Saturday, January 19, 2013

Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms (12-inch)

In this pizza recipe, the flavors of goat cheese and mushrooms complement each other deliciously, and some caramelized red onion adds a perky flavor element.

I like the deep, earthy flavor of crimini mushrooms. However, you can use regular white mushrooms if criminis are not available.

Serve with a green salad and a bottle of red wine for a delightful gourmet meal.


1 Basic All-Purpose Pizza Crust (12-inch) or Thin Pizza Crust (12-inch) (or your favorite 12-inch pizza crust)
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced into 1/2 rings
8 ounces crimini (brown) or white mushrooms, sliced*
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (preferably Italian flat-leaf parsley)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
3-4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the pizza crust and press into a 12-inch pizza pan, or form it into a 12-inch round on a baking sheet, with the edges slightly thicker to contain the toppings.

In a medium skillet, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium to medium-low heat, and saute the onion for 2 or 3 minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Turn the heat down to low, season with salt and pepper, and cook for another 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to caramelize. Remove the onion from the skillet set aside.

In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and the garlic, along with salt and pepper to taste. Saute for 4-6 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked through and most of the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated. Stir in the parsley, and saute for 1 more minute. Remove the mushroom mixture from the heat and set aside.

Spread the caramelized onions evenly over the pizza crust. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the shredded mozzarella and the grated Parmesan. Top with the mushrooms and then the goat cheese. Top it off with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella.

Bake for 12-18 minutes, until golden.

Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing

-- 3-4 servings


  1. One of my all time favorite pizzas... love both ingredients so much. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  2. I love this healthier version of pizza. Yum! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday.