Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza

Recipe Ingredients:
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, diced and chilled
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
5-6 tablespoons ice water
2 yellow onions, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into julienne strips

Preparation:
Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the diced butter and cut into the flour until the texture resembles coarse sand. Mix in the herbs. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture forms a dough. Form into a ball and chill for 30 minutes. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and cut in half. Roll each half out into a sheet about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into an 8-inch circle, or into individual 3-inch circles. Pierce circles with a fork and bake on a flat cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool.

In a large sauté pan, combine the oil and onions. Place the pan over medium-low heat and begin to cook the onions. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions begin to collapse. Add the salt and continue cooking the onions another 20 minutes. Stir more frequently as the onions cook longer. The onions should be golden to deep brown and very soft.

Assembly: Take one 8-inch circle of crust and spread with half the cream cheese. Top with half the onions and with half the prosciutto. Slice into wedges and serve.




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