Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grilled Pizza with Asparagus, Caramelized Onions, Hummus and Brie

Perfect Pairing: Sabra Classic Hummus


Last week was our annual family vacation at the lake.  I look forward to this week all year.  One of my brothers lives in California so it is hard for all of us to be in the same place at one time.  We had an absolutely wonderful time enjoying each others company, the summer weather, lake, good food, and lots of cute kids.  I miss everyone already!








I am a big fan of unusual pizzas and flatbreads.  I have shared a few creations here…




Even traditional pizzas can sometimes benefit from an update, like with this Prosciutto and Pineapple Grilled Pizza.

The combination of hummus, asparagus, caramelized onions, and brie on pizza may seem a little strange, but it is one of my all-time favorites.  Using hummus as the “sauce” adds a rich creaminess, and the onions add just the right amount of sweet. 


This pizza is great as a main course, but it is also perfect on appetizer night.  We have a lot of appetizer nights at our house.  Usually on app night we serve a dip or salsa of some kind, a salad or veggies, and a crostini.  This pizza fits right in. Add a bottle of chilled white wine and you have yourself a party. 


I really like to use Sabra’s Classic Hummus here.  I am not being sponsored in any way to say that, I just really like it. 



Grilled Pizza with Asparagus, Caramelized Onions, Hummus and Brie

Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing, inspired by GuiltyKitchen

  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tb brown sugar
  • ½ bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 pizza crust
  • 1/3 cup prepared hummus
  • ½ wheel of brie, sliced


Melt the butter in a skillet over low heat.  Add the sliced onion and brown sugar, stir to combine.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deeply caramelized.  This should take from 45-60 minutes on low heat.  You can increase the heat to speed it up, just make sure they don’t burn.  You can cook the onions well in advance. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Toss the asparagus with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill until slightly charred, but still retains some crunch, about 10 minutes.  Cut into bite-sized pieces.

Prepare the pizza crust according to package directions.  Spread the hummus evenly across the pizza crust*.  Cover the hummus with caramelized onions and asparagus.  Top with the slices of brie.  Cook on the grill (or in a 400 degree oven) until the crust is crispy and the brie is melted.

*If you are using a pre-baked crust (like Boboli) spread the hummus on while it is cool. If you are using a raw dough you may want to par cook it for a bit on the grill or in the oven.

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