Recipe Card #4: Goat’s Cheese & Caramelised Red Onion Pizza
Bored of the pizza classics? We have the perfect recipe for you. Tangy, sweet and creamy – this goat’s cheese and caramelised red onion pizza makes the perfect appetiser pizza for your family and friends. Imagine cheese, chutney and crackers but warm and gooey on a pizza fresh out of the oven!
Perfect for: When you’re bored of the pizza classics.
Difficulty: Moderate (if making caramelised red onion chutney from scratch!)
To make 2 Goat’s Cheese & Caramelised Red Onion pizzas:
120g of goat’s cheese (1 packet)
5 tablespoons of caramelised red onion chutney
Drizzle of olive oil
Flour for sprinkling on work and transfer surface
Mama Mei’s Pizza Dough
Caramelised red onion chutney:
1 large red onion, finely sliced
1 large yellow onion, finely sliced
50g soft brown sugar
100ml of vinegar of choice (we recommend malt vinegar)
1-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 crushed garlic clove
1 teaspoon of mustard
¼ teaspoon of paprika
2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter
Preparing the caramelised red onion chutney:
If you’re looking for a quick and easy option, there is no shame in buying a jar of your favourite caramelised red onion chutney. We love M&S’s version! If you rather make your own, see the recipe below.
- Heat the butter or olive oil in a heavy saucepan.
- Add the finely sliced onions and gently cook down over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Stir regularly.
- Add in half of the sugar and slightly increase the heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until the onions gain some colour.
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Add all remaining ingredients and reduce chutney. This will take approximately 30-40 minutes. The chutney should start to turn a deep colour and thicken. Stir occasionally to prevent the chutney from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- When done, turn off the heat and leave to cool. The chutney is done when you drag a wooden spoon across the bottom of your saucepan and it takes a few seconds for the chutney to cover the pan again.
- Heat your oven to a minimum temperature of 250°C with a baking tray inside for 30 minutes prior to cooking. A pre-heated baking tray will mimic the bottom of a pizza oven and help get a crisp bottom.
Tip: To get the best crust, the hotter your oven, the better! In our Test Kitchen we typically get to 270°C.
- Cut the goat’s cheese into 0.5cm thick medallions and set aside.
- Flour your work surface and cut aside a piece of parchment paper.
- Gently stretch your pizza dough to your desired size. Check out our instructions and video on the How-To section of our website for details on how to stretch our dough.
- Place your stretched dough onto your parchment paper.
- Scatter the goat’s cheese and dollop the caramelised red onion chutney to your pizza, to taste.
- Drizzle a good amount of olive oil onto your pizza.
- Place your pizza on your pre-heated baking tray. Cook your pizza for 5-7 minutes, depending on your preference and oven. With our oven, 6 minutes and 20 seconds is perfect.
- Remove your pizza from your oven and place onto a chopping board. Tongs can help with this as your pizza will be piping hot!
- Serve hot. Buon appetito!
Entertain your family & friends
Some interesting facts on caramelisation
Caramelisation is the process of browning sugar to achieve a sweet, nutty flavour and deep, brown colour. When we think of caramel, we think of the sticky, gooey, sweet browning of raw sugar. However, you can caramelise any food that contains any form of sugar. This includes carbohydrates, which are the sugars in starches, that exist in fruits and vegetables. Caramelisation is caused by a thermal decomposition process called pyrolysis. In plain English, this is a term used to describe types of changes that occur when a substance is exposed to certain temperatures.
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