Every so often, I need pizza...I NEED pizza. Every so often, I NEED blue cheese...and boy, did I need me some blue cheese! Thus, this solution was borne of complete glutenous desire. Truth be told it's not really my fault; this desire for blue cheese. It must be genetic. My sister and I've got the bug and I know my cousin Charles is a complete Blauschimmelkäse Teufel (total fiend) and the rest of the family is highly suspect. Last Thursday night this house was in need of comfort food, easy peasy comfort food and I had pizza dough. Well, my dear friends and family, without further adieu, I give you...
Pear Au Bleu Pizza
(with apple wood bacon, caramelized onions and arugula)
4 strips Bacon (cooked and crumbled) *I prefer thick cut apple wood bacon
1 pat Butter (optional)
1 Onion (chopped)
1 Trader Joe's Pizza Dough
4 tablespoons Pesto Sauce
1 tablespoon Garlic (minced)
6-8oz Mozzarella Cheese (shredded or grated)
4-6oz Blue Cheese (crumbled)
4-6 Bosc Pears (thinly sliced)
Cook bacon and drain excess grease off pan (wipe out dark bits but not completely); crumble bacon and set aside. Melt butter optional. Caramelize chopped onions until clear and golden brown; pour off any excess liquid.
Take either purchased (or home made) pizza dough and stretch to a 12 inch flat round disc. Brush pesto sauce over pizza dough leaving approximately 1 inch bare edge. Take half of the mozzarella cheese and combine with minced garlic; spread over the dough. Add caramelized onions in thin layer on top. Thinly slice pears and layer in a circular pattern covering the pizza dough. Combine the remainder of the mozzarella cheese with
Bake in 400' oven for 20-25 minutes or until dough is golden and cheese bubbly.
Place arugula in the center (pile) of pizza. Cut and serve.
Wine suggestion: Rose or ?
Enjoy my 'bleu heaven'