If Kristy and Cindy hadn't assured me that Yeah, That Vegan Shit's caramelised onion, cheddar and apple pizza was not gag-worthy, it would have remained a slightly icky blog memory. However, on their recommendation, Buzz and I resolved to dedicate our Friday night to odd pizza topping combinations and duly assembled the following ingredients: balsamic vinegar, capers, sundried tomatoes, garlic, red onion, Granny Smith apples, olive oil, pesto and balsamic vinegar? Sound heinous? So I thought.
So the beauty of this pizza is that the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic and red onions are combined from savoury, pungent individuals and alchemied into a sweet complex whole. The onions are caramelised (helped along by my genius addition of sweet balsamic reduction along with the balsamic vinegar), and the apples - tart, sweet, acidic - when baked take on a restful apple pie neutrality (did that sentence sound like a first year Arts Student's EngLit essay? I know it and you know it, but I stand by my confusing and analogy-heavy sentence) .
On attempt number one we used one and half onions, which once reduced provided only just sufficient, and two green apples - about enough but almost too much. We layered our pizza bases with King Valley Thai Basil Pesto (like Kristy, it was the only one available and at least three tablespoons made it directly into my tummy), and then spread the caramelised garlic and onions on top with a sprinkling of capers (which, let's face it, taste a little like bog scum). On top went thinly sliced apple, and, inspired by Cindy's layered approach, I alternated Cheezly White Cheddar and Nacho Cheese on top and sprinkled the remaining (after encountering my snacking) sundried tomatoes.
So, apple and onion go together like a horse and carriage. Yep they do . The onions are sweet, the apples are not, and on Saturday night we did it all again on pita bread bases.
This was a rockin' pizza - surprising but not strange, sweet but not sickly - and has encouraged me to become a Pizza Topping Superhero. boldly going where none have gone before (except the braverer bloggers).