VEGETARIAN PIZZA WITH CARAMELISED ONIONS, PEPPERS AND BLUE CHEESE

INGREDIENTS

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 0,7 kg sweet onions, cut into thin half-moons
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips about 5cm’s long
  • 0,4 kg premade pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup finely crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

BRAAI SET UP

Step 1
Prepare the braai for direct cooking over medium heat (about 180° to 230° C)

IN THE KITCHEN

Step 1
In a large skillet over medium-high heat on the stove, warm 3 tablespoons oil. Add the onions and sugar and cook until golden, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the vinegar and cook for 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt. Transfer the onions to a bowl and return the skillet over medium-high heat. Warm 2 teaspoons of oil and add the bell pepper. Cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Add to the onions and allow to completely cool.

Step 2
Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Lightly brush four 23-centimetre squares of parchment paper on one side with oil. Using your fingers, flatten each piece of dough on an oiled square of parchment paper to create four rounds, each 18 to 20 centimetres in diameter and about 0,6 centimetres thick. Lightly brush the tops of the dough with oil. Allow the dough to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

AT THE BRAAI

Step 1
Brush the cooking grates clean. Braai the dough, paper side facing up, over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until well-marked and firm on the underside, 2 to 5 minutes, rotating as needed for even cooking. Discard the parchment paper. Transfer the crusts to a work surface with the grilled side facing up.

Step 2
Evenly divide the mozzarella, onion and bell pepper mixture, blue cheese, and walnuts over the crusts. Return the pizzas to the braai and cook over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the crusts are crisp, 2 to 5 minutes, rotating the pizzas occasionally for even cooking. Transfer to a cutting board, top with parsley, and cut into wedges. Serve warm.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Braai time: 4 to 10 minutes
Serves: 4 people

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