Friday, May 28, 2010

Pear and Prosciutto Pizza...

With a fair amount of digging around the past few days, we finally found the pizza stone and other goodies that were stashed away in a box located deep in the garage. It was marked kitchen, but for some reason it didn't quite make it that far! Happy to see it, I was tempted to throw together a pizza that night, but after a long day of cleaning, sorting and box opening, we thought a couple fluffernutters sounded just fine.

After all that, I did make a pizza tonight, but it wasn't a new recipe... Jeff requested we do that Avocado and Canadian Bacon Pizza we first made last year.

However, when I was going through my files on the computer, I found a few snaps of this Pear and Prosciutto Pizza we made before we jetted out of Minneapolis - apparently I forgot about it during all the hubbub with the move!

Rather than spreading a red sauce over the piece of pizza dough we had stretched out, this recipe called for cooking down a couple cups of sliced onions, bringing their inherent sweetness to the surface, and allow them to turn a rich golden brown. Strewn over almost every naked inch, we then covered the top in smooth provolone and thin slices cut from a crisp pear. For a pungent hint of salt, strips of prosciutto covered the pears, followed by a light shower of fresh ground black pepper for a pleasant bite.

We don't usually have a problem assembling and moving our pizzas using a light layer of cornmeal on top of our trusty pizza peel, but there is an easy fix if you happen to be working with an extra sticky dough or don't like the extra crunch the cornmeal adds. You can form and top the pizza dough right onto a piece of parchment and then use that as an aid to easily glide the whole shebang onto the stone (parchment included). After just a few minutes (3 or 4 is usually enough), the dough will have cooked enough that you can slide it off the parchment, giving the crust direct contact with the hot stone. Do you have to take the parchment out? Not always, but if the oven is heated especially hot, it will darken quite quickly and besides, I think the direct contact makes for a slightly crisper crust.

Slid onto our heated stone to bake, as soon as the crust had browned and the cheese melted into a bubbly pool under the pears, we moved the pizza onto a cooling rack and sprinkled over nutty toasted walnuts for crunch.

While I'm sure you could serve this as is and be satisfied, for a touch of freshness, we dressed a bowl of peppery arugula with tangy sherry vinegar and scattered it over the top of the warm pizza to serve. With a combination of ingredients and textures that are anything but ordinary, I hope they don't scare you away - I'm sure you'll love this as much as we did if you give it a go!
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9 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! We like ours with gorgonzola instead of proscuitto - you should try it sometime!

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  2. Uhmmmm!!! Both of them seem to taste simply delicious!!!! Pear and prosciutto seem to be a tasty combination. I'll try!!!

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  3. All these flavors coming together in their goodness are calling to me! ;) Looks delish.

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  4. We made this yesterday, but the pear juice made the pizza a little soggy in the end. Any ideas how to combat that?

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  5. Megan - That sounds like a great combo!

    Mer - Please do!

    Chris - Answer those calls!

    Anon - Hmm, maybe our pears were not particularly juicy as we didn't notice that. However! You could try pre-baking the crust for a few minutes before topping.

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  6. I'm drooling! Wow, this looks like an amazing explosion of flavors.

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  7. All of these pizzas sound delicious!

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  8. Such an unusual combination, it sounds like perfection!

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  9. This is great! I like the combination of the toppings! I can see that this is so delicious.

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