Monday, December 15, 2008

Tha Pizza Cutta Presents: Creamed Onions and Spinach Pesto Pizza

Pizza is one of those dishes that is great for cupboard cleaning. "I got a little of this, a bunch of that, and I better use this cheese before it goes bad," and so on until you've got a new and awesome pizza dish that is quick and easy for dinner. And hey, I gotta live up to my name so for the Cream Onions and Spinach Pesto Pizza, I had a bunch of, you guessed it, spinach and onions that needed to be eaten sooner rather than later. I was thinking of side dishes but nothing was WOWING me until I checked up on one of my favorite blogs: Proud Italian Cook and her (Marie's) latest recipe of Roasted Parmesan Creamed Onions. As soon as I read about this dish I knew instantly I was going home to make it for something to do with dinner. Looking back, I wish I had pics of just the onions because their flavor and visual was nothing short of stunning-Thanks Marie!!

Creamed Onions and Spinach Pesto Pizza with Dates and Dry Salami
Once I was in the kitchen cutting up the onions, all the pieces to my pizza starting falling into place like a really fun puzzle. I had spinach, walnuts, and parmesan reggiano so I was going to make a pesto! I had mozzerella and asiago cheese so I had a great melter of a cheese and a great taster of a cheese. I had dry Bianco D'ior salami and dates so I had a variety of toppings for a more full flavor profile and extra texture dimensions. Plus of course I had the package of 2 small Boboli pizza crusts which I honestly always pick up when I am out food shopping. It's like having bread in the house-it's a staple plus they have been fail-safe for me years, and to be honest I haven't gotten that homemade pizza dough just right yet. O_0

Pizza in the back = Dates, Pizza in the front = None, and Featuring our Graffiti Coffee Table Customized by Pete!

Here's my 10 Steps to the Creamed Onion and Spinach Pesto Pizza Pie:
  • First, I followed Marie's recipe exactly only scaling down because it's just me and Pete eating here!
  • Second, I made the spinach pesto. I am sure everybody has their go-to pesto recipe on hand so I wont' bore you guys with mine. However, I will mention that I add lemon juice for zing and to thin out the sauce a bit.
  • Third, preheated the oven to 375.
  • Fourth, laid down the pesto on the Bobolis.
  • Fifth, laid down 2 pieces of deli cut asiago cheese.
  • Sixth, creamed onions went all over the place.
  • Seventh, sprinkling of shredded mozzerella cheese making sure to take it all the way to the edges so it binds all the toppings together.
  • Eighth, placed the chopped dates and salami.
  • Ninth, baked for 35-40 minutes.
  • Tenth, let it cool, did my pizza cutta thing and devoured it!!
And in keeping with the terrible stereotype, BadaBing-BadaBoom, Rachel 'Tha Pizza Cutta' Joyce delicious pizza pie!


The Duo Dishes said...

Dates on a pizza! What a great idea. Looks really appetizing. :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Hi Rachel, Brilliant idea to put them on pizza, I'll have to try that! Yumm! I'm so glad you liked the onions. It's amazing how something so simple could taste so good. Thanks for your sweet words, and the link love! :)
xoxo, Marie

Lick My Spoon said...

mmm, i'm thinking a little pizza cutta action will be just the thing for dinner tonight! thanks for the idea!

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

I am glad Tha Pizza Cutta did not disappoint!

Duo - try those dates with a sharp cheese, yum!

Marie - no way I could've done it without you. You are a constant inspiration!

LMS - I am glad you are pizza-focused! Your posts motivate me to get in the kitchen and on the move. :)

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