A goat cheese pizza becomes extraordinary with the addition of pear caramelized onion. Try this recipe to find out for yourself!
Having a husband who's sometimes pickier about his food that my children means that pizza is a staple in our diet, something that we eat a few times a month.
Most of the time, I like to make ours from scratch. I like the experience of kneading and stretching the dough by hand. I love baking the pizza to a perfect crisp on a baking stone. The base of any good pizza is definitely the dough.
Most of all, though, I love being able to get creative with the toppings. After you create the perfect crust, the toppings are what make it something special. Many a night, our toppings are simply a good sauce topped with melty, stringy mozzarella and perhaps some fragrant fresh basil. Remember, I live in the land of picky eaters. I love a classic plain pizza but sometimes I need to jazz things up.
There are a few rare nights when I have the kitchen to myself. Oh, and on those nights, glorious pizza toppings appear. Crusty pizza topped with herbs, cured meats, crisp vegetables and as my husband says, "funky cheese." For him, anything other than mozzarella enters the realm of "funky."
For this pizza, I topped the perfect crust with balsamic caramelized onions the meld perfectly with the sweetness of the pears while the savory, creamy goat cheese brings it all together to make this pizza far from boring. My husband certainly turned his nose up at it. Fruit on a pizza? Way outside his comfort zone and boy, did he miss out.
As for my girls, they inhaled it. I hope as they grow up they'll outgrow the pickiness that comes with toddlerhood and have my more adventurous palate. Watching them gobble up this grown-up pizza allowed me to catch a glimmer of their foodie futures and it looks bright. This pizza dough is the perfect balance of chewy inside while crisp outside.
Once topped with these exquisite toppings, this pizza becomes something extraordinary.