FRIDAY!!! YES!!!!! Well, I am working tomorrow morning anyways but still. I always think that people are in a better mood when the weekend is hours away so I still get excited about it.
Last night I was in the mood for pizza. I didn’t want anything that was too heavy so I nixed the double dough cheese pizza idea. I decided to browse through a few magazines and blend some recipes together. What I am came up with was nothing short of food heaven. I am the pickiest eater and yet I forced myself to step outside my comfort zone and try something different. However what’s different for me may be just everyday food for others! Make this.. my taste buds thanked me and I know yours will too.
Ingredients for Pear and Arugula Pizza:
1 – 6″ pizza crust of your choice (I used whole wheat but anything will work. I also bought a 12″ pizza crust and split it in half)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup provolone cheese (goat cheese would taste fantastic too)
1 cup arugula
1/2 pear sliced thin
3 thinly sliced pieces of prosciutto (completely optional)
3/4 cup sweet onion
dash of pepper
balsamic to your liking!
1. Preheat over to 425*
2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Add onion and saute’ for roughly 8 minutes until browned
3. Place pizza crust on baking sheet.
4. Add the sauteed onions
5. Sprinkle with cheese
6. Add the pear slices
7. Finally the prosciutto and a bit of pepper
8. Bake at 425* for 10 minutes.
9. While baking, add balsamic vinegar to arugula. I added about two tsps. but feel free to add more if you desire!
10. Remove from oven and top with arugala. EAT!!!
The sweet and salty mix of this pizza was perfect. I kept thinking about how weird of a combo pears, cheese, and onions were but it works. The caramelized onions and pears give the pizza just enough sweet while the cheese and prosciutto bring the salt. I am shocked to discover that arugula actually tastes good. I have never liked ”lettuce-y” type foods but this is almost sweet. Arugula is packed with vitamins and phytochemicals (function to fight off disease!). How lame am I to not have tried it before? I don’t think I am ready to have an arugula salad on its own but the few leaves were a great step in the right direction.
Pizza = Heaven