White Pizza

by Lana Stuart on May 19, 2010 · 13 comments

White Pizza

It probably won’t surprise anyone to know that one of my favorite activities is watching Food Network. Especially on weekend mornings when they have people on there who are actually cooking. Recently I’ve been watching the 5-Ingredient show with Claire Robinson. She does some amazing things with just five ingredients.

So, a couple of weeks ago I watched her make a “white pizza.” A white pizza is, aptly enough, a pizza with no tomato sauce. Her pizza consisted of a purchased dough (ingredient 1), garlic-flavored olive oil (ingredient 2), mozzarella cheese (ingredient 3), ricotta cheese (ingredient 4) and oregano (ingredient 5). The finished pie looked absolutely beautiful. But, as I tend to do, I thought maybe I could improve it with a few additional ingredients.

I added some caramelized onions, fresh basil, dried Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes and chives. It was really outstanding.

Because there are so few ingredients in this pizza, it really pays to use the best quality you can get. Especially the dough. For this time I purchased a dough from my local Publix. They have them right in the cold case in the bakery. I left it in the refrigerator overnight and then let it sit out for about an hour before I started baking. It was pretty good, but not great. Next time I’ll use my standard pizza dough recipe. It’s a really good one that cooks up crisp on the edges and has a great yeasty taste.

1 pizza dough
2 large onions, halved and sliced
2 tblsp. olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
Cooking spray
3 cups shredded mozzarella
3-4 large basil leaves, chopped or cut into chiffonade
1-2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
1 tblsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/2 – 3/4 cup ricotta
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Salt to taste
2-3 tblsp. fresh chives, chopped (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onions. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Cook until the onions are tender, brown and caramelized.

I don’t have a pizza stone or pizza peel, so I simply use a metal pizza pan. If you have a stone, please use it for this pizza! Coat a pizza pan with cooking spray. Place the prepared pizza dough in the pan. Drizzle dough generously with olive oil. Evenly distribute the mozzarella and caramelized onions over the dough. Add the basil, oregano and dried Italian seasoning. Drop the ricotta in tablespoonful-sized dollops evenly over the pizza. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes. Salt lightly with kosher or sea salt. Brush with additional olive oil around the edges of the pizza.

Bake 25-30 minutes at 400 or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh chives if desired.

Enjoy!

White Pizza

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

White Pizza

A very simple pizza with no tomato sauce - just crust, cheese, onions, and herbs

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza dough
  • 2 large onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 tblsp. olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 3-4 large basil leaves, chopped or cut into chiffonade
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tblsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tblsp. fresh chives, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onions. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Cook until onions are tender, brown and caramelized.
  3. Coat a pizza pan with cooking spray. Place the prepared pizza dough in the pan. Drizzle dough generously with olive oil.
  4. Evenly distribute the mozzarella and caramelized onions over the dough. Add the basil, oregano and dried Italian seasoning. Drop the ricotta in tablespoonful-sized dollops evenly over the pizza. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes. Salt lightly with kosher or sea salt. Brush with additional olive oil around the edges of the pizza.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes at 400 or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh chives if desired.
http://www.lanascooking.com/2010/05/19/white-pizza/

–Recipe inspired by Claire Robinson’s White Pizza
recipe on Food Network.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Wenderly May 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

YUMMY! Those caramelized onions are about enough to make me want to jump into my screen! :) Sounds divine!

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2 jenn (Bread + Butter) May 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I do like the addition od the caramelized onion. Simple pizzas are the best for a good weeknight meal. Yum!!

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3 megan May 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I like your version much better! Love the caramelized onions.

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4 Cookin' Canuck May 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

Nice idea to add the caramelized onions. This is a very tempting pizza.

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5 Sues May 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

Oh yum! Caramelized onions on pizza is one of my favorite things in the world! And I love white pizza too; this looks lovely :)

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6 Kristen May 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

What a delicious looking pizza! Yum!

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7 Pam May 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

Looks delish!

Have you tried grilling this also? I bet it would be fantastic. I’ve become addicted to grilled pizza dough.

My husband would love this version with the carmelized onions.

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8 Lana May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I haven’t thought of grilling it, but that would be a great idea! I bet that smoky grill flavor with this pizza would be awesome.

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9 Tupper May 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

Sweet. Thursday is pizza night in our house and I do believe mine will have some caramelized onions on it tonight.

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10 sensiblecooking May 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I would name it yummy, caramelized onion, goodness. Pizza baking isn’t one of my strength but when it looks that good I gotta give it a go.

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11 Eva May 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I just watched her make it this morning! I am so glad to know that someone else shares that with me. I love waking up on the weekend and lying in bed watching food network until I am ready to get up. The problem is the sunday line up tends to keep me in bed until at least 10:30. :) and caramelized onions sounds like a wonderful addition.

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12 The Duo Dishes May 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

White pizza is such a reminder of the best pizza in NY. It’s great with broccoli and lots of red pepper flakes. Or at least as many as you can stand. :)

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13 Foodlvr June 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I saw this episode too. I couldn’t believe the croutons she made with pizza dough. Great idea.

Your pizza looks so good.

Btw, I would make my own dough, which I do in the ABM. I follow Mario Batali’s recipe (either the one in Italian Grill or Molto Gusto) and refrigerate until ready to use.

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