Saturday, January 16, 2010

French Onion Pizza and a “Winter Afternoon Tea”

Our new favorite…

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  • 1 ready to use pizza dough
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large Vidalia onions or other sweet variety, thinly sliced
  • 4 thyme sprigs, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp beef stock (I used 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce and 2 Tbsp water)
  • 1-1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a work surface, roll the dough. With a fork, pierce the interior of the tart shell to prevent rising; do not pierce the adhered edges. Bake until the dough is golden in color; about 10 minutes. Set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions and thyme sprigs and season well with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to brown. Add the stock, a tablespoon at a time, as the pan gets dry, scraping and stirring the brown bits that are stuck to the bottom oft the pan. When the onions are caramelized to a dark golden color, remove from the heat and discard the leafless thyme sprigs (the leaves fall off while cooking).

When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Evenly spread the caramelized onions on the dough, with cheese and heat in the oven until warmed through, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven, to a cutting board and cut into wedges.

Recipe adapted from 5 Ingredient Fix

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Earlier this afternoon my friend Lillian invited me to meet her for a cozy afternoon getaway in Durham - a “Winter Afternoon Tea” at King’s Daughters Inn.

Upon arriving we were greeted with this plate of goodies – cranberry orange scones with lemon crud and fresh cream…

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pumpkin spice cake and some sort of meringue cookies with pecans, I believe.

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plus an assortment of teas to choose from

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I selected the Rooibos Bourbon, quite good but no bourbon taste.

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and Passion Fruit, an old favorite. The tea was lovely, only we agreed that we would have liked a few tea sandwiches or vegetable canapés.

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After tea we were free to explore the Inn, which formerly provided dormitory style rooms for single and aging women, less than a year ago it was “green renovated” into a 17 room luxurious Inn.

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Everything was so cozy and soothing inside. Most rooms include a lovely sitting room, we loved this one.

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We agreed, we’d love to spend an afternoon here. Lillian even had to take a peak at the huge walk-in shower that one of the rooms boasted.

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Loved, loved the common sitting room too…

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We’re hoping to try Washington Duke Inn’s afternoon tea next month.

1 comment:

Dave Mulder said...

I just spent 5 minutes wondering what a French Onion pizza would taste like. Now I think I have to make one.