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Caramelized Onion & Fig Pizza

 Caramelized Onion & Fig Pizza
This is a sensational variation on traditional pizza. It is creamy, sweet and a little salty. The buttery crunch of the pine nuts make a wonderful taste accent. I like to serve it with mixed baby greens salad and a vinaigrette.—Connie Balbach, Bemidji, Minnesota
20 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 ounces dried figs, chopped
  • 6 thin slices prosciutto or deli ham, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded provolone cheese

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute onion in 1 tablespoon oil until softened.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 30-35
  • minutes or until deep golden brown. Add garlic and pepper; cook 1
  • minute longer.
  • Unroll crust into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan;
  • flatten dough and build up edges slightly. Bake at 425° for 7-10
  • minutes or until golden brown.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, thyme and remaining oil until
  • blended. Spread over crust. Top with onion mixture, figs, prosciutto
  • and nuts; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 6-10 minutes longer or until
  • cheese is melted. Yield: 20 servings.

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Caramelized Onion & Fig Pizza (continued)

To make ahead: This recipe takes minutes to put together when you caramelize the onions the day before.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 168 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 256 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.
Wine: Sweet Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.