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Pear and Goat Cheese Pizza

Try something different this weekend with a pear and goat cheese pizza! It’s a scrumptious pear pizza with bacon, caramelized onions and candied walnuts.

pear and goat cheese pizza

This post is sponsored by USA Pears. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible!

I don’t know about you guys, but I have really embraced pears this fall!! I’ve always loved them, but I’ve been buying them in bulk lately. Not only are they sweet and delicious right now, they’re usually on sale. And they are full of fiber and let’s just say a few of my kids need all of the fiber they can get 😉

What’s your favorite thing to do with pears? Honestly, we usually just end up scarfing them down as soon as they’re ripe, but I’ve also made a pear galette and I’m thinking this weekend I might use some pears to do a crisp. Maybe with some salted caramel on top….so very fall, right!?

Anyway, this post was created in collaboration with USA Pears to celebrate the fact that October is National Pizza Month (US)! That’s a pretty great thing to celebrate, if you ask me. We eat pizza at least once a week – pretty much always homemade – but sometimes not. It’s something that my kids are guaranteed to eat!

So with this post, I’m encouraging you to try some fresh pears on your pizza this month!

What kind of pear should you use for a pear and goat cheese pizza?

Any! I picked up these red pears because I thought they were sooo pretty, and they were perfectly ripe! You could definitely use the yellow Bartlett pears or even Bosch pears. You just want to choose a pear that is slightly soft, yet still quite firm. Not a mushy one! You’ll need 1 pear for this pizza. 

What other ingredients are on this pizza?

Along with the pear, you’ll need:

  • 3 slices bacon
  • cinnamon
  • 1 onion, caramelized
  • handful of arugula
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • olive oil
  • candied walnuts

You’ll also need a pizza crust! I’ve included ingredients and instructions below for my favorite pizza crust method, but you can certainly use your own or even use a store-bought pizza crust. 

My homemade crust is only a few ingredients and will only take 5-10 minutes of active time. I encourage you to try it out!

pear and goat cheese pizza

To caramelize the onion, heat up a tablespoon of butter in a frying pan over medium heat, and once melted, add sliced onions to the pan and stir them around. Cook for about 30-40 minutes at low heat, stirring every now and then. Once the onions are a light brown color and have a nice caramelized fragrance, add a splash of stock or water and stir up the bits on the bottom of the pan. Allow the onions to cool.

How do you make a pear and goat cheese pizza?

Start by rolling out the prepared pizza dough. You’ll need to bake it an oven preheated to 425 F for 5-6 minutes, or until it begins puffing up slightly. If you’re using a pre-baked crust, you can skip this step. Brush the crust with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, then sprinkle on a half teaspoon of ground cinnamon. 

Add the caramelized onions, as well as the goat cheese. Place the pizza bake in the oven for 15 minutes. 

pear and goat cheese pizza

pear and goat cheese pizza

Remove the pizza once the edges are lightly browned and crisp, then add the crispy bacon bits, candied walnuts, and a handful of arugula. Drizzle on the balsamic reduction all over the pizza and serve immediately!

The pizza is best served warm, but we actually ate it once it was cold and it was still delicious! If you want to re-heat the pizza, just know that the arugula will get slightly wilty under the heat, so if you’re ok with that, go ahead and heat it in the microwave or on the stovetop, or pick off the arugula pieces.

I promise if you give this pizza a chance, you won’t regret it!

pear and goat cheese pizza

pear and goat cheese pizza

Some pizza recipes and other pear recipes from the blog you’ll enjoy:

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pear and goat cheese pizza

Pear and Goat Cheese Pizza


  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 pizza 1x

Description

Try something different this weekend with a pear and goat cheese pizza! It’s a scrumptious pear pizza with bacon, caramelized onions and candied walnuts.


Scale

Ingredients

Pizza Crust

  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1 1/8 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface/rolling

Pizza

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 onion, caramelized*
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 pear, sliced into 1/4” thick pieces
  • 3 slices bacon, fried then crumbled
  • 1/4 cup candied walnuts
  • handful arugula
  • 2 tsp balsamic reduction**

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pizza dough. If using a pre-baked crust, skip these steps and proceed to step 4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, stir together the warm water and yeast. Leave it for 5 minutes to allow it to foam up; if nothing happens, discard and try again with new yeast.
  2. Add the honey, olive oil, salt and all of the flour. Mix on medium-high until everything is combined, then set the mixer to high and mix (knead) for 5 minutes. The dough should pull away from the bowl. If it is sticking, add a few tablespoons of flour at a time. The dough is done when it is soft and bounces back when you poke it with a finger.Β Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a dishcloth, letting it rise for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  3. Make the pizza. Preheat the oven to 425 F. When ready to bake the pizza, punch the dough down and then turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll it out with a floured rolling pin, rolling it into a 11″ circle. Place it on to a pizza stone or a parchment-lined pizza pan. Place the pizza in the oven for 5-6 minutes and then remove.
  4. Brush the pizza with the olive oil, then sprinkle it with the ground cinnamon. Cover the pizza in caramelized onions, followed by crumbled goat cheese. Arrange the pear slices across the pizza. Place the pizza back into the oven for 15 minutes, or until the edges are browned. Remove the pizza, then top with the crumbled bacon, candied walnuts and arugula. Drizzle the balsamic reduction all over the pizza. Serve immediately!

Leftover pizza can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat the pizza in a frying pan on the stovetop over medium heat, with the lid on.

Notes

*For instructions on how to caramelize the onions, refer to above post text

**To make balsamic reduction, place 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow the vinegar to come to a boil, then turn down and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until it has reduced and thickened. Use immediately.

  • Category: pizza
  • Method: oven bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pear and goat cheese pizza // pear pizza goat cheese // walnut pizza // pear goat cheese arugula pizza

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12 Comments

  1. All my favorite ingredients on this pie Katherine! Love the pears. Such a delicious fall flavored pizza!

  2. There’s a local place that has a similar pizza and we LOVE it! And I bet this one is even better because it’s homemade…and given that it’s Friday what better treat than this? I could definitely eat my fair share of this beauty. Have a good one! XOXO

  3. Katherine, this sounds wonderful! Goat cheese and pears are a perfect match, and when you add that balsamic reduction, I cannot get enough! Perfect toppings for a pizza!

  4. Beautiful autumn twist. Pinned πŸ™‚

  5. This combination of flavors sounds incredible Katherine! I also happen to be making pizza for Sunday dinner this week and have everything (except maybe goat cheeseπŸ˜‚) so I am going to make it! Thank you for this delicious idea!

  6. The sight of this pizza makes me so happy! What a great flavor party, truly.

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