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31.3.11

Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe | Easy Entertaining | Gourmet Pizza Party Menu

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Pizza 

Chewy pizza dough, creamy goat cheese, sweet caramelized onions and tangy balsamic dressed greens... sound good?  This is one of those easy dinners (or lunches) that will satisfy every craving and leaving you wanting nothing.
Begin by turning out the dough onto a floured board.
Form the dough (by stretching and pulling) into a disk.  You can make it as thick or as thin as you'd like.

 Drizzle the dough with olive oil.
 Crumble soft goat cheese over the dough.
Add caramelized onions (I got these from our grocery store salad bar).

Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degees.

 I like to serve this pizza with field greens tossed in a simple balsamic vinaigrette and parmesan cheese.

4 cups of field greens
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of dried italian herbs
2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

Stir together olive oil, vinegar and herbs.  Toss with greens and top with cheese.

If you're feeling daring, serve the cold salad right on top of the hot pizza... trust me - it is good.

This recipe is part of my Homemade Pizza Party - a $40 Dinner Party Menu.  Get the shopping list here :

Homemade Pizza Party Menu & Shopping List >>

Shrimp Pesto Pizza Recipe >>


Margarita Pizza Recipe >>

Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe >>





Pesto Shrimp Pizza Recipe | Homemade Pizza Party | Easy Entertaining






For the Pizza :

On a floured board, shape dough into a round disk.
 










Top with Homemade Pesto.  I like a lot of pesto - a thin layer would probably be more "Italian."




 Top with uncooked shrimp.  I sliced these shrimp in half to help them cook more quickly and to make them easier to eat.

Bake at 425 degrees for 8 minutes (longer for a bigger or thicker pizza).

Top the pizza with 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese (or more or less... up to you).  Bake for 2-4 more minutes to melt the cheese.*

*You can put it on "broil" to get some nice color on top and to melt the cheese. 


Top with more parmesan cheese to serve.  This is one of my favorites... enjoy!


This recipe is part of my Homemade Pizza Party - a $40 Dinner Party Menu.  Get the shopping list here :


Homemade Pizza Party Menu & Shopping List >>
Shrimp Pesto Pizza Recipe >>

Margarita Pizza Recipe >>
Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe >>

Margarita Pizza Recipe | Homemade | Pizza Party | Budget Friendly Dinner Party Idea


Margarita Pizza

There is something so good about a fresh margarita pizza.  Maybe the simplicity.  Maybe the cheese.  Probably the cheese and the fact that there is nothing competing with it for attention.

Veggie Packed Salad

I like to serve this classic, simple margarita pizza with veggie packed salad - tomatoes, red pepper, cucumber and red onion.  It makes me feel better about non existent nutritional value that the pizza provides.

Click here for the ingredient lists and an easy lemon vinaigrette recipe.

Homemade Margarita Pizza

Pre-Made Pizza Dough*
*I bought this dough at Whole Foods, you can also go to any pizza place and ask for a round of dough.  It typically costs about $2 for a large piece.
1 - 14.5 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 tablespoon of dried italian herbs (you can use any brand with oregano & basil)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
fresh mozzarella
fresh basil
parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.



For the Pizza Sauce :

In a saucepan, saute the garlic on medium heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Add dried herbs.  Add in crushed tomatoes, salt and sugar.  Cook over medium heat for 10-20 minutes.

For the Pizza : 

On a floured board, shape dough into a round disk.
You may need to stretch and pull it.  Transfer to a baking sheet.


Top the dough with the tomato sauce.

 You can put as much as you like - I like a lot of sauce...
Add mozzarella cheese.  Again, you can put as little or as much as you'd like.  I tried to slice the fresh mozzarella thinly to make it melt easily.
Sprinkle a pinch of dried herbs over the cheese and sauce.

Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes (for 8 inch pizza).  You may need to cook longer for larger pizza or thicker sauce.



























Top with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese.





Homemade Pizza Party Menu & Shopping List >>


Shrimp Pesto Pizza Recipe >>


Margarita Pizza Recipe >>

Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe >>

Homemade Pizza Favorites


Homemade Pizza

I love to make homemade pizza.  While pizza is so easy to order in, I like the hands on approach when we want to spend some time together - like on Friday or Saturday night and dinner is the main activity.  It is really fun to do for guests, too.  I buy the dough from Trader Joe's and keep it in the freezer.  We seem to always have something around to create a pizza... even if we have to get 'creative.'  Here are some of my favorites.

Shrimp Pesto Pizza

Pizza dough spread generously with homemade pesto, shrimp and parmesan cheese.

Shrimp Pesto Pizza Recipe >>












Margarita Pizza

A simple Italian classic - crushed tomato sauce topped with fresh mozzarella and fresh basil.

Margarita Pizza Recipe >>

Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Pizza

Tangy goat cheese and sweet caramelized onions make this pizza sooo good.  I like to top it with field greens dressed in balsamic vinaigrette for some extra texture and flavor.

Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe >>








28.3.11

East Hampton Beach | Early Morning Walk on The Beach


East Hampton Early Morning walk on The Beach

We got up early (about 6am) to take Mr. Darcy for a walk on the beach.  It was so nice to be up before anyone else in town.


The beaches are beautiful and wide.  


This was Mr. Darcy's first trip to the beach.


At first Mr. Darcy was scared of the ocean - the sound of the waves sent him running!


He warmed up to it in no time.




My Hunter boots saved the day again - who knew they were perfect for beach walking on a cold morning?!

Posts from Our East Hampton Weekend :

We even spotted The Barefoot Contessa and drove by Martha Stewart's Lily Pond home.















The beautiful homes and charming town of East Hampton








The delightful Inn we stayed at The Mill House - dog friendly!



East Hampton Weekend | Around Town


The Town of East Hampton is a quaint main street filled with local boutiques and national brands like Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, Calypso, Jill Stewart, etc.



The Ralph Lauren Kids store was so impressive, it deserves a post of its very own... you won't believe what is inside!


The Main Street runs along this pond in the middle of town.  The Historic Society of East Hampton has maintained the original settlement buildings and houses that existed 300 years ago - East Hampton was settled in 1748!


This burying ground is right on the pond in town.



I picture the play "Our Town" set in a town like this.


Grand Homes...


Hedges and fences rule East Hampton because of the privacy it offers to the rich and famous. 


Everything was so meticulously groomed.


Unreal.  Can you imagine doing this?




Cute little cottage - this is all I'd need... so adorable.



Classic Salt-Box House.


We saw herds of deer everywhere!




The Mulford Farmstead, a historical farm right in the middle of town, happened to be closed on Sunday when we went by.  We took photos of the grounds - everything in this town is so neatly kept, even in the Winter.


I'd love to have a garden like this.


The garden was such a focal point of homes before commercialization and mass production.  I like how the gates line up - they lead right to the front door (where I'm standing).  I imagine the trellis are beautiful in bloom.


The windmill was beautiful.


This is the foundation of the windmill... guess it works!



I like the tall and narrow Saltbox houses.  Picture perfect.



This tree was spectacular! 


After he drove me by Martha Stewart's and The Barefoot Contessa's homes, Mike requested we stop by famous Shinnecock Hills golf course. 


Here is a great farm stand and market - the island is filled with them.  Even though it is known for being the playground of the rich and famous, the historical agricultural impact is still apparent today.


Posts from Our East Hampton Weekend :

We even spotted The Barefoot Contessa and drove by Martha Stewart's Lily Pond home.








Our early morning walk on the beach with Mr. Darcy.










The delightful Inn we stayed at The Mill House - dog friendly!


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