Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza

Pears, caramelized onion, honey, fresh thyme, Gorgonzola cheese. These are some of my favorite ingredients...all combined in this breathtaking pizza.

This is a relatively simple pizza. Just a few fresh ingredients, perfectly balanced. And the results are magnificent.

BUT....because we're working with few ingredients, it makes the quality of these ingredient very important.

"Once you've put your groceries in the car, the quality of your dinner has already been decided."
- Chef Mario Batali

So, with that in mind, shop for the best and freshest you can find. You won't regret it once you see how each ingredient in this fabulous pizza is highlighted and celebrated!

Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza

1 uncooked pizza crust
1 bosc pear (you want one that is ripe but still a bit firm)
1/2 yellow onion
2 TBS butter
pinch of sugar (optional) Note: if you can get your hands on a sweet onion you might not need it
2-4 TBS Gorgonzola (or bleu) cheese 
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
2 TBS honey

Preheat your oven according to your pizza crust cooking instructions. (I cook my homemade pizzas very hot and fast. So my oven is preheated to to 525F, which is the highest my oven goes.)

Cut the pear in half and remove the seeds. *tip: using a melon baller is a great way to do this!* Slice the pear thinly.

Cut the onion into small strips. In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and sautee until they are a deep golden color. This should take about 10-15 minutes for them to caramelize. Add the sugar, if desired, and stir until coated. Set aside.

To make the pizza, spread the onions (and some of the butter from the pan) onto the the crust. Arrange pear slices in a circular patter to cover the crust and onions. Sprinkle the cheese and thyme over the top of the pizza. Finally, drizzle on the honey.

Bake according to your pizza crust's recipe (for my crust its about 6-8 minutes at 525F or unitl crust is golden brown.

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