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Onion Focaccia

Dress up homemade or purchased pizza dough with a topping of Pecorino Romano cheese and caramelized onions to create this crowd-pleasing onion focaccia worthy of a party appetizer.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 50 mins
  • servings: 20




  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds homemade or store-bought pizza dough
  • 2 large red onions, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

Cook's Note

To store, wrap cooled focaccia in plastic and keep at room temperature, up to 2 days.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat an 11-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons oil. Place dough on sheet, stretching to fit (if dough springs back, let rest 20 minutes and repeat). Drizzle edges with 1 tablespoon oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 15 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and golden brown in spots, 12 minutes. Add vinegar and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, 1 minute.

  3. Step 3

    Remove plastic from dough. With your fingertips, poke dimples all over dough, then top with cheese, browned onions, and red-pepper flakes. Bake until golden brown around edges, about 30 minutes. Let cool on sheet 5 minutes. Cut into 20 pieces and serve warm or at room temperature.

Everyday Food, January/February 2011



Reviews (1)

  • cindyw 17 Sep, 2013

    Made this to last night and we loved it. Carmalized onions with red pepper flakes and pecorino cheese - yum. We like spicy so added more red pepper flakes than recipe suggests. Otherwise a nice pre-dinner snack with a nice dry white wine.