Mozzarella And Prosciutto Pizza With Balsamic Onions
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 deg)
- 1 teaspoon dry yeast
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil plus
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 red onion - (12 oz) thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Salt to taste
- Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
- 4 large garlic cloves chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper
- All-purpose flour as needed
- 1 cup coarsely-grated whole-milk mozzarella
- cheese - (packed)
- 3 tablespoons coarsely-grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 slices prosciutto - (thin) sliced crosswise
- into thin strips
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- Balsamic vinegar as needed
For Dough: Mix flour and salt in large bowl. Place 1/2 cup warm water in small bowl. Sprinkle yeast over water and stir to blend. Let stand until dissolved, about 10 minutes. Pour yeast mixture into bowl with flour. Add oil and honey. Using flexible spatula, stir until coarse dough forms. Knead dough in bowl with 1 hand until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. Cover bowl; let dough stand 30 minutes. Refrigerate dough in bowl, still covered, at least 2 hours (dough will rise very little). (Can be made 2 days ahead; keep refrigerated.)
For Toppings: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until golden, about 12 minutes. Add vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until liquid cooks away and onion is very tender, about 4 minutes; season onion with salt and pepper.
Heat remaining 1/2 cup oil in heavy small skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté just until garlic begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer garlic to custard cup. Pour oil into separate small bowl.
Char bell pepper over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Enclose in paper bag; let stand 10 minutes. Peel, seed, and slice thinly. (Onion, garlic, garlic oil, and pepper can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately; chill.)
For Baking: Place chilled dough ball on work surface. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand at room temperature until malleable, about 1 hour.
Position rack in bottom third of oven. Place heavy large baking sheet on rack (invert sheet if rimmed). Preheat oven to 500 degrees at least 30 minutes.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12-inch round, allowing dough to rest a few minutes if it springs back. Sprinkle flour on pizza paddle or another rimless baking sheet. Slide under dough. Brush 1 tablespoon reserved garlic oil over dough, leaving 1/2-inch plain border. Sprinkle with mozzarella, then reserved garlic and balsamic onion. Top with pepper strips in spoke pattern. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Slide knife under dough to loosen from paddle, if sticking.
Position paddle at far edge of hot baking sheet in oven. Tilt paddle and pull back slowly, allowing pizza to slide onto sheet. Bake 6 minutes. Rotate pizza half a turn. Bake until crust is deep brown, about 6 minutes longer. Arrange prosciutto atop pizza. Bake until prosciutto softens, about 30 seconds. Using paddle, transfer pizza to board. Sprinkle with thyme. Cut into 8 wedges. Serve, passing more vinegar and garlic oil separately.
This recipe yields 4 servings.
Test-Kitchen Tip: No stone? No paddle? No problem. Preheat a heavy baking sheet to stand in for the pizza stone. And instead of a pizza paddle, you can easily use a large rimless baking sheet to transfer the pizza into and out of the hot oven.