Thursday, May 12, 2005

Pear and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Pear and Blue Cheese Flatbread (Adapted from Eating Well)

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups thinly sliced onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
about 1 pound prepared whole-wheat pizza dough (I used my favorite recipe)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
fresh ground black pepper
2 ripe but firm pears, sliced
2 ounces finely crumbled blue cheese

Preheat oven to 450 with the rack on the lowest position (with a baking stone if possible).

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add onions and salt - cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and golden, about 5 to 8 more minutes.

Meanwhile, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough as thinly as you can - if you are not using a baking stone, transfer the dough to a large baking sheet lightly coated with nonstick spray. Transfer the dough to the stone (or place the baking sheet in the oven) and bake until puffed and lightly crisped on the bottom, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Stir vinegar, sage and pepper into the golden onions. Scoop the mixture onto the crust and spread to form an even layer. Arrange the sliced pears on top and sprinkle with the walnuts and cheese. Place back in the oven and continue to bake until the crust is crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, about 8 to 12 minutes.

Makes about 6 servings.

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