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Gorgonzola, cherry and parmesan pizza

Chris Perrin is part mad scientist, part glutton, and part culinary adventurer who is always ready to hit the kitchen to make something delicious. Cooking, especially for friends, has always been one of his deepest passions and explains ...

Sweet and sour

Gorgonzola cheese is a bit of an acquired taste. It’s kind of strong and sour; however, if used in moderation, you’ll find that a lot of people start acquiring a taste for it very quickly. One of the ways to try it is on a pizza. It’s a great way to use just a little of it and you can serve complementary ingredients that can help buffer some of the sour. In particular, fruit is a great accompaniment because of its sweetness, like cherries on the pizza below.

Ingredients for Gorgonzola, cherry and parmesan pizza

  • 1 thin pizza crust

For the sauce:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic, lightly smashed

For the cheese:

  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola crumbles
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan

For the toppings:

  • 1 cup bing cherries, sliced and pitted
  • 1/2 cup balsamic
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions

  1. The night before, put the cherries, balsamic, and sugar into a bowl and stir well; place the bowl in the refrigerator to let the cherries macerate (marinate) in the balsamic. If you need this pizza in a hurry,  give the cherries at least 30 minutes to macerate.
  2. When it comes time to make the pizza, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (if you are using a packaged crust, you may use the temperature specified on the package).
  3. If you are using a mix, prepare your thin crust pizza according to package directions. When it is ready, bake it for 10 minutes, or until it starts to set. If you are not using a packaged crust, it doesn't need to be pre-baked.
  4. While the crust is baking, melt the butter over medium heat with the garlic; slowly let the butter leech out some of the flavorings from the garlic for at least 5 to 10 minutes, but don't let the butter burn.
  5. When it comes time to make the pizza, spread the garlic over the crust, add the gorgonzola, then the cherries, and top with the shredded Parmesan.
  6. Bake until the cheese is melted, for about 15 minutes.

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