Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Balsamic Onions (and Figgy Pizza)

I recently found myself in possession of an inordinately large quantity of fresh figs (thanks, Costco!). I decided to make a fig pizza (inspired by, but quite different than, this one by the fabulous Leftover Queen). The combination of flavors that found its way into my head for this dish: olive oil, figs, and fresh mozzarella topped with arugula and the balsamic onions from my foodie to-do list.

Fig, Arugula, and Balsamic Onion Pizza

The pizza came out amazingly, but I'm not going to share the recipe because I'm not sure I could tell you how to recreate it. What I will tell you about, though, is these onions. Ohh, these onions. They are just divine. I couldn't really taste the balsamic vinegar, though I'm sure it contributed to the overall flavor. These would be great atop burgers, mixed with pasta, or even on their own as a side dish because they're that good.

Balsamic Onions

I used a red onion and a yellow one, because that's what I had, but you can use either or both. This recipe made plenty to top a pizza for two.

Balsamic Onions
Adapted from The Greedy Gourmet
Printable Recipe

2 large onions
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
Healthy pinch of sea salt

1. Peel onions and slice into thin strips.

2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the butter to the pan. Once it melts, add the onions. Stir the onions so that they are well coated. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions begin to sweat (look glossy).

3. Add the balsamic vinegar, sugar and salt.

4. Continue cooking on low heat for about 10-15 minutes until the onions have softened, stirring occasionally.

5. Serve warm. If making ahead, allow the onions to cool and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge.


Phoo-D said...

I love onions cooked this way! They are also really good on top of a grilled portabella mushroom with a little blue cheese. Thanks for stopping by earlier!

mangocheeks said...

Figgy pizza. I am intrigued.

Mary Camu said...

That pizza looks wonderful!!!!! Wow. I love unique pizzas!!!

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