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CPK's Red Onions - recreating at home

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  • dtud Jan 1, 2007 12:10 AM

I didn't know whether to put this in home cooking or chains.

Whenever I get a CPK pizza with red onions - they taste very sweet. This happens in some salads too (at CPK and elsewhere).

Whenever I cook with red onions they keep their onion flavor - I don't know how to make them "sweet". Is there a special way to accomplish this? Vinegar? Oil? Cooking?

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  1. I think that CPK sweetens many of its menu items. The salad dressings and the pizza crust are a bit too sweet for my taste. I am a big and unashamed CPK fan, but I would not be surprised if there were some sugar or other sweetener used in preparing the red onions.

    Perhaps you could contact CPK directly:

    http://www.cpk.com/contact_us/

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    1. re: silverbear

      thanks - good idea. i'll report back what they tell me.

    2. I have a couple of CPK cookbooks, and am looking through one of them..Soups, Salads, Pasta and Sides.....and their Grilled Red Onions in a Chicken Sausage and Pepper Sandwhich calls for ... paraphrasing..an onion cut into rings, a bit of olive oil and soy sauce..not much....so basically combine onion, olive oil and soy, tossing to coat and grill on a grill pan or under the broiler or however. Turn frequently.

      Another dish..Bangkok BBQ Chicken Tortilla Spring Rolls call for pretty much the same thing...but with less soy and an equal part of red wine vinegar.

      I have grilled red onions using olive oil and balsmatic vinegar (forgive spelling?).

      Now...looking at the CPK pizza cookbook..The Original BBQ Pizza doesn't have any special prep for the onions...simply scattered on the top...Chicken Teriyaki Pizza the same...Chicken Dijon Pizza uses braised shallots....Souuthwestern Burrito Pizza only calls for sweet whilte onions...and finally, Santa Fe Chicken Pizza calls for carmelized onions using unsalted butter, red onion, red wine vinegar and soy sauce...the latter in small quantities..more soy than red wine vinegar.

      So, play around!

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      1. re: Jesdamala

        What are the ingredients for the Southwestern Burrito Pizza? Sounds like a new one - love CPK.

      2. This seems like mucho work...but I do enjoy having these books, and have used them for pizza ideas...and wonderful appetizers...

        So, here goes...Southwestern Burito Pizza from CPK, in their The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook calls for:

        Basic pizza dough
        Cornmeal, semolina or flour for handling
        Monterey Jack Cheese
        and
        Southwestern Black Beans (dried black beans, rinsed and sorted, bay leaves, cold water, olive oil, minced fresh garlic, finely chopped onion, finely chopped bell pepper, can of ready but tomatoes or whose whole canned tomatoes and chop coarse, fried oregano, dried thyme, cumin, more wataer, chili powder, salt)
        and
        Southwestern Burito Pizza from CPK, in their The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook calls for:

        Basic pizza dough
        Cornmeal, semolina or flour for handling
        Monterey Jack Cheese
        and
        Southwestern Black Beans (dried black beans, rinsed and sorted, bay leaves, cold water, olive oil, minced fresh garlic, finely chopped onion, finely chopped bell pepper, can of ready cut tomatoes or whose whole canned tomatoes and chop coarse, fried oregano, dried thyme, cumin, more water, chili powder, salt)
        and
        Grilled Lime Chicken (boneless/skinless chicken breasts, fresh lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, cumin, dried red pepper flakes, chopped fresh cilantro and olive oil).
        and...
        Ortega brand chilies cut into strips
        Half rings of sweet white onion
        Shredded cheddar cheese
        Sour Cream
        Green taco sauce

        Make it, slice and serve with sour cream or green taco sauce on the side.

        So, hope that will help....I don't believe we can copy and paste anything specific that is not pubished online somewhere...

        Basically, if I can do justice...prepare the beans by soaking saute other ingredients to slightly wilt or carmelize (onions/garlic), add seasonings and herbs, reduce heat, simmer....which seems like a lot of work for any pizza...
        Spread beans over dough, layer starting with mozzarella...onions, other stuff..top with cheddar...bake.

        Make it, slice and serve with sour cream or green taco sauce on the side.

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        1. re: Jesdamala

          OMG Jes, thank you so much for typing all that. I didn't mean for you to go to all that trouble, but thanks anyway. You're nice.

        2. OOOOps...NO Monterey Jack..got confused going back and forth between pages....very worthwhile little books these are...I have used them many times for family pizzas and some fabulous salads and sides. I like CPK...haven't been in ages and ages, but I think my kids grew up there....and I think the flavors were always pretty much on target!

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          1. re: Jesdamala

            i like it too. i know it gets smashed on this board - but overall, they have a good product for reasonable prices. i used to have to eat it every day at work and got sick of it - but now that i'm away from it - it's good. chow worthy or not.

          2. Question: What is CPK?

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            1. re: Fleur

              California Pizza Kitchen.