Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hummus Pizza

Hummus Pizza. The concept of it sounds a little bit strange as we are accustomed to eating pizza with red tomato sauce, or even a pesto sauce or white cream sauce. Throwing a chickpea spread onto a pizza crust was definitely putting pizza in a whole other realm. Thankfully, this new world of pizza is a delicious one that I will be revisiting over and over again!

Paul and I made this pizza with a few simple ingredients and it was absolutely delicious. It is very quick to make if you're using a pre-made pizza crust. If you decide to make a pizza crust from scratch, be sure to first cook the crust for 10-12 minutes before adding any of the toppings on, including the hummus.  Then, cook your pizza following the recipe below.

We roasted our own red peppers and caramelized the onions. To roast the peppers, I chopped off the stems and removed the seeds from the peppers. I cut each pepper in half an turned them down on a baking sheet with the outside of the peppers facing up.  I pre-heated the oven to 450 degrees and before putting in the peppers, I changed it to broil on high.  Place the baking sheet near the top of the oven and let them broil for 10 minutes.  They should be blackened a bit on the outside.  Let the peppers cool down a bit, and peel the skins off. If the skins don't come off easily, dunk the peppers in cold water for 30 seconds and they should come off easier.

For the caramelized onions, saute the onions in balsamic vinegar for about fifteen minutes until nice and caramelized. You can use about 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, although you may need to add more.

For this recipe, you will need:

1 whole wheat pizza crust (we bought a pre-made one from Whole Foods)
3 red onions, sliced
balsamic vinegar to caramelize the onions
3 red peppers for roasting
fresh or dried rosemary

To assemble the pizza, spread the hummus out on the pizza crust.  Place the caramelized onions on top, and then place your roasted red peppers (thinly sliced) on top of that.  Top with dried or fresh rosemary.  Place the pizza in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees and cook for 10-12 minutes.

This pizza is absolutely delicious and I'll be making this recipe again and again!

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