Have you ever made caramelized onions? If not, you're missing out! They are one of my favorite things. I could eat them plain right out of the pan. Sweet and chewy, they taste nothing like onions! Adding them to this flatbread along with some other veggies creates a tasty meal.
Caramelized Onion Flatbread
For the Crust (or use pre-made crust):
1 1/2 C. flour
1/3 C. Earth Balance or vegan butter, melted
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 C. non-dairy milk + 1 Tb. vinegar (to make it curdle like buttermilk)
For the topping:
3 Tb. cooking oil
1 medium yellow onion, sliced into half-rings
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
optional additional toppings:
1/4 C. assorted olives, roughly chopped
1/4 C. steamed broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/4 C. orange bell peppers, chopped
1/4 C. Earth Balance or vegan butter, melted
1. To Make The Crust: In small bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine milk and vinegar. Stir slightly and let it sit 3-5 minutes until bubbles form or it "curdles".
2. In medium bowl, combine flour, 1/3 C. butter and salt. Stir until combined. Slowly add "buttermilk" mixture and stir until dough forms.
3. Place dough on floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Form into ball and cover with damp dishtowel, placing in warm spot in the kitchen. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
4. To Make The Toppings: In medium saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil starts to sizzle a little, add the onions along with a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Continue to stir and cook while the onions brown (being careful not to let them burn). It does take some time but is so delicious! Keep cooking and stirring occasionally until golden brown and soft. Remove from heat.
5. Prepare cookie sheet or pizza stone with non-stick spray or parchment paper. (I used rectangular cookie sheet). Preheat oven to 350F.
6. Knead and toss the dough until it flattens out, making sure to flour your hands first so they don't stick. You could also flour a rolling pin and roll the dough out but it's more fun to pretend to be a pizza maker and sort of toss the dough into the air and let gravity pull it into shape. Kids love this part too!
7. Place dough onto cookie sheet or pizza stone and flatten it out evenly. Brush uncooked dough with melted butter and sprinkle with ground black pepper (optional). Evenly place caramelized onions and additional toppings on top.
8. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes. Cut and serve!
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