Instead of making a classic pizza, one with traditional toppings, why not go gourmet? When I was living in Germany back in the ‘70s I had friends who spent all of their leisure time exploring gourmet restaurants to refine their tastes. Our family was out exploring neighboring countries. Not that we didn’t eat well, but “gourmet” at that time meant high sophistication and elite tastes. Gourmands were a distinct, select group who were equated with wealth. But times have changed. Today, the demand for good quality and a variety of foods from around the world has dramatically changed the way we cook. Many of those unheard of or unattainable food items of the past are now both available and affordable.
This recipe, however, does not include any exotic food items. No need to go to a specialty store. Everything is as near as your market. You might have most of the ingredients at home now! So get out your Grillet, get yourself out of the “classic” pizza mind set and try this gourmet version. Because be it labeled “classic” or “gourmet,” the best recipe is one that celebrates the love of good food!
1 ready-made pizza dough, at room temperature
1 tbsp olive oil
8 oz mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 firm pear, diced
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 oz prosciutto, torn into bite size pieces
Mixed salad greens with blue cheese dressing.
In the Grillet, combine the butter, water, brown sugar, pear and walnuts and saute for 3-4 minutes or until mixture begins to caramelize. Set aside to cool. Wipe pan clean.
Spread the olive oil in the pan and preheat to 350º F. Gently turn and stretch the pizza dough until it is the correct size and carefully place in the bottom of the Grillet (I used about ¾ of the dough).
Cover and cook for 8 minutes; remove lid and flip the crust to the other side. Place shredded or sliced mozzarella on crust followed by the apple and walnut mixture. Sprinkle the crumbled Gorgonzola lightly on top. Cover and cook for an additional 9-11 minutes.
With a couple of spatulas, remove pizza from pan and add prosciutto.
Top with the mixed greens or if you prefer, place salad on the side.
Over to You
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