Friday, March 4, 2011

Caramelized Onion, Proscuitto and Ricotta Cheese Pizza

It's Friday!  It's time to think about Pizza Night.  Tonight we are having a favorite-Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto and Ricotta Cheese Pizza.  This pizza is made with my homemade ricotta cheese.  If you haven't tried making ricotta cheese at home yet, please do.  You won't believe how delicious this pizza is!  Let's make it together.

Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto and Ricotta Cheese Pizza

The Pizza Ingredients

  • 1 pizza dough
  • 4-6 ounces home made ricotta cheese
  • 6-8 slices prosciutto
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, caramelized
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • parchment paper

Early in the day, prepare your pizza dough, and ricotta cheese

Cut onion in half and slice thinly.  Heat butter in large frying pan over medium heat.   Add onion, cayenne, salt & pepper and saute for 10 minutes.   Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes more, until onions are browned and caramelized.   Set aside to cool.

Caramelize The Onions
Place your pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven.  Preheat your oven to 500°F.   Place the pizza dough on parchment paper and form into a round.  I use my fingers to press the dough into shape.

Shape Dough
Next sprinkle on a little bit of olive oil.  Not too much, this is just for an added taste dimension. 

Use Olive Oil for Added Flavor
Now it's time to add your very delicioso homemade ricotta cheese.  Just put dollops all over the pizza.

Ricotta Cheese
If you don't have homemade ricotta cheese you can use store bought ricotta, or sliced fresh mozzarella cheese.  Both will work.

Next, spread the caramelized onions around the pizza.

Add The Caramelized Onions
Then it is time to add the prosciutto.   Six or eight slices should do it, but use as much as you want.  It is going to get crispy as the pizza cooks.

Arrange The Prosciutto
Sprinkle with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a little added flavor boost and transfer the pizza and parchment paper to your pizza stone.  Cook for 12 minutes, or until the crust is browned and crispy.  Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

The Finished Pizza

This pizza is also delicious cut into squares and served as an appetizer.

Get your printable Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto and Ricotta Pizza recipe by clicking the link.

Other pizza recipes you may like:
Italian Sausage and Mushroom Pizza
Pizza Dilema: How To Cook Pizza Crust

Try it, please.  You'll love it.  I promise!



  1. Your pizza recipes are so,so,so good. Looking forward to summer and pizza on the grill with a wonderful wire in the chiminea. (Spelling questionable) Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.

  2. on the grill...drinks by the chiminea...Can't wait!!


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