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Pizza with Caramelized Fennel, Onion, and Olives

Randy Mayor; Missie Neville Crawford
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
While the yeasty pizza dough rises, prepare the savory topping.

Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons yellow cornmeal
  • Topping:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 4 small bulbs)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 1 cup bottled tomato-basil pasta sauce (such as Classico)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted kalamata olives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 296
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 7.5 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • monofat 3.7 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 11.9 g
  • carbohydrate 45.4 g
  • fiber 4.5 g
  • cholesterol 10 mg
  • iron 3.1 mg
  • sodium 653 mg
  • calcium 220 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare dough, dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl, and let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 3/4 cups flour and salt, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

  2. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into the dough. If an indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; knead 5 times, and let rest for 15 minutes. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on a floured surface. Place dough on a (12-inch) pizza pan or baking sheet coated with cooking spray and sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim.

  3. To prepare the topping, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the fennel and the next 5 ingredients (fennel through black pepper), and cook for 20 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently.

  4. Preheat oven to 450°.

  5. Spread sauce over crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; sprinkle with fennel mixture, cheese, and olives. Bake at 450° for 18 minutes or until browned.