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
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!)