Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza

04.06.2015

Are you ready to try a new exciting spin on pizza? I know that I always game seeing as pizza is one of my favorite foods. I will never get tired of it and since the topping options are endless I never have to get bored of it.

Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza | Cooking Classy

This is a topping combinations you simply have to try! Even if you don’t love onions you will most likely still love this pizza. Since the onions are caramelized it really just tones down that harsh bite they can have, it mellows out their bold flavor and even brings out some sweetness in them. Then when you pair that with salty, crispy bacon, fresh spinach and melty mozzarella and parmesan cheese you have got a rave worthy pizza. You know, the kind your guests will be talking about for years.

Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this fabulously gourmet and perfectly flavorful pizza! It’s one I will make time and time again!

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Caramlized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza

5 from 2 votes

Yield: 1 12-inch pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pizza dough homemade or store bought
  • 7 slices bacon (7 oz), cooked and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil , divided
  • 8 oz baby spinach
  • 1 large red onion , sliced 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 oz low-moisture mozzarella cheese , shredded
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese , finely shredded

Instructions

  1. Place a pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 475 degrees.

  2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach and saute just until wilted. Transfer to several layers of paper towels and squeeze some of the excess liquid from spinach, set aside.
  3. Add another 1 Tbsp olive oil to skillet and set over medium heat. Add onions, season lightly with salt and saute 10 minutes. Add sugar and cook until they begin to caramelize, about 5 - 10 minutes longer, adding a few tbsp water as needed to prevent them from drying and burning. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook 1 minute longer, set aside.
  4. Shape pizza dough into a 12-inch round over a lightly floured surface, leaving a larger rim around edge of dough for crust. Brush top with remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and let rest 10 minutes.

  5. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. While whisking, slowly pour milk into flour mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and bring mixture just to a boil stirring constantly then remove from heat.
  6. Spread white sauce evenly over pizza, leaving crust uncoated. Top with half of the mozzarella and half of the parmesan, then add spinach, bacon and onions. Top with remaining half of the mozzarella and parmesan. Using a pizza peel, transfer pizza to preheated pizza stone and bake in preheated oven 8 - 12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden.

  7. Recipe source: Inspired by Cooking Light

36 comments

  • Raquel: This was a great combination of toppings! Loved it! October 29, 2015 at 10:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Raquel! Thanks for your feedback! October 30, 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Becca: Made this! This pizza is unbelievably delicious. It’s worth the effort to make the homemade dough as well. Leftovers were also amazing. October 1, 2015 at 12:30pm Reply

  • Chris: I made this last night. It was excellent. While it did take a while to prepare, it was well worth it. Everyone loved it, and I will definitely be making this again. April 9, 2015 at 10:38am Reply

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments: I love caramelized onions on my pizzas. It’s one of my fav toppings and you can never go wrong with bacon!
    Looks fabulous! April 8, 2015 at 7:00am Reply

  • Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg: Oooh. I love caramelized onions! Such a delicious-looking pizza. I need it all. :) YUM! April 8, 2015 at 6:23am Reply

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes): I would love a slice of this right now! April 7, 2015 at 6:26pm Reply

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: What a delish pizza! I love caramelized onions! :) April 6, 2015 at 11:08pm Reply

  • Kelly: This looks and sounds AMAZING, yum!

    xx Kelly April 6, 2015 at 7:28pm Reply

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