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Appetizer
Balsamic Caramelized Vidalia Onion, Pancetta Bacon & Three-Cheese Pizza
Balsamic Caramelized Vidalia Onion, Pancetta Bacon & Three-Cheese Pizza This recipe was featured on
"You're the Chef" episode #308.
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Yield: one pizza

Ingredients:

Onion Topping
1/2 lb. Vidalia onions, sliced thin across the ribs
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1 each Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, stripped and chopped

Pancetta Bacon
1/2 lb. pancetta bacon, cut into small diced pieces

Pizza
1 each frozen bread dough loaf, thawed in the refrigerator overnight
2 Tbsp. olive oil
as needed no-stick spray
1/4 lb. Stilton cheese, crumbled
1/4 lb. Toscanello cheese, shredded
1/2 c. block Parmesan cheese, shredded
as needed fresh ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped fine
 


Onion Topping procedure:
Over high heat, sauté the Vidalia onions in the oil until they are browned. Add the vinegar and continue cooking until all of the liquid has evaporated. Add the apples and the rosemary and toss until the apples begin to soften slightly. Chill the onion topping.

Pancetta Bacon procedure:
In a separate sauté pan over high heat, add the pancetta bacon and cook it, stirring frequently until the bacon turns deep golden brown. Remove the bacon to a plate with absorbent paper and allow it to cool.

Pizza procedure:
Roll or stretch out your bread dough on a baking sheet that is sprayed with the no-stick spray and drizzled with the olive oil, so that it covers the entire flat surface of the baking pan. Top the dough evenly with the onion apple mixture, the three cheeses, the pancetta bacon, chives and fresh ground pepper.

Bake in a pre-heated 400°F oven for about 25 minutes or until the cheese is golden on top and the crust is crisp and browned on the bottom.


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