Prezzo inspired Pane Con Cipolla recipe - caramelised balsamic onion and mozzarella garlic bread pizza

Pane con Cipolla

When I had a tastecard I went to Prezzo quite a few times just to make use of the 2 for 1 starters and mains, the price was a little hard to justify for me though especially as the ingredients are so simple - pizza dough, caramelized onions, garlic butter, mozzarella, but it was a little daunting due to not being able to find a recipe online.

First 4 ingredients bullet points are for garlic butter, which was surprisingly low stress and tasty but feel free to just buy premade. The next 6 bullet points are for the caramelized balsamic onions, then there are 2 ingredients for pizza dough and cheese to top the pizza.

You can use any pizza dough for this, I have an extended recipe at the bottom, don't just buy a premade pizza base though, the dough is pretty important for a delicious pizza.

If you want to make a gorgeous plain garlic bread pizza, leave out the onions and just spread garlic butter onto the dough, then cover it in mozzarella, bake for around 8-10 minutes at 220C/430F.

  • 2-4 cloves of fresh garlic   
  • 100g or 1/2 cup of butter (salted or unsalted)
  • Salt to taste (I used about 1/2tsp), black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano

  • 2-3 medium sweet onions, I just used frozen presliced red onions to save time, it still tasted great
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 60-100ml balsamic vinegar (0.25-0.5 cups)
  • 2.5 tablespoons sugar (you can use less, I like it quite sweet) 

  • 1.5 cups self raising flour (Substitute 1.5cups of plain/all-purpose flour, 1.5 teaspoons baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 125g mozzarella, 50-150g grated mild cheese (I used cheddar)

Pane Con Cipolla (instructions for each section below):
  1. Start by making the caramelized onions unless you are making the inconvenient pizza dough (do the dough first in that case), once the onions have been reduced to low heat you can chop/mince the garlic then go relax for 15 mins. 
  2. After that do the dough/garlic butter in any order, then divide the dough into small fist sized pieces, and roll it out into a pizza shape via rolling pin or press with your fingers (I do around 10 inch pizzas, quite thinly). 
  3. When the onions are almost ready, you can start preheating the oven, I do 220 C/428F with a fan assisted oven. 
  4. You then spread the garlic butter evenly on the pizza base, distribute the onions (you don't actually need a lot to get the amazing flavour), then put blobs of mozzarella evenly around on top of the onions, and the grated cheese as well, depending how cheesy you want it.
  5. Bake in the middle of the oven for 9-10 mins, use your good judgement on how brown you want the crust. 
  6. I kept the bowl I made the garlic butter in and then used that as a dip which was good but quite sharp.

Caramelized Balsamic Onions:
  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan/skillet on medium heat (I used 6 on my 1-9 hob). put the onions in the frying pan and season with approx 1/2tsp salt and pepper.
  2. Once the onions are a little softer and can be stirred easily, mix the sugar in, then the balsamic vinegar, stir again.
  3. Reduce heat to low (2-3 on my hob) and let the onions cook slowly, stir every so often (I did it about every 10-15 mins) for about an hour, or until the vinegar has all reduced and is sticking to the onions. This can just be left on a low heat past the hour mark, or can be set aside/refrigerated. 
2 Ingredient Pizza Dough 
  • Mix 1.5 cups of self raising flour with 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (cheap stuff will work fine, just not Greek imitation), if you have one you can use an electric stand mixer. 
  • Once they're combined, knead dough for 5-8 minutes depending on whether you're using a mixer or by hand, add flour as needed. It should be smooth and slightly elastic. This can then be rolled out into a pizza shape and cooked straight away, it doesn't need to rise which is fab!

Garlic Butter:
  1. Finely chop or mince the garlic, I used 2 cloves for about 75g of butter but it wasn't as strong as I would have liked. You could also use a pestle+mortar to mush it up.
  2. Soften the butter slightly, I just put a bowl with the butter in next to the onions.
  3. Add the chopped garlic, salt, pepper and oregano to the butter, use a fork to mix it well.

Pizza dough with a lot more hassle:
  • 1 cup warm water (35-40 degrees C, around 100 F)
  • 1 package active dry or instant yeast
  • 3 cups strong bread flour (you can use plain flour too tbh)
  • 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder
  1. I use a stand mixer, mix the yeast, warm water, honey and sugar in a bowl, leave it alone for around 10 minutes with a cloth on top until it gets foamy. At this point you can 
  2. Add the flour, salt, garlic powder and onion powder, I put the mixer to the lowest setting with dough hooks in.
  3. Once it starts climbing the dough hook, turn the dough onto a clean slightly floured work surface and knead by hand for 2-3 mins until it is smooth and elastic. 
  4. Lightly oil a large bowl, put the dough in and cover with a clean, damp towel, let rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours.


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