Caramelized Onion, Pepperoni & Mushroom Pizza
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I’m inspired.  I’m also a little sad.  I feel like I have so much to do in this life.  I need to give more, live more.
All of this because of Oprah.

Confession:  I LOVE Oprah.  If I’m half the woman she has been, I will live an incredibly fulfilling life.

I know people may give me flack for saying that, but she has done so much with her life. More than that, she has done so much for other people.

I grew up watching Oprah with my mom after school.  When I was younger some of the subjects didn’t affect me, but it was still something my mom and I shared. The last 3 years my watching has slowed down significantly with my full-time job, but when I found out she was in her last season I started to record the episodes on my DVR.

In the last few episodes, I have just cried and cried and cried.  Not because it’s ending (only 2 more episodes!) but because of the beautiful and inspiring stories.

What does Oprah have to do with pizza? Absolutely, nothing.

But this is what we should do: get together, make this pizza,  and figure out how to make this world a better place.

I mean it.  Do it.  The world needs you to.

Just a little snippet about the pizza.  I have two favorite pizza dough recipes; this is one of them.  Toppings come and go, but you need a good crust.

I’ve fallen in love with this flavor combo, but you should find your own favorite.  It’s fun to experiment!

Caramelized Onion, Pepperoni & Mushroom Pizza

crust recipe adapted from William-Sonoma Bride & Groom Cookbook

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (not hot! you’ll kill the yeast!)
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp kosher salt (depending on your preference)

Make the crust:

Combine the water, yeast, vinegar, and 3 tablespoons olive oil in the bowl of the stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.  Mix on a low speed until just blended.  Add 1 cup of all purpose flour and mix for about 30 seconds.  In a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients: 1 cup of all purpose flour, 2 cups of the whole wheat pastry flour, sugar, and salt.  Add the flour to the wet mixture slowly on a low speed in 3 additions.  Once all the flour has been added raise the speed to medium until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  The dough should feel soft to the touch.

Place the ball of dough in a well-oiled bowl, spinning the ball so is lightly coated with oil.  Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. (I left mine for about an hour, because I had the time)

If you aren’t ready to bake the pizza after the 30 minutes, place bowl in the refrigerator well covered up to 4 hours.  Take out the dough 30 minutes prior to preparing the pizza.


  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • olive oil
  • pepperoni (I used 12 large pieces)
  • pizza sauce (I used an organic pizza sauce from a can)
  • 1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese

Making the pizza:

Cut the ends off the onions and then cut in half.  Slice the onion as thin as you possibly can.  Warm 2 counts of olive oil in a pan on a medium heat.  Add onions and sprinkle sugar over the top.  Cook down the onions until they turn a beautiful golden color, about 15-20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Oil a baking sheet.  Spread out the dough evenly on the baking sheet.  Spread sauce all over the dough leaving only half of an inch for the crust.  Sprinkle cheese over the sauce.  Add pepperoni and caramelized onion evenly over the top.

Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.  The last 10 minutes I raised the temperature to 400 degrees.

Enjoy your pizza while discussing how we can positively effect the world. Thanks.



  1. Molly

    That pizza looks amazing. Adam and I got really into grilling pizza last year.. (our house gets extremely hot when we run our oven it seems) My fav flav that I think your would dig too.. eggplant, basil, thin tomato, and goat cheese.mmm..

    • Oh my goodness, that sounds incredible! You know we have never tried grilling pizza, but I’ve wanted to try it. All your lovely veggies from you garden 😉

  2. Arlo Casper

    jilly,The is a better place because we have Oprah and is just as blessed because we have you.

  3. Oh Jilly Bean,i just LOVE that we are not only real life friends, but bloggy friends too – how I’ve missed you!

    So very glad you are finding lots of friends at Mingle Monday – your post made me smile so big!

    …aaannnnddddd I’ve been searching for a whole wheat pizza crust that is credible!! Can’t WAIT to try this little gem!! Thanks lovey dovey! 🙂

    • I’ve missed you, too! Oh, the dance team days…. This crust is really awesome. Feel free to use up to 3 cups of the whole wheat pastry flour…. whole wheat pastry flour is a God-send!

  4. I love pizza more than life itself (too much? ok. a lot.) My favorite is pizza with goat cheese and tomatos!I have to confess I am not am Oprah fan but I do agree, she has done a lot for the world!

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