When I did an internship in college, I rated all of the pizza places by the number of minutes (or hours) that it was still delicious post oven. I have never met a pizza, fresh out of the oven, that I didn't like.
Since he's been married to me, my husband has joined me on my pizza obsession willingly looking up pizza places in every town we visit and stopping by the restaurant with the best customer reviews.
And has put up with every Friday night being pizza night.
One of my very favorite pizza varieties is pear and gorgonzola pizza with walnuts. I think I first tried this delightful pizza in Omaha of all places.
Another one of our favorites?
Smoked salmon, goat cheese, pickled onion, and caper berry pizza. Thank you Santa Fe!
Anyways, I've never attempted much besides the basic pizza at home. And the furthest limb I've branched to would be BBQ chicken. Not exciting. Still delicious.
So last Friday I decided to go for it. To make life a little bit easier on my quest for great pizza I used pre-made store bought dough. Then I looked up a bunch of different recipes until I got a pretty good idea of what I wanted to make. And then, I only made half of the dough into this pizza in case it was horrible.
It went something like this (sorry about my lack of measurements. That's why I cook instead of bake.)...
Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza
- 1 pear, thinly sliced (I used the cheapest variety available)
- 1 small onion, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp butter
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Generous drizzle of balsamic vinegar (about 1/4 cup)
- Sprinkle of sugar
- 1/2 cup of crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 1 cup of shredded cheese (your choice)
- Crushed walnuts (probably 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 a bag of pre-made dough
In a saucepan, melt butter and drizzle some olive oil in it. Add the thinly sliced onions and sprinkle with sugar (enough to cover). Cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent and slightly brown in color. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over and simmer until reduced and slightly syrupy. Spread this on the crust as the 'sauce'. Lay the sliced pears down and sprinkle with walnuts and gorgonzola cheese. Finish with shredded cheese of your choice. Bake at 425 F until cheese is melted and the crust is beginning to turn brown. Enjoy!