Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
ETA: Help! I need help developing this recipe. I made it but the sauce needs help. Any chefs out there willing to help me with stronger sauce ideas? Something needs to balance the sweetness of the dates a bit more. Maybe a denser balsamic-based sauce? I picked up some dates at Trader Joe's yesterday and thought they'd be really good on a pizza, so this is what I'm going to use them for this Pizza Friday. This (doubled) is The Best pizza dough to use for any pizzas and will certainly compliment mine: Easy Healthy Whole Wheat Flax Pizza Crust from I Can't Believe It's Healthy. Be sure to double or triple it. We're too wimpy for gorgonzola and don't like feta or goat cheese, but if you want to bump the sophistication level of this pie to lofty heights...
- pizza dough
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 chicken sausage, diced (or regular italians)
- 1 medium sweet onion, sliced into thin rings
- handful dates, pitted and diced
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese (if you're brave!) or 1 cup gorgonzola (if you're brave!)
- Preheat oven to 425 (or temp recommended by pizza dough manufacturer if using store-bought, and skip pre-bake steps).
- Roll-out and pre-bake in preheated oven for 4-5 minutes.
- While baking, whisk 1 Tbs Olive Oil, 1 Tbs Balsamic and 2 tsp of brown sugar in small bowl. Drizzle evenly over dough once pre-baked.
- In med saucepan heat 1 tsp Olive Oil over medium heat. Add sausage coins and cook through.
- Remove coins, but leave the fat in the pan and add sweet onion rings to pan. Carmelize onions by cooking 8-10 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently.
- Add dates during last 3 or so minutes of cooking to heat through. Remove and pat with paper towels to absorb some of the oil.
- Spread onions and dates on dough & sauce, sprinkle cheese on pizza dough, followed by sausages.
- Bake until crust is browned and cheese melted, about 15-20 minutes.
I was going to suggest goat cheese, but ran into the last sentence of your intro.. How about trying cream cheese? Its much milder than goat cheese and just might be able to bring the flavors together for you. I use it for a variety of pizzas, its awesome..