Day 44 – My daughter had her graduation ceremony for community college yesterday. It was held virtually. She was so proud of herself because she has always struggled in school but she graduated with honors AND Phi Theta Kappa distinction. She would have had cords and she was so looking forward to this. We made it as special as we could by ordering a cake, ordering sushi (her go to for celebrations), and making a sign for our yard. The ways we are celebrating are different but maybe that is good. Things had gotten way over the top in some cases. Carnivals and elaborate parties for little children’s birthdays. Trips for older children who are graduating from middle school or high school. These are all wonderful and nice but sometimes we lose the reason we are celebrating in the celebration.
We had sushi at home and a small cake from the grocery store. We listened to “Pomp and Circumstance” and read off a few names before hers so she could walk across the living room as we cheered for her graduation. It wasn’t exactly what she was hoping for but in the end she had a great day.
I have to admit I don’t care for sushi at all. I love seafood but I think it is a texture issue with the sushi. I have been craving pizza so we used what we had on hand to make a a caramelized onion, spinach and feta pizza. I did not want red sauce for the pizza so we made a white sauce with cream cheese.
Verdict: This looks horrible but it was soooo good! My entire family actually ate it and liked it. The onions cooked in balsamic vinegar and then a balsamic drizzle over the top after cooking the dish made it perfect. We were all hungry so the picture of my dish was taken quickly and I didn’t even notice that the steam had fogged the lens of my phone a bit.
Serve this with a side salad to make a delicious meal!
Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Feta Pizza
- 1 lb ball of pizza dough, homemade or store bought (can also use frozen bread dough thawed and raised)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 5 ounces fresh baby spinach, any tough stems removed
- 1 medium/large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 cup whole milk or 1/2 and 1/2
- 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, freshly shredded
- 4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet or use a baking stone with corn meal lightly dusted on top. Set aside.
- Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the baby spinach and saute until just wilted. Transfer the spinach to clean layered paper towels. Squeeze any excess liquid from the spinach.
- Add two tablespoons of butter to the skillet set over medium heat. Add the onions. Allow the onions to cook down for 10 minutes, stirring as necessary. Do not allow the onions to brown. Add the 1 teaspoon of honey and stir to coat evenly. Allow the onions to cook for another 10 minutes. When the onions have cooked down, add the balsamic vinegar and stir to combine, set aside.
- Flatten the pizza dough into a large circle with a 1/2″ crust around the edges. Transfer dough carefully to a parchment lined baking sheet. Let dough rest for 10-15 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, melt two tablespoons butter. Sprinkle the flour and garlic over the butter and allow to cook for 1 minute while stirring. Continue to whisk as you add in the milk. Once the milk is heated through add the Parmesan cheese to the pan. Allow cheese to melt while stirring. Once it is warmed and thickening remove from heat and taste seasoning to your liking with salt and pepper.
- Top the dough with half of the mozzarella cheese, spinach, and caramelized onions, and finish with the remaining mozzarella and feta cheese on top. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
- While pizza is baking wipe out sauce pan and add vinegar and honey to make drizzle. Heat over medium- high heat until hot and then lower heat to medium. Allow to simmer until reduced by half. Drizzle over pizza one it is removed from the oven.