Sooooo…..how was your weekend?
I ate gnocchi, went to book club, watched five episodes of glee (<—new obsession) and found a cute skirt for $2. I would say that’s a success. I also made this pizza! Woah.
I really wanted to put a spin on the traditional barbecue chicken pizza…something a little lighter but still equally as delicious. As much as I love my usual standard, it was time to branch out. The same thing goes for your favorite skinny jeans. Awesome and comfortable, but sometimes you need some variety in your life.
The answer? Chickpeas!
(errr that would be the answer for a pizza rut, not for adding variety to your jean collection. that’s just weird)
Moving on! I make a lot of pizzas, folks, and I’ve decided one of the best secrets to a delicious pie is to nix pre-packaged cheese altogether and grate your own. Grating your own cheese not only builds up your triceps, but also results in a far superior product! I used a goat’s milk gouda cheese here and it was absolutely delicious….almost nutty!
After grating your cheese, it’s time to get saucy. Oh yeah….
The, cover abundantly with cheese and chickpeas.
And finish with a healthy dose of caramelized onions. Every time I make caramelized onions I always wonder why I don’t make them more often. Sure, they take a little TLC (tears, love and care) but the end result is so worth it. Trust me on this one.
Looking for a good pizza dough recipe? I’ve got you covered. It’s sorta a staple in this house and I have several baggies of dough currently in my freezer for anytime pizza cravings.
Barbecue chickpea pizza: the new wardrobe classic.
Barbecue Chickpea Pizza with Gouda and Caramelized Onions
makes one large pizza (about 8 slices)
1 batch The Best Pizza Dough
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 bottle barbecue sauce of choice (I loved the Trader Joe’s kind!)
1 large yellow onion
1 T olive oil
8 oz gouda cheese, freshly grated
Make the pizza dough according to recipe directions. Note that one recipe makes two large pizza crusts so you may want to freeze half the dough for later.
Heat the olive oil up in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Slice the onion very thinly and cook in the olive oil for about 30 minutes on low heat, until deeply golden and caramelized. Stir frequently! You don’t want to burn this.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Roll out your pizza dough into a large rectangle or circle. Drizzle with barbecue sauce (you’ll probably only use 1 cup sauce). Sprinkle with cheese then layer with chickpeas and caramelized onions.
Reduce oven temperature to 425 and bake pizza on a lined baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until cheese has melted and the crust is done. Let cool then cut into slices and serve.
30 minutes (doesn’t include time to make pizza dough)