Monday, November 1, 2010

A Midnight Pizza

eggplant, caramelized onion and prosciutto pizza with smoked mozzarella

When I awoke bleary-eyed at 12:15 am last night, I rolled over to Jeff's side of the bed to discover a still-warm, empty spot. Fearing he was ill, I immediately walked to the bathroom. Empty. I walked into the kitchen and there he was, standing in the darkened room lit only by the bluish glow of the refrigerator light. His cheeks were bulging, and he was holding a big slice of leftover eggplant and caramelized onion pizza.

"Watcha doin'?" I asked.

"Noffin," he said, trying unsuccessfully, to hide the ball of pizza stuffed in his mouth.

"Doesn't look like nothin'," I said, "Looks like pizza."

"You're dreaming. Go back to bed," he said. 

If ever there was a pizza worth getting up in the middle of the night, it's this eggplant, caramelized onion and prosciutto pizza with smoked mozzarella.

Eggplant, Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella
Makes 8 slices
Printable recipe.

I used store bought basic white pizza dough for this recipe. But if you're looking to make your own, here are my recipes for basic white pizza dough and whole wheat pizza dough.

1 pound store bought pizza dough
1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch thick round slices (about 8-10 slices)
1 medium sweet onion, such as Vidalia, thinly sliced
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1/3 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes (about 5)
2 tablespoons sliced Kalamata olives (about 8)
2/3 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped basil
1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped parsley
8 slices of prosciutto

1. Preheat oven broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Lay eggplant slices on sheet without overlapping. Brush both sides of slices with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Broil for 7-8 minutes or until browned. Flip over, and broil another 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven.

2. Position an oven rack in the lowest setting. Place pizza stone on the rack. Preheat oven to 500 F. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onions;  cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Once they begin browning, lower the heat and cook until soft and browned all over, about 12-15 minutes. Stir in sherry vinegar and heat 1 minute.

3. Roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Brush with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil. Spread with tomato sauce leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with half of the smoked mozzarella. Arrange eggplant slices, slightly overlapping. Top with sun-dried tomatoes; arrange caramelized onions evenly on top and scatter the olives. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper and remaining smoked mozzarella. Slide pizza onto preheated pizza stone scattered with 1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until both the top and bottom of the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Place prosciutto slices on the hot pizza. Sprinkle evenly with fresh herbs before serving.

4. If you don't have a pizza stone, then preheat oven to 450 F. Place rolled out dough a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until both the top and bottom of the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Here are more pizza recipes from Food Blogga you might enjoy:
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza recipe from Food Blogga
Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza recipe from Food Blogga
Fresh Fig and Fennel Pizza recipe from Food Blogga
Buffalo Chicken Pizza recipe from Eclectic Recipes
Zucchini and Goat's Cheese Pizza recipe from The Purple Foodie
Roasted Pepper, Onion, and Sweet Corn Pizza recipe from Local Kitchen