Pear and prosciutto pizza is the perfect combination of sweet and salty
My husband has a full-out obsession with our local pizza joint's Buffalo chicken thin-crust Sicilian pie. And yes, that's its name despite the fact that "Sicilian" and "thin-crust" are pretty much contradictory adjectives when in the same name. It drives me crazy, but I'm not going to argue with the place — the pizza is in fact out of this world.
The only problem is that this pizza costs $22-plus, and I refuse to make that a habit when really, I myself can make a pretty epic pizza at home for less than half that price.
I feel like pears go somewhat unnoticed in the fall. First it's apples everywhere, then pumpkin jumps in, steals the show for a good two months or so, and then we're straight into cranberries and pomegranates, while pears sit on the sideline, like "yo, when's it my turn?"
This pizza gives pears a chance to shine. Paired (see what I did there?) with salty prosciutto, crispy fresh watercress and taleggio, the sweet pears are the perfect topping for making a special pizza night — minus the $22 price tag.
Pear, prosciutto and watercress pizza recipe
This is a fancy pizza you can easily make at home without the fancy pizza price tag.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Inactive time: 1 hour | Bake time: 17 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 32 minutes
For the dough
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 packet dry active yeast (2-1/4 teaspoons)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces grated taleggio cheese
- 1 pear, thinly sliced
- 1/4 pound prosciutto, torn into pieces
- 2 cups watercress, roughly chopped
- In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil, and gently stir. Let sit for 10 minutes, until the yeast activates and becomes foamy.
- Add the flour and salt to the bowl, and knead a few times to combine.
- Turn the mixture out onto a flour surface, and knead for about 2 minutes, until the dough is smooth.
- Into an oiled bowl, place the dough, and cover it with a towel. Place the bowl in a warm spot, and let the dough rise for about an hour, until about doubled in size.
- Grease a baking sheet with olive oil or baking spray.
- Punch down the dough, and roll it out into a rectangle to fit on the baking sheet.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Sprinkle the cheese all over the dough.
- Lay the pear slices on top of the cheese and 1/2 the chopped watercress on top of that.
- Place the pizza into the oven for about 12 minutes.
- Remove the pizza from the oven, and add the prosciutto.
- Bake for another 5 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and turning golden brown on the edges.
- Remove the pizza from the oven, top with the remaining watercress, slice, and serve.
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