Caramelized Onion, Mushroom & Gorgonzola Pizza

We love pizza night in our house — who doesn’t?  However, sometimes you need a more adult pizza.  By slowly caramelizing onions, sauteing mushrooms in a little white wine and garlic, and adding a little gorgonzola cheese to melt into the parm & mozzarella, the ultimate adult pizza is created.

Pair this with a crisp white wine and this is not an ordinary weeknight dinner.

Caramelizing onions takes patience.  You can’t have your pan on a very high heat or the onions will burn.  You need to baby these onions, gently stirring them on a regular basis so they get that nice, golden color.

Here you can see where I started, with one medium yellow onion sliced:

caramelized onion

To caramelize onions I use 1 Tbs of butter and about 1 tsp of olive oil to a pan over medium heat and just keep stirring.

After several minutes, your onions will start to look like the photo below.  Keep stirring, turning down the heat if they are getting brown too quickly.

caramelized onions

After about 15-20 minutes of sauteing these beauties, add a splash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt.  They should be caramelized and sweet, reduced by about two-thirds of the original amount (approximately 1/2 Cup of caramelized onions).  You can use these on anything — sandwiches, as a base for French onion soup, on burgers, or as a pizza topping.

caramelized onions complete

To saute mushrooms, add about 1 Tbs of butter to a pan with 1 tsp of olive oil, about 1/2 cup sliced crimini mushrooms and a pinch of salt.  Heat over medium high heat until the mushrooms are cooked, then add 1 small clove of minced garlic and a splash of white wine.

sauted mushrooms

caramelized onion, mushroom, and gorgonzola pizza

Combine it all together on homemade crust (here is a good recipe:  pizza dough)  brushed with olive oil, add some gorgonzola, mozzarella, parmesan cheese (and I used some green olives).  Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 10-15 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.

caramelized onion, mushroom, and gorgonzola pizza

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