Friday, May 20, 2011

Sweet Heat Caramelized Onion and Spinach Pizza

Friday night at our house means one of two things--pizza or fish. Tonight I am limited to things I have on hand in the house, so the decision is made--pizza!

Pizza is one of the most versatile foods there is. Seriously, you can top the dough with just about anything. Feeling Hawaiian? Throw some pineapple on there. Mexican? A little taco meat. Plus, you can have as few or as many ingredients as you want. Or have. Did I mention that I am limited to things I have on hand in the house? It seems to me that it's time for a Saucy Mama Fabulous with Five recipe. 

Sweet Heat Caramelized Onion and Spinach Pizza

2 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling on pizza
1 large sweet onion, sliced thin
1/4 cup Saucy Mama Sweet Heat Marinade, plus more if needed
1 pound prepared pizza dough*
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
1 cup shredded Mozzarella or blended cheese
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

*You can find prepared pizza dough in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores, or ask your favorite pizza restaurant if they will sell you some dough.

Place a pizza stone in the oven and heat oven to 450 degrees F. (Use the back side of a baking sheet if you don't have a stone).

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the onions to the pan. Cook onions, stirring often, until softened, but not brown, about five minutes. Pour the Sweet Heat Marinade evenly over the top of the onions, reduce the heat to simmer and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until caramelized. Add 1-2 additional tablespoons marinade if the onions look too dry. Remove from heat and set aside.

Sprinkle some flour on your work surface (if you use a silicone baking mat, you can omit the flour), and roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch circle. There is no need to be precise...mine turned out a little oblong rather than round. Generously sprinkle a pizza peel with corn meal and transfer the pizza dough to the peel. Again, use the back of a baking pan if you don't have a peel.

I was out of Mozzarella cheese, so I used what I had. This was a Mexican blend and it worked just fine.....

Drizzle a little olive oil on the pizza dough. Top with the spinach leaves, the caramelized onions and the cheese. Carefully, slide the pizza onto the pizza stone Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden. Sprinkle with some sea salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired.

The caramelized onions made with the marinade are nothing short of amazing. Saucy Mama Sweet Heat Marinade includes black pepper and sweet-hot chili sauce---you really don't need any other spices. I did enjoy a sprinkle of sea salt and some freshly ground pepper on my slice, however.

I know you want some.....

This is my final entry into Saucy Mama's Fabulous with Five Recipe Contest. You still have time to win your own box of Saucy Mama goodness. Just leave a comment on this post Tri-Tip Hoagies with Sweet Heat Slaw. You have until 11:59 P.M. on May 21, 2011 to enter. Don't forget to check out Saucy Mama's site--you can order sauce to your heart's content.


  1. Yes, I want some! That's the kind of Pizza I like - veggie

  2. I hope you saved me a slice?!? :)

  3. Yumm, that looks absolutely amazing, love the caramelized onions!

  4. I wanna come for dinner at your house!!

  5. Caramelized onions on pizza sounds amazing! I am going to have to try this next time we make pizza at home!

  6. This pizza looks almost the same the one that I eat on sbarro the only difference is they used broccoli with lots of cheese yummy I also want to taste this one.

  7. I just bookmarked these wonderful recipes...thank you for sharing them :)

  8. This looks delicious! I love that sweet heat sauce and it probably goes great with the onions.

  9. OMG!!! that looks amazing! My full stomach is growling. I haven't made pizza in a while...think it's time to do it again!