Spicy Chorizo Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese and Arugula

I’ve decided today that there’s no single thing caramelized onions, chorizo and goat cheese cannot make better. This afternoon they found themselves together on my sandwich, last night in my salad, the night before that on this pizza. They’re like the world’s most perfect threesome. A delicious ménage à trois.

Sweet + Spicy + Creamy = Perfect

Spicy Chorizo Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese and Arugula

You guys have seen this pizza dough a few times before around here. Or rather this pizza dough has been on the blog a few times before and MAYBE you’ve seen it. Have ya? There was the Healthy Southwest Pizza, and the Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pizza and the original Pizza Dough Recipe.

Now that I can rest easily knowing you guys are aware of all the pizza on the blog, let me tell you about THS pizza.

Spicy Chorizo Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese and Arugula

The base is my favourite pizza dough recipe ever. It’s chewy and soft and gets beautiful charred blisters on the edges. It does take a while to make, ok it takes ages to make, but most of it is simply time for it to rise. If you have a favourite pizza dough recipe feel free to sub yours for this one.

The tomato sauce is simple but it is what is on top of it that really counts. In every bite you’ll get some sweet caramelized onions, a chewy, spicy piece of chorizo and a little creamy, tangy goat cheese. The arugula adds just the right amount of freshness to balance out the rich flavours.

I’ve been using a pizza stone lately (thank you for the gift, mom!) to make this and wholly hell does it ever make a difference. I found it was easier to cook the pizza through and the bottom was a little crisper. Aaaannd … I could put a little more sauce and toppings on without worrying that the pizza would be soggy. I ♥ pizza topping.

→ Note: I always struggle with sliding the pizza off the baking sheet and onto the pizza stone. No matter how much flour I use it always seems to stick, so … I have been experimenting with assembling it on parchment paper and putting that straight in the oven on top of the pizza stone. It works great! But there’s a fairly real risk the paper will burst into flames cause it’s really not meant for temperatures that high.

Do you guys have any tips for getting the pizza onto the pizza stone? Am I the only one who struggles with this? :)

Spicy Chorizo Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese and Arugula

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Spicy Chorizo Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese and Arugula
 
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Serves: 2 - 10 inch pizzas
Ingredients
For the sauce:
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small clove of garlic, very finely minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes
For the toppings:
  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces chorizo, sliced thinly
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup of goat cheese, or more
  • 2 large handfuls of baby arugula
  • A drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
For the pizza dough:
  1. Follow the directions for this pizza dough recipe and make only ⅓ of the recipe, or feel free to sub your own if you have a favourite. Please note: the pizza dough that I linked to does take 18 hours before it is ready. You'll need to plan ahead!
For the sauce:
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan with high sides and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and let the sauce boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until it has thickened. Whisk the sauce occasionally while it is cooking. It will splatter A LOT which is why you want a pot with high sides. Don't cover it or it won't thicken.
For the pizza:
  1. Place the oven rack in the top third of your oven and preheat it oven to 500 degrees. If you are using a pizza stone or steel, place it in your oven before you turn it on.
  2. Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and brown, about 15 minutes.
  3. Lightly flour a pizza peel or the bottom side of a baking tray and place the pizza dough, stretched out into a rough circle or rectangle on top. Add some of the sauce, half of the caramelized onions an half of the chorizo. Sprinkle the tops with a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Either slide the pizza onto the pizza stone or place the baking tray directly in the oven. Bake for 5-6 minutes if you're using a pizza stone, or 10 minutes if you are using a baking sheet. You'll know it is done when the edges of the crust have puffed up, there are a few charred bubbles at the edges and the bottom is no longer soft.
  5. When the pizza has finished cooking remove it from the oven and top it with goat cheese, arugula and drizzle the top with olive oil.
  6. Serve right away!

 

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