Gorgonzola, cherry and parmesan pizza
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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake until the cheese is melted, for about 15 minutes.