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June 4, 2014

A grilled pizza that's perfect for onion lovers

Onions are a bit of a problem for me. They are one of my reflex buys.

By which I mean, every time I go to the grocer, no matter what I am shopping for, I always buy a bag of onions. Surely, I can’t be the only person who does this. I also tend to do it with garlic. They’re both kitchen staples that I use all the time in so many ways. So I must always be about to run out, right?

It’s a good theory. But if that was the case, I wouldn’t currently have 15 pounds of onions on the counter and 20 heads of garlic in my garlic drawer. Yes, I have a special drawer set aside for it.

All of which is to say, I sometimes need to come up with recipes that use lots of both. In winter, I love to thinly slice numerous pounds of the onions, dump them in a large, heavy pot with some of the garlic and a little butter, then let them slowly caramelize. Once they are done, they are outstanding tossed with fresh pasta, a bit of Parmesan and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

But it’s no longer winter. So I decided to come up with a grill-friendly way of using a whole mess of caramelized onions.

My solution? A grilled white pizza topped with onions and garlic spiked with caraway seeds and golden raisins. I top it with roasted red peppers, pine nuts and crumbled feta for a kind of Middle Eastern take on grilled pizza.

CARAMELIZED ONION AND FETA GRILLED PIZZA

Start to finish: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

20-ounce ball purchased pizza crust

2 tablespoons butter

2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced

1/3 cup golden raisins

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon caraway seeds

12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and sliced

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