June 11, 2014

campfire pizza

This is my favorite pizza recipe of all time.  I first had this pizza 8 years ago when I went to a famous pizza restaurant in West Lafayette Indiana, on Purdue University's campus.  I fell in love and a couple of months later I set out to recreate that amazing pizza pie.  It starts with an onion marmalade that is then topped with smoked sausage, gorgonzola cheese, and fresh rosemary.  I made this vegetarian version using a veggie smoked sausage but either one will work or you can leave it off completely:)

Servings 1, 12-16 inch pizza
Total Time 1 hr 10 min


for the onion marmalade
  • 1 1/2 pounds red onion (approximately 2 large onions), thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dry red wine (I like to freeze any extras for recipes down the road where I may only need a small amount)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)


for the pizza
  • 1 cup onion marmalade
  • 16 ounces pizza dough, your favorite recipe or store bought
  • 14 ounces vegetarian smoked sausage, sliced (can be substituted with regular sausage or left off completely)
  • 2-3 ounces gorgonzola cheese
  • fresh rosemary, 1-2 teaspoons chopped


To make the onion marmalade:
(can be made up to 5 days ahead and kept covered in refrigerator)

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  When melted and hot, stir in the onions and sugar.

Stirring occasionally until onions are soft and start to caramelize, about 15 minutes.

Add the wine and 1/4 cup vinegar, stir until mixture begins to simmer.  Slightly reduce the heat and cook for 15 minutes, maintaining a simmer.

Return the heat to medium and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the liquids have evaporated and the onion is shiny.

Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt, adding more if needed.  Set aside.

To make the pizza:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Roll out pizza dough, onto a greased pan or parchment paper (paper works the best because when cooked directly on the oven rack it still allows the moisture to escape and the bottom will brown), to preferred thickness.  Spread 1 cup of onion marmalade onto pizza dough.  Extra marmalade?  Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  It is amazing on a grilled cheese!:)

 Lay the sausage slices and sprinkle the cheese onto the pizza dough.

Sprinkle on the rosemary and then bake the pizza for 6-7 minutes.  Remove from the oven.  For a crispier crust, remove the pizza from the paper or pan and return to the oven for a couple of minutes.  


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