Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza

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One of Michael and my first dates back in was at California Pizza Kitchen. I remember us sitting at the table going through the menu and trying to figure out a pizza we could split. (Splitting is big with 22 year olds…) Anyway, I remember Michael suggesting the Pear and Gorgonzola pizza and I was totally impressed on how refined his palate was. (Again, I was 22…) I guess I was use to guys that just wanted a pizza with a lot of cheese and meat. Anyway, we enjoyed our pizza over great conversation and lots giggling. We were also sitting on the same side of the booth at that time too. Alas, that was a few  years ago now (wink) and while we rarely sit on the same side of the booth we still enjoy this pizza together.

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Ingredients:

Pizza Dough (homemade or Trader’s Joe’s pre made dough)

Pear & Gorgonzola Dressing (Trader Joe’s)

1 pear sliced thin

1/2 cup Gorgonzola

1 onion sliced

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Mixed Greens Salad tossed in desired dressing

Directions:

Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Reduce what to medium heat and continue to cook stirring often until golden and fully caramelized. Set aside

Over a flour surface roll out pizza dough. Place pizza on a pizza stone and spread pear and gorgonzola dressing on the dough. Sprinkle mozzarella on top and then layer the pears on top. Sprinkle the gorgonzola on top. Bake at 375 degree’s for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning on the edges. Remove from oven and top with mixed green salad if desired. Enjoy!

Thai Peanut Pizza

I have made this recipe for years and I really love it for entertaining or just a simple dinner at home. It can be a great appetizer if cut into smaller portions as well. I always wrestle with rolling out the pizza dough perfectly. The good news is it doesn’t have to look perfect it just has to taste really good – which it does. Enjoy!

This is the dressing I use as the sauce. Its so delicious and you can find it at Trader Joes along with a great pre-made pizza dough. ;)

Ingredients:

1 package pizza dough or homemade pizza dough (I get mine at Trader Joe’s but I’ve made it from scratch before too)

1 jar spicy peanut dressing (I used Trader Joe’s Brand)

1 cup shredded mozzarella

¼ cup sliced green nions

¼ cup shredded carrots

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 ripe avocado diced

1 cooked chicken breast diced

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees

Roll out pizza dough on a floured service. Place dough on a pizza stone that has been warming in the oven.  Bake pizza dough for 5 minutes and then remove from the oven. (This helps to crisp up the bottom of the dough). Top with peanut dressing, mozzarella, green onions, carrots, cilatro and chicken breast. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown on the edges. Take out of the oven and let cool. Add avocado on top. Crack some salt and pepper on top to taste. Enjoy!

International Pizza

In many other countries, hard boiled eggs are a common ingredient in almost any quick meal such as pizza, sandwiches, salads etc. In the States however, hard boiled eggs aren’t seen quite as much. This pizza was devised by myself and my brother after his recent return from Brazil and my trip to Paris where hard cooked eggs are used a lot. Bahian Pizza is the inspiration for this recipe and is named after a state in Brazil that is known for its vibrant culture, music and people. We combined forces and came up with this super satisfying pizza. Bon Apetit and Bon Apeite.

Fresh Packaged Pizza Dough (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)

3/4 cup marinara Sauce

1 cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese

3 Sliced Hard Cooked Eggs

1 Large Yellow Onion – sliced in half moons

1/2 cup Soy Chorizo or Regular Chorizo

Sour Cream to dot on top

Take onion and saute it with olive oil until brown and caramelized. Set aside.

Sprinkle Flour on a clean surface and place pizza dough in the center. Flour your rolling pin and roll out pizza dough until round and thin. In the meantime, turn on oven to 400 degrees and place a pizza stone (if you have one) inside to get hot. If you don’t have a pizza stone a regular cookie sheet will do. Let the oven preheat for 10 minutes and then place your pizza dough on a pizza peel that has been spread with a layer of cornmeal (so that the pizza can slide easily onto the hot pizza stone). If at all possible you want to keep the pizza stone in the oven so that it stays hot and crisps up the pizza dough. Bake the pizza dough for 10 minutes until crispy. Remove pizza dough with the pizza peel (can be tricky but I recommend using tongs to help you get it back in the pizza peel). Top the pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, sliced eggs and caramelized onions. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and getting slightly crisp and brown on top.

Remove from oven and let cool. Cut and serve with a small dollop of sour cream on each piece.

*Note. Why soy chorizo? If you get the right brand, its actually super tasty and I’m always looking for a way to cut down on meat if doesn’t mean cutting down on taste.

Simple Gorgonzola, Cherry Tomato and Sage Pizza

This pizza has a really delicious depth of flavor and is one of Michael’s favorite pizzas that I do. I always love to hear his reactions when he takes the first bite of something I make. I can always tell if its a home run or just “eh.” His comments range from, “OHMYGOSH! This is so amazing! Remember this recipe honey. This is delicious. (general eating sounds)”

to

“Huh. Its good…I think maybe it needs salt? I mean… don’t get me wrong honey, its interesting for sure…”

to

“Mmmmmmmm….Wow…..this is….Mmmmmmm”

He cracks me up. He has the worst poker face and actually does not have the ability to lie so its great feedback for me. Anywho, I hope you enjoy!

Simple Gorgonzola, Cherry Tomato and Sage Pizza

1 Prepared Pizza Dough*

Tuscan Italian Dressing*

Gorgonzola Crumbles

Shredded Mozzarella

Diced Shallot

Halved Cherry tomatoes

Chopped Sage

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pizza stone in the oven to warm.

Roll out pizza dough on a flour surface. Place pizza dough in oven for 10 minutes to crisp on stone before adding toppings. Take pizza out of oven and top with creamy tuscan dressing, mozzarella, gorgonzola, cherry tomatoes, shallots and sage. Bake for 10 minutes and then cut and serve.

*I buy the fresh pizza dough at Trader Joe’s. Its costs about $1.50 and is super easy to use and is delicious!

*I use the Tuscan Italian Dressing from Trader Joes . If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s then any creamy balsamic  dressing will do.