Balsamic onion, goat cheese and basil pizza


So somehow we completely skipped the nice spring weather here in the DC area.  It went straight from raining constantly to 90+ degrees and high humidity.  In my opinion, there is nothing better when it’s hot out to eat delicious fresh fruit, cookout on the grill, and eat as much basil from the garden as you can.  So when a colleague of mine brought me in some freshly cut basil from her garden, I couldn’t wait to eat it.  Now this was two days before moving day, so I was very limited with the items I had at my disposal.  So I decided to make pizza.

You will need:
1 package Pillsbury pizza crust (I like thin crust)*
3 or so tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-sized sweet onion, evenly sliced (using your mandoline is a good idea here)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 6oz or so package goat’s milk cheese, crumbled
very generously large handful fresh basil, chiffonade**

*for the pizza crust – any store-bought variety or homemade if you have the patience for that – I however, do not
**to chiffonade the basil, stack several basil leaves on top of each other, then roll it up into as tight of a roll as you can, and slice – this will create thin strips of the basil, perfect for sprinkling on top

Directions:
Follow the directions on your pizza crust for cooking.  I sprayed a cookie sheet with Pam and then spread out the pizza crust.  I brushed it with olive oil and then precooked it for about 6 minutes.

onions will look like this

Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium high heat.  Melt the butter, then add in the sliced onions.  Let cook until soft and starting to caramelize, about 8 minutes, stirring often.  Add in the balsamic and let cook for about 5 more minutes.

Once the crust is precooked, put the onions, goat cheese and basil on top.  Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with some olive oil.  Cook for another 8 minutes or so.  Let sit for a couple of minutes, then cut and eat!

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