Last week, Michael traveled to a land far far away on business. I knew that he’d want some good home-cookin’ when he returned, so I planned to make a bunch of his favorite meals.
I also decided to surprise him with some homemade pizza. The only problem was that the ingredients were a little bit different from what he was used to eating on a pizza.
When he asked what toppings I was going to use, I tried to weasel my way out of answering, but I finally cracked. I could tell that he was a little apprehensive, but he trusted his wife (at least, I think he did…).
Sweet & Savory Goat Cheese Pizza
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35-45 minutes
Prepared whole wheat pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s)
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
2 Bartlett pears, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
1 cup goat cheese
2 red onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon Earth Balance butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
Combine the Earth Balance and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a wide saute pan. Heat on medium-high until the butter melts. Stir in the onions and be sure to coat well with the butter and oil mixture. Cook for about 10 minutes and stir often to ensure that the onions do not burn. Sprinkle salt and sugar over the onions. Continue to cook onions until browned (about 20-30 minutes). Again, be sure to stir the onions often to avoid burning.
Sprinkle the flour on a flat surface and roll out the dough. Roll until you’ve reached your desired thickness (I made ours pretty thin). Carefully lift the dough and arrange to cover a greased pizza pan. Lightly brush the surface with remaining olive oil. Spread the caramelized onions over the crust. Arrange the pear slices over the onions and top evenly with the goat cheese. Sprinkle the cinnamon all over the pizza and drizzle the honey on top.
Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
This was a huge hit!
We both loved it, and I was even able to make the pizza Erin-friendly by omitting the cheese on my portion. I just added more onions and pears to that side.
Michael ate the pizza again for lunch the next day, so I am pretty confident that he was glad to be home and eating some good food again. Although, I do hope that the main reason he’s happy to be home is to be with me.
Of course, we had salads on the side for some veggies. No meal is complete without them!
What are your favorite toppings to add to homemade pizza? Anything unusual? Ever since my friend Deb introduced me to it in college, I’ve loved pineapple on my pizza. It’s delicious!
My mom use to make a cheeseburger pizza that we all loved! I also like Taco and Hawaiian pizzas – lettuce, olives, pineapple – what’s not to love. I can actually say I have eaten a Veggie pizza with carrots and broccoli on eat – interesting! My go to favorite is olive oil, kalamata olives and parmesean cheese with a sprinkle of sea salt – to die for:) I might have to give your receipe above a whirl. I am now hungry and wanting pizza – Thanks!
This sounds like an amazing combination! I LOVE fruit and goat cheese together on salads, and can only imagine it would be fantastic on pizza as well. Pears are in season, which makes it even more perfect.
Isn’t it fun introducing people to “strange” food combinations and watching them realize that they love it?
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