recipe: prosciutto, caramelized onion, mozzarella, arugula pizza.

happy monday everybody! today is my thursday at work, and after last week, a short week is just what i need…if you’ve been around for a while, you might remember that every year my family goes to florida for a week over thanksgiving. and so you might have noticed that i have been pretty quiet on that front this year. the radio silence is due to the fact that Mister Man and i are staying home this year to spend thanksgiving with his family. which means i won’t have any beach photos to make you jealous, and truth be told, i will probably be a little quieter this week, as i’m missing my family while i get used to the new traditions that being married entail.

one tradition i CANNOT wait for is thanksgiving leftovers. we never have leftovers in florida, and i am so excited to bring home the fixings for a “day after thanksgiving” sandwich (you know what i’m talking about…turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, all smashed between two slices of bread. yeaaaaa!). i know i’ll be trying to cook as little as possible up to the big thanksgiving holiday on thursday, so i have nothing to distract me from the deliciousness.

“why are you posting a recipe then, erin?” well, even if we’re pumped for the holiday food coming up, we’re all going to need a break from the turkey and mashed potatoes at some point, right? i posted a photo of this pizza on instagram, and after i inhaled it, decided it would be a good recipe to share here in case anyone was looking for non-thanksgiving meal inspiration.


(sidebar: does anyone else use vscocam for their photo editing? i’m officially obsessed and won’t use anything else to edit my iphone photos…it’s that good!)

the mix of the sweet onions and salty prosciutto, along with the creaminess of the mozzarella and the slight bite of the arugula make this basically the most amazing thing you’ll ever put into your mouth. EVERY GOOD FLAVOR EXISTS HERE. it’s my go to pizza recipe, because it feels fancy and gourmet, but is oh so easy. i think that’s really the theme of my life: how lazy can i be while still appearing to be classy?

prosciutto/caramelized onion/mozzarella/arugula pizza

  • pizza dough (i use pillsbury’s ready-to-use thin crust, you can make your own if you’re awesome like that, but ain’t no shame in store-bought crust!)
  • 6-8 slices of prosciutto
  • 1 red onion (i used white, which works fine too)
  • 1/2 C. brown sugar
  • olive oil
  • 2 large handfuls of arugula (or spinach if you prefer)
  • 1 large ball of mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • finely grated parmesan cheese

preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. heat 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil in a medium skillet, slice the onion and add it to the skillet along with the brown sugar. cook on low to medium heat, stirring every so often, until the onion is softened and caramelized (generally around 35 minutes).

meanwhile, roll the pizza dough out onto a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle a thin layer of parmesan cheese over the top. if needed, pre-bake the dough according to the directions. tear the prosciutto into thin strips, and slice the mozzarella into thin slices. add the mozzarella to the pizza dough, followed by the caramelized onions and prosciutto. bake 10-12 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is crispy. top with the arugula as soon as the pizza is out of the oven, and pat lightly to adhere it to the cheese. let cool a bit before cutting the pizza.  try not to eat the entire pizza by yourself, it’s nice to share.


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