Chives Innovative Catering is an off-premise catering business serving St. Pete, Tampa, & the surrounding gulf coast of Florida. We provide gourmet food for casual to elaborate weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, mitzvahs, hors d'oeuvre parties, bridal/baby showers or any other social event. We pride ourselves on our expertise in creative menus, delectable cuisine, stylish presentation & gracious service. A Chives event will meet & surpass all your expectations.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pizza-Sweet Potato, Balsamic Onion & Soppressata

One of my family's favorites ...

·       1 tablespoon unsalted butter
·       1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
·       1 large white onion, thinly sliced
·       1 oregano sprig, plus 1 tablespoon leaves
·       1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
·       Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
·       1 cup prepared mashed sweet potatoes
·       1 12-inch prebaked pizza crust or make your own
·       1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (7 ounces)
·       4 ounces thinly sliced soppressata cut into ribbons

·       Preheat the oven to 450°. Use a pizza stone or the pizza can be baked directly on the oven rack. In a large skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil.  Add the onion and oregano sprig, cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until the onion is carmelized, about 10 minutes; add a few tablespoons of water to the skillet if necessary. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until it has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Discard the oregano sprig and season the onion with salt and pepper.
·       Spread the sweet potatoes over the pizza crust. Top with the mozzarella, onion and soppressata.  Scatter the oregano leaves on top. Slide the pizza into the ove and bake for about 10 minutes, until bubbling and golden in spots. Cut into wedges and serve.

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