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Caramelized Onion, White Cheddar & Arugula Pizza

When you close your eyes and blow out your birthday candles, what do you wish for? World peace? Fairy-tale love? Not me. I hunger for a lifetime of endless pizza, slice after slice of cheesy, gooey goodness.

March 17th, 2016

From Lick Your Plate by Julie Albert & Lisa Gnat

Now, thanks to Lisa’s pizza prowess, I no longer have to worry about takeout times and delayed deliveries. I know where I’m going to score my next pie—my own kitchen. Using this easy recipe, I can channel my inner Italian and whip up my own perfect pizza—crisp crust topped with sweet caramelized onions, sharp white cheddar, peppery arugula, juicy cherry tomatoes and finished with a sprinkle of tangy Gruyère whenever the mood strikes. See? Dreams really do come true.
MAKES 2 (10-inch) pizzas
Prep Time
20 minutes (+30 minutes rising time)
Cook Time
35 minutes
  • Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package (¼ oz) active dry yeast (not rapid rise)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Extra flour, for kneading
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 large yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups loosely packed arugula
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • ½ cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Kosher salt, to sprinkle
  1. FOR THE PIZZA DOUGH, in a large bowl, combine flour, yeast and salt. Add oil and water and knead lightly to combine ingredients. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for 3–5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky. You may need to add more flour as you are kneading. Coat a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Place dough in the bowl, cover with a dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes.

  2. PREHEAT OVEN to 450°F and preheat a pizza stone for at least 30 minutes before baking pizzas.

  3. TO PREPARE THE CARAMELIZED ONIONS, heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions, sugar and salt. Sauté 20 minutes, until onions are a deep golden color. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 minute more. Set aside.

  4. TO ASSEMBLE PIZZAS, divide the dough in half and roll each half into a 10-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Spread caramelized onions on the base of both pizzas. Sprinkle with white cheddar cheese. In a medium bowl, toss arugula, tomatoes, olive oil and salt. Place arugula mixture on top of the white cheddar and evenly sprinkle grated Gruyère over both pizzas. Drizzle a few drops of olive oil over the pizzas and sprinkle with salt. Transfer pizza to the preheated stone and bake until crust is golden, about 12–15 minutes.

  5. Buy a prepared crust and top it as above.

Caramelized Onion, White Cheddar & Arugula Pizza
Ryan Szulc

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