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Caramelized Onion Flatbread with Prosciutto and Figs

May 08, 2017
Featured in: Food Rx, Dinner
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This easy flatbread is topped with rich caramelized onions, salty prosciutto and jammy dried figs!

This flatbread is packed with all the flavors - sweet, spicy, salty and savory! Make this caramelized onion flatbread with prosicutto and figs! 

By Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE, CLT

Sweet, spicy, salty and bitter, this caramelized onion flatbread with prosciutto and figs has got it all going on! 

I made this flatbread last week when I was on a bit of a pizza kick and it was so good, I just couldn't wait any longer to share the recipe. Caramelized onions are so incredibly good - sweet and savory and jammy as they melt in your mouth. It's one of those ingredients, right up there with smoked salmon and (of course) avocado, that as soon as I see it on a menu, there's no way I'm not going to order it. 


This easy flatbread is topped with rich caramelized onions, salty prosciutto and jammy dried figs!


This easy flatbread is topped with rich caramelized onions, salty prosciutto and jammy dried figs!

Onions are the workhorse of my kitchen. Seriously, can you think of the last time you cooked a dish without onions? I really can't!

Because onions aren't bright and colorful, they don't seem to get the nutritional credit they deserve. But just as bright colors in vegetables are a sign of the powerful phytonutrients inside, so are strong flavors. Next time you hear that old nutrition trope (the one that makes all dietitians cringe) - if it tastes good spit it out - then you can respond with that little factoid! 


This easy flatbread is topped with rich caramelized onions, salty prosciutto and jammy dried figs!

This easy flatbread is topped with rich caramelized onions, salty prosciutto and jammy dried figs!

Some more fun factoids about onions: 

  • The sulfurous compounds in onions may help prevent blood clotting, making them helpful for cardiovascular protection. Those same sulfurous compounds may help lower cholesterol too. 
  • Onions are rich in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, especially quercetin. Don't peel too much of the outer layer, since that's where the phytonutrients are most concentrated. Just remove the papery layers. 
  • Daily intake of onions (and other allium vegetables like garlic, scallions and leeks) can help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. And this really doesn't seem too hard to do, since onions are a staple in most cuisines. 
  • Onions are a good source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and phosphorus. 

Caramelized onions are delicious, but they do take some time. Why not make extra when you make this recipe and use in recipes throughout the week? Throw them into quesadillas, toss with pasta and a little goat cheese, or enjoy over avocado toast for breakfast! 

This easy flatbread is topped with rich caramelized onions, salty prosciutto and jammy dried figs!

Make this caramelized onion flatbread with figs and prosciutto! @RHartleyRD @healthyaperture
This easy flatbread is topped with rich caramelized onions, salty prosciutto and jammy dried figs!

Caramelized Onion Flatbread with Prosciutto and Figs

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large sweet onions, halved and very thinly sliced
  • 1 handful cornmeal
  • 1 ball pizza dough
  • 6 slices prosciutto, torn
  • 8 dried figs, sliced
  • 1 handful arugula
  • Honey, for drizzling
  • Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add onions and a large pinch of salt. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden and deeply caramelized. It should take about 30 minutes. If you'd like the onions to caramelize faster, add half a teaspoon of sugar. 
  2. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Sprinkle a pizza stone with a handful of cornmeal. Roll the dough out onto the pizza stone into a large rectangle or circle. 
  3. Spread evenly with caramelized onion. Top with prosciutto slices and figs. Place in the oven and bake 15 minutes until crust is golden. Remove from oven. 
  4. Top flatbread with a handful of arugula. Drizzle very lightly with honey and balsamic. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes. 
Click for nutritional information
Calories 246
Carbohydrates 31.3g
Fiber 3.5g
Sugar 7.3g
Fat 13.3g
Protein 9.3g
Sodium 540mg
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RachaelAnAvocadoADay

RachaelAnAvocadoADay
Rachael Hartley is the author of the FOOD Rx on HealthyAperture - a monthly feature that embraces the saying "Let food be thy medicine." The tasty, whole food recipes shared in Food Rx take advantage of the healing power of food, highlighting ingredients with known health promoting abilities. Rachael is also private practice dietitian and blogger at Avocado A Day Nutrition. She is passionate about helping men and women improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing with nourishing and delicious whole foods, mindfulness and intuitive eating. As lifelong food lover, the kitchen is her playground and she enjoys experimenting with new ingredients, trying new cuisines and sharing those creations on her blog. When not working with clients or blogging, you can find her playing with her two big fluffy dogs, practicing yoga, or traveling with her husband.
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