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Sweet & Savory Pizza

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | September 13th, 2010 | Main Dishes, Recipes
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Originally, this pizza was going to be named Pear & Onion Pizza.  However, looking at that title made me think that people would see the title and move on to the next web site.  Although I absolutely adore this pizza, I do understand that it may seem that pears don’t belong on a non-dessert pizza, nevermind that they shouldn’t be combined with onions.  Therefore, I decided to put a little spin on the title in hopes of convincing the world as to how delicious this pizza is.

What would make this pizza so tasty?  Let me share the ways:

  1. The crust- Whether you use store-bought dough or make your own batch of dough, the key to this pizza is the rolling.  You want to make the crust as thin as possible so that it delivers crunch and allows the flavors of the toppings to shine.
  2. The pears- Cooking the slices for just one minute on each side makes them perfectly crisp-tender; not raw but also not soggy.  While pears are naturally sweet, it is a mild sort of sweetness that blends nicely with the onions.
  3. The onions- These need to be caramelized.  After sautéing for 20 or so minutes the onions develop a wonderful sweetness that still has a bit of oniony bite.
  4. The cheeses- Mozzarella provides gooey-ness, and gruyére provides a salty nuttiness.
  5. The honey- Just the slightest drizzling of honey provides a final touch of sweetness that rounds out the flavors.  Although it may seem like a step worth skipping. . .don’t!

So, sure, you could call this a pear and onion pizza or a sweet and savory pizza, but to me it really is pizza that has been perfected.

Sweet & Savory Pizza


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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Tb. butter
  2. 1 anjou pear, cored & cut into 1/4″ slices
  3. 1/2 lb. pizza dough
  4. 1/2 cup caramelized onions
  5. 1 cup gruyére, shredded
  6. 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  7. honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475. (If you have a pizza stone, place in oven and allow to heat for at least 20 minutes.)
  2. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Coat bottom of pan with butter, and add pear slices.
  3. After one minute flip slices, and cook other side for one minute. Remove from pan.
  4. On a floured surface, roll dough into a very thin 12″ crust. (You may not need all of your dough to do this.)
  5. Transfer dough to pizza stone or baking sheet. Place pear slices on crust in a single layer.
  6. Top pears with caramelized onion. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  7. Place in oven, and bake for approximately 15 minutes. As ovens vary, you should check the pizza starting at 10 minutes.
  8. Cool for a minute or two, drizzle with honey, then slice and enjoy!
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