Fresh pears and Gorgonzola instantly upgrade pizza night
While I personally love a good old plain, extra-cheese pizza, sometimes I like to jazz things up a bit in the kitchen and get creative with the toppings. And it's not hard to do.
In this recipe I made a simple homemade pizza dough, and rather than keeping things basic, I wanted to put an elegant twist on things by using fresh pears and salty, pungent Gorgonzola cheese. To give the pizza a hint of tartness, I added some balsamic vinegar to the pizza sauce.
These flavor combinations help balance out one another and make this a delicious spin on classic pizza. If you aren't a fan of Gorgonzola, try using grated Parmesan, which isn't quite as strong as Gorgonzola. And if you're pressed for time, pick up a ball of store-bought pizza dough or a premade crust.
Fresh pear and Gorgonzola pizza recipe
Yields 1; serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 20 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes
- 1 ball fresh store-bought or homemade pizza dough
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 large pear, sliced thin
- 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
For the topping
- Thinly sliced basil
- Balsamic vinegar (optional)
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees F, and line a pizza pan with parchment paper.
- Roll the dough out into desired shape and thickness, and place it on the pizza pan.
- In a bowl, combine the pizza sauce and balsamic vinegar, and mix well. Evenly spread the pizza sauce on top of the dough.
- Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce, and top with the sliced pears and crumbled Gorganzola cheese.
- Bake the pizza for about 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, and top with fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, if desired.