Tuesday, October 12, 2010

French Dip Pizza

One of hubby's favorite sandwiches is a French Dip. I usually make it for him in panini form with thinly sliced roast beef, caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and a little horseradish and mayo. When I explained to him this morning that I was going to make a French Dip pizza, he asked me why I couldn't just make him his regular French Dip sandwich. I told him "because I've already blogged about that!" Husbands, they ask the stupidest questions, don't they?

The richest flavor in this pizza comes from the caramelized onions. Make sure that you take the time to caramelize them properly so that their sweetness shines through. I think this recipe would be excellent without the roast beef and would make a delicious vegetarian pizza, sans the consomme, of course.

French Dip Pizza

1 10-12-inch pizza crust (store bought or homemade)
1 1/2 TBSP olive oil
2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
kosher salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tsp prepared horseradish
1/2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
3-4 ounces thinly sliced deli-roast beef, diced
3-4 ounces shredded Gruyere cheese
1 can beef consomme, for dipping (I used Campbell's beef consomme)

Place pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-medium high heat. Add the onions and stir to coat with the oil. Making sure that the onions are in a single layer, saute for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with just a pinch of kosher salt and 1/2 tsp of sugar and continue sauteing for another 15-20 minutes, stirring more often so no burning occurs. The onions will become quite dark and caramelized. Add the thyme and garlic during the last minute or two and then pull the pan from the heat. Stir in the mayonnaise, horseradish and Worchestershire sauce.

Spread onion mixture on pizza crust. Top with diced roast beef and cheese. Place pizza in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is browned.

Heat consomme in microwave-safe dish for one minute. Dip pizza slices into consomme.

The verdict: Hubby LOVED it! (That'll teach him for questioning my culinary choices!)


vanessa said...

um, yum! i want this!

Julie said...

What a creative pizza!! I am sure my husband would love it too. After all it has meat on it!!!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm glad you followed your cooking instincts on this one. I'm thinking this would make a great dish for company--sort of a deconstructed French/Italian meal with a great salad and fruit and cheese and dessert and...!!


Lisa said...

That pizza sounds incredible with all that delicious meat on top.

Deeba PAB said...

LOL I love it. Yes indeed, sometimes they ask the weirdest of questions, don't they? That's a gorgeous looking pizza...mmmm

scrambledhenfruit said...

That looks so good! I've already had dinner, but I still wish I had a slice!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Wow, this look so delicious, wish i can try it out one day.

Arnold said...

This looks very nice, the panini version looks just as good though. I have bookmarked this as I would like to give both these a try sometime. Thanks.

Mary said...

Oh my! I would like that... right now :) Can't wait to try this!!!

Mary xo

beesus said...

this fuses my love for the french dip with all things pizza-related. Delightful! Will definitely attempt.

Barbara said...

I'm with your hubby, Mags. It's my favorite sandwich too. But once I read the post, I was sold! Going to try this soon...it's amazing!

MaryBe said...

Ha yes husbands are silly :D
And I think my husband would like the sandwich and the pizza!

June said...

Boy, I've used that "I've already blogged about that" myself many times, but look what the result is! Honestly this looks wonderful and I can't wait to try it. I have a feeling the big guy and your hubs would get along famously.

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

This is definitely on the must-make list. My husband would go crazy.

Karen said...

Yummy! This looks absolutely delicious!

Nanan said...

That looks SO good! My mouth started watering immediatly! I will have to do this for my HOBL - Hunk Of Burning Love! (he is out of town on business and I am missing him hehehe

Kim said...

Wow, i have never seen a pizza like this. I know my hubby will love it!!

Moogie said...

Amazing Mags, absolutely amazing.

Sue said...

I literally laughed out loud as I read your response to your husband:) I read it to my husband.
What a great idea for a pizza!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Ha!! Your comment about your husband asking for something you've already blogged about made me laugh. We have had that conversation in my house more than a few times :)

Now, on to the pizza... I think this is absolutely BRILLIANT! Love the flavors.

Shelby said...

I was just going to say "how did I miss this post?"!! However, I then looked at the date and realized I was in the process of moving! I have to leave a comment because the one thing you said in this post that sounds exactly like a conversation in our house -
I've aleady blogged that...meaning I can't make it, DUH. ;-p

Oh, unless its Garlic scallion noodles. he he.

Sarah Pearl said...

Made this last night--incredible. I doubled everything except the onions and thyme, left out the garlic and horseradish (since I didn't have any-for shame!) and substituted dijon mustard. Instead of making pizzas, I made calzones, which were more like traditional french dips, only less messy! The fam DEVOURED it! :-) Thank you so much for this tasty recipe!

Anonymous said...

^^ @sarah...So you didn't make this, you made something that slightly resembled it...sounds good though, just call it what it is, not the recipe at all