Do you have any exciting New Year’s Eve parties in your future? If so, then I have an appetizer recipe for you! Every year for New Year’s Eve I have high hopes of pulling together this totally decadent, awe-inspiring, delicious appetizer that I’m going to bring to the party and everyone is going to love! Tragically, what usually happens is the recipe I’m trying ends up being way too complicated or takes so much time that I have to abandon the mission halfway through and end up snagging a packaged tray on my way to the party.
Next, thinly slice one medium onion.
Add the onions to the melted spread and let cook for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Ta-da, almost done! Meanwhile, chop up one cup dried figs (found in our grocery aisle by the other dried fruits). Figs are high in fiber and not an overly sweet dried fruit. They complement the savory caramelized onion in this dish perfectly!
Add the chopped figs and water or port to the golden brown onions. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed.
Meanwhile, lay one Sprouted Grain Pizza Crust from our deli onto a large baking sheet. Not only is this a better-for-you pizza crust option, it’s incredibly convenient! No fuss means getting to the party on time. Next, we’re going to arrange 3 slices of cheese, torn to fit, on the pizza crust.
Evenly top with the onion and fig mixture, pressing gently into the crust. Bake the pizza at 450°F for 12 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown. Slice this decadent dish into 8 pieces to serve appetizer-style.
You can take this pizza to the party and give a quick re-heat in an oven for 10 minutes or until heated through or simply serve on a classic wooden cutting board at your house. Wherever you are this New Year’s Eve and whatever you’re doing; I hope you have a wonderful time and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Caramelized Onion & Fig Pizza
Adapted Recipe courtesy of Unilever Chefs
- 2 Tbsp. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup dried mission figs, chopped (about 5oz.)
- 1 Tbsp. port wine or 1 Tbsp. water
- 3 slices low-fat Swiss cheese
- 1 (12-in.) Sprouted Grain Crusts from the deli
Preheat oven to 450°.
Melt I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook onion, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in figs and port (or water) and cook until liquid is absorbed. Arrange 3 slices cheese, torn to fit, onto the pizza crust, then evenly top with onion mixture; press gently. Arrange pizza on baking sheet and bake 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is crisp. Garnish, if desired, with thinly sliced fresh basil leaves. Cut each to pizza into 8 wedges.
TIP: Also great as a bruschetta topping! Simply toast rounds of French bread, then top with onion and fig mixture. Garnish with shredded cheese and toast until golden.
Yield: 8 appetizer servings
Per Serving*: Calories 180, Total Fat 7g (Saturated 1.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 210mg, Total Carbohydrate 24g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 1g), Protein 6g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 10%, Iron 10%
*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.
Jenny Dahl is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.