Friday, April 26, 2013

Pear Pizza Recipe with Balsamic and Pecans

For this pear pizza recipe, the pears become sweet and tender, onions are savory with thyme and a simple balsamic syrup adds a bright pop of acid. We love the addition of the balsamic syrup, however, if you prefer, you could drizzle a small amount of honey over the pizza.

  • 1 Pizza Dough
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 red pear
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup (60 grams) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (56 grams) pecan halves
  • 1/4 (60 ml) cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Then, spray a baking sheet (with sides) with cooking spray.
  • Form pizza dough into a 15-inch by 10-inch rectangle (this doesn’t have to be exact, just close). Then, crimp the edges. Place dough onto baking sheet then bake for 8 minutes.

  • While the pizza crust bakes, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced onions, the thyme and a 1/2-teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent and begin to brown around the edges.

  • Next, core and thinly slice the pear. Then, to prevent the pear slices from browning, sprinkle lemon juice over the cut pear and toss.
  • Evenly spread the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over the baked pizza crust then scatter the onions, mozzarella cheese, pear slices and pecan halves on top.

  • Bake the pizza 6 to 10 minutes until cheese has melted and starts to bubble.
  • While the pizza bakes, add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat then bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until thickened to the consistency of thin syrup. Drizzle the balsamic syrup over pizza once baked then serve warm.

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