Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, and Pear Pizza

Need a quick and delicious weeknight meal? This is it, kids. I saw this recipe in my Cooking Light magazine this month and thought I should give it a whirl! I made a few changes, because let’s face it, I was being lazy and didn’t want to make my own pizza dough. All that rising… kneading… rising. I wanted quick and simple. There’s no shame it that!

So, I headed off to Publix where they sell fresh made pizza dough in the bakery section (white or wheat). I’m pretty sure that most grocery stores sell it like that now. I’ve seen it at Publix, and also at Whole Foods – so if nothing else, you know you can find it at either of those places!

Well, to get the honey flavor, I decided to mix it with the olive oil and brush it on top of the dough prior to baking. Winner! If you are a fan of goat cheese, you will LOVE this. The addition of the sweet pears and salty prosciutto make this the perfect salty-sweet pizza. Delicious. 

And Easy. Did I mention this is SUCH a quick and easy dinner?! 30 minutes (tops) start to finish! Just call me Rachael Ray, folks… hah

Enjoy! Oh, and Happy Wednesday… halfway to another weekend! :)

 

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Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, and Pear Pizza

Yield: 3-4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Time: 20-30 minutes

This pizza is easy to throw together; making it the perfect weeknight meal! Substitute Arugula for the spinach if you desire!

Ingredients:

For the Pizza:
1 lb pizza dough (white or whole wheat)
1 tablespoon of flour, for dusting work surface
1 tbs honey
1 tbs olive oil
6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
2-3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
1 Bartlette (green) pear, cored and thinly sliced

For the Topping:
3 cups baby spinach
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F with pizza stone in the oven (put your baking sheet in the oven if you don't have a pizza stone).

On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough to about 14-15" in diameter using a rolling pin (or hand stretch if you prefer). Pull pre-heated pizza stone (or baking sheet) out of oven using oven mitts (be careful - it is HOT). Sprinkle cornmeal in the shape of the dough, and carefully place dough on top the hot stone.

Combine honey and olive oil and brush over entire pizza. Next, evenly disperse the crumbled goat cheese. Using oven mitts, place entire pizza stone back into 450° F oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Open oven and carefully add the prosciutto and pears evenly across the pizza. Bake for an additional 2-4 minutes until crust is golden and crisp. Remove from oven.

Toss together baby spinach, lemon, thyme, black pepper, and salt - and top pizza with this mixture. Slice and serve hot!

Recipe Adapted from: Cooking Light

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19 Responses to “Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, and Pear Pizza”

  1. 1

    Bev Weidner — October 12, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    I’ll be there in 15.

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    brandi — October 12, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    yes, please!

    ps: if i can make it to FBForum Orlando, we should plan an awesome meal :)

    • Kristina replied: — October 13th, 2011 @ 11:09 am

      yes we totally should!!!

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    The Redneck Princess — October 12, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    Yummm…

  4. 4

    Lauren — October 12, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    This looks delicious – I think I’ll throw this on a gluten free crust and call it dinner tonight.

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    emily — October 12, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    Yum! I just made a pizza with ham and peaches and loved it. I bet this combination is amazing!

    • Kristina replied: — October 13th, 2011 @ 11:09 am

      mmm that sounds delish!

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    Alicia @ Aligirl Cooks — October 12, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    This looks so good! I’ve been thinking of giving pizza another try!

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    Jane — October 12, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    Ooo this looks amazing!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — October 12, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    This looks sooo good. I recently fell in love with making my own pizza, and will have to try this eventually. I bet figs would be a great addition!

    • Kristina replied: — October 13th, 2011 @ 11:36 am

      I’ve never worked with figs… I need to tackle them asap! They would be excellent on this pizza! :)

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    Kim Bee — October 12, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

    This looks so good. I love the combination of tastes here. I am a huge pizza fan so always fun to see what people put on theirs. Hope you have a great week.

    • Kristina replied: — October 13th, 2011 @ 11:37 am

      Thanks Kim- you too! Yes, it IS fun seeing what everyone uses… it definitely helps spark the creativity and keeps pizza from being the same old same old :)

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    Kelly — October 13, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    Wow this looks amazing!! What a fabulous pizza, love the addition of pear! :)

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    Nicole @ Once Upon A Timer — October 13, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Yum, that looks amazing!

    And I love Publix–probably my favorite thing about living in the South :)

    • Kristina replied: — October 13th, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

      ME TOO. It doesn’t get better than good ol’ Publix!

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    Elizabeth — October 13, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    I love you blog.. just stumbled across it, and will definitely stop by more often. These recipes look fantastic and I LOVE your curtain installation. Nice work Mrs.!

    http://www.southernelle.com

    • Kristina replied: — October 13th, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

      Well, welcome! Glad you stumbled across my little corner of the blogging world! :) Have a fabulous rest of your week!

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — October 14, 2011 @ 12:20 am

    I’m always on the prowl for different pizza toppings. So glad you shared this as it’s a perfect way to put my pears to use! Thank you!!

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