It’s Big Game time and I know you are thinking about all of the dips, wings, pizza, meatballs, and mini-hot dogs you can make, but why not add something a little different to your party menu this year. I know that it may seem a little too fancy for watching football, but my Caramelized Onion and Brie Pizza will fit in nicely between the buffalo wings and queso dip. Give your guests something to talk about other than the game and make them my Caramelized Onion and Brie Pizza.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring cups and spoons, a knife and cutting board, a mixing spoon, a large sauté pan, a baking sheet, the stove and the oven.
If you are not allowed to use a knife, oven or stove by yourself, you can ask an adult for help.
ChefElla’s Caramelized Onion and Brie Pizza (8-12 pieces)
1 ea. Par-Baked Pizza Crust, Thin
-For my pizza I used a pre-made pizza dough and par-baked it. Par-baking is when you bake dough about 75% of the way to done and then you take it out of the oven and finish baking it later.
1 Large Red Onion, Julienned (cut into strips) (About 3-4 Cup)
-Cut off the root and stem ends of your red onion. Peel off the paper skin. Place the onion flat side down and cut the onion in half leaving two half-moons. Place the onion flat side down on your cutting board. The stem end of the onion should be facing you. Start slicing the onion into thin strips. If you cut the onion parallel to the stem cut, you will cut your onion into half-moons. By cutting the onion with the stem cut facing you, the onion will be cut into strips or julienne.
2 Tbl. Butter
1 Tbl. Olive Oil
6-8 oz. Champignon Brie (Mushroom Brie). If you prefer regular brie you can use that.
4-5 oz. Quince Paste. If you cannot find quince paste you can substitute fig jam.
1 tsp Salt, Kosher or Sea
½ tsp Black Pepper
3. Preheat your oven to 400F.
4. For my pizza I first sprayed my baking sheet with pan spray or you can spread a little oil over the pan. I rolled out my dough onto the baking sheet and pressed it out until it covered the pan evenly. Bake the pizza crust on the baking sheet on the middle rack of your oven for 5-6 minutes, or until it sets up and can be taken off of the pan. Remove the crust from the oven and let cool.
NOTE: If you are using a pre-baked pizza crust go to step 5.
5. Slice up your onion. Heat your sauté pan on medium heat on the stove. Add your olive oil and butter to the pan. When the butter melts add the onions, salt and pepper. Mix well so that the onion gets coated with the oil and butter. Turn the heat to just under medium.
6. Cook for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. You want the onions to cook slowly so that the sugar in the onion turns brown over time. When the onions are nice and brown remove from the heat and set aside. It is better to cook with a lower heat than a higher heat when making caramelized onions.
7. You will need to be able to spread your quince paste on the pizza crust. Take your quince paste and place in a small microwaveable bowl. Heat for 20-30 seconds. Mix the quince paste with a fork.
8. Spread your quince paste evenly over the pizza crust. Slice off the white layer of your brie and cut your brie in half. Take half of the brie, and using your fingers, break small pieces of the brie evenly over the top of your pizza. Don’t worry it will melt and cover the crust when you bake it.
9. Spread the caramelized onions evenly over the top of your pizza. Take the other half of the brie and break small pieces of the brie evenly over the top of the pizza.
10. Slide your pizza off of your baking sheet and onto the middle rack the oven. If you do not like to bake your pizza without anything under it, you can bake it on a piece of aluminum foil.
11. Bake for 5-6 minutes and then turn the pizza 180 degrees and bake for another 4-6 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden color. Remove from the oven cut into squares and serve.
If you are feeling creative you can add prosciutto, chopped pistachios, or caramelized Brussel sprouts to your pizza.
ChefElla’s helpers can help by:
Measuring the ingredients
Spreading out the pizza crust on the pan
Topping the pizza with brie
Older helpers can help by:
Helping prepare the vegetables
Cooking the onions
Building the pizza