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Grilled Onion and Sage Flatbread

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Serves 8

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 124

Serve this easy-to-make flatbread as a hearty appetizer or for lunch or dinner with a salad and soup.

  • 1 large red or yellow onion, trimmed, peeled and sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds (6 slices)
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 12 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F.

Prepare a medium (350°F to 375°F) gas or charcoal grill fire. Brush the onion slices with oil and season with salt and pepper.

Grill the onion slices until grill marks form on one side, about 7 to 8 minutes. Flip the slices and continue to grill until tender, about 7 to 8 minutes more. Stack the onions on a large piece of foil, wrap the onions up, and let them sit for 10 minutes to soften further. Coarsely chop the onions.

Generously coat a 9x13-inch rimmed baking sheet with oil. Oil your hands, then evenly press the pizza dough onto the sheet all the way to the corners. Using your knuckles, make dimpled depressions in the top of the dough.

In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbs. of the oil with 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. water; brush the dough with the mixture.

In a medium bowl, toss the sage and onion with 1 Tbs. of the oil. Top the dough with the onion mixture. Bake in the center of a 450°F oven until the flatbread is browned and the onions are slightly browned on the edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, slice, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 210, Fat (kcal): 8, Fat Calories (g): 70, Saturated Fat (g): 1, Protein (g): 5, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4.5, Carbohydrates (mg): 28, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0.5, Sodium (g): 660, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips

I did not expect such a fabulous flavor, honestly. But, we absolutely loved the flavors in this! A perfect blend of flavors to be sure. Note: we didn't grill our onion, we chopped it, then caramelized it in a skillet with olive oil. I imagine it will be a hundred times better when we grill the onion next time. I really loved how fast and easy this was, but it's the flavors that make it a favorite. I'd rather eat this than pizza.

We grilled some onion slices with dinner and made this flatbread the next day. First, it's so easy to make-- just mush a bit of dough and sling the onions and sage on top. Second, the smell of this bread baking is wonderful-- onions and sage. And, third, the taste is superb-- the onions impart a flavor like an onion bagel, but the onion bits stay succulent. Great with cheese and soup for a light dinner.

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