The New Year is here and with it come a mound of goals, resolutions, and if you’re anywhere north of Alabama, snow. To address our need for warm comfort food and sustainable seasonal eating I am sharing my favorite recipe of the month: Caramelized Fennel Pizza. Follow the directions below and you’ll be mmmming and noming your way to a happier (maybe healthier? Nah!) place.
- 3/4 cup warm water (80 degrees)
- 1 Tablespoon of virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon organic sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and additional for seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons almond milk
- 2 1/4 cups of unbleached organic flour
- Active dry yeast
- Fennel (aka anise), trimmed, cored, and thinly sliced
- 1 yellow onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
- 1 cup grated Fontina cheese
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Dried herbs of your choice
- Freshly ground pepper and sea salt
1) Place each of the pizza dough ingredients into a large bowl in the following order and stir until a ball of dough forms: water, oil, sugar, salt, milk, flour, yeast.Â Once dough forms, invert bowl onto floured service and knead until smooth and stretchy. Place dough back into bowl, cover with a towel and allow to rise undisturbed for 40 minutes.
2) In the meantime, pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees and prepare fennel and onion. For help on how to trim, core, and slice fennel, check out this helpful video.
3) Once your veggies are ready, heat up the olive oil in a large skillet, and add fennel and onion. Cook until brown, between 5-1o minutes. Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes and then add a tablespoon of water and cook for a final 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
4) Once the pizza dough has risen, roll it into a ball and begin to press it directly onto a non-stick pizza pan. Press the dough out until it covers the pan completely, giving a rise to the edge to create the crust.
5) Rub the dough with olive oil and your favorites dried herbs. We used rosemary and oregano.Â Add the caramelized fennel and onion mixture and top with the grated Fontina cheese.
6) Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes or until crust is a light golden brown. Allow to cool and then serve with your favorite spiced cider and soup.
What are your eating resolutions for 2012? Do you have an interesting food-related goal to share? How will you make your diet ‘greener’ in the New Year?