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Caramelized Red Onion and Fig Pizza



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Most of us don't get enough fresh fruits, vegetables or whole grains in our diets. Recipes like this one help you brighten up your plate in a fun, easy way. For more great ideas on making delicious pizza at home, check out these eight tips from Food & Nutrition.


Caramelized Red Onion and Fig Pizza 

Makes one 10-inch pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound whole-wheat, room-temperature pizza dough
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup chopped dried mission figs
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 500°F. Place a pizza stone or rimmed baking sheet in the oven.
  2. In a sauté pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 12 minutes, until translucent. Add vinegar, salt and pepper and stir, cooking for more 5 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside.
  3. Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper to a diameter of 10 inches. Remove top sheet of parchment paper and cover dough evenly with cheeses, figs, walnuts, onions and oregano.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 450°F and transfer the pizza, on parchment paper, to the pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, until cheese is golden and crust is crisp. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing into 8 wedges and serving.

Note: If you have sensitive eyes like mine, try putting the red onion in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.


Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, is a New York Times bestselling author and nationally recognized health expert who writes for Parents, BabyCenter, Today.com and Cooking Light. Connect with her on her website and through TwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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