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Pizza with Carmelized Onions, Gorgonzola, Pears, and Walnuts

Traditional Turkish Tea Time!

My mom and me enjoying a traditional Turkish tea!

Last week was a tough week for me. It was hard to return to work after the excitement of our trip to Turkey, visiting with my Mom, and celebrating Valentine’s Day/my birthday.To ease the back-to-work-blues, I made lots of comfort food. This pizza might not be traditional, but it is warm and cheesy and the perfect balance of sweet/salty.

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I have yet to come across the perfect pizza dough recipe. I have tried several, but none seem to be worth the fuss (really, 24 hour rising time!?). Plus, my local pizza shop sells balls of dough for about $3. I top this pizza with arugula tossed in olive oil and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Not only is it delicious, but then it truly is a one dish dinner.

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I didn’t measure anything out, but went by sight instead. You can use shredded mozzarella for this, but the buffalo mozzarella melts so much better and is less oily, so if you can find it I definitely recommend spending a couple extra bucks on it.

You’ll need:

-Pizza dough

-Fresh mozzerella, thinly sliced

-Walnuts, crushed

-1 large onion, thinly sliced

-1 pear, thinly sliced

-Gorgonzola

-Arugula

-Olive oil, salt and pepper

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To make:

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat a generous glug of olive oil and a tbsp of butter over medium heat.

2. Thinly slice the onion and drop into the heated oil/butter. Sprinkle with salt and then let hang out to caramelize over medium-low heat, stirring only occasionally.

3.Lightly oil a tin foil covered baking sheet or pizza stone and roll out dough to desired thinness. Lightly oil and salt the dough.

4. Plop gorgonzola evenly over the pizza dough.

5. Spread onions evenly over dough.

6. Top with sliced mozzarella, pears, and walnuts.

7. Bake for 12 minutes.

8. Toss arugula in bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place right on top of pizza.

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Here’s a tip: To easily cut your pizza, use SCISSORS! It is much simpler and safer than struggling with a knife or even a pizza cutter. Plus, you don’t have to transfer your pizza to a cutting board, meaning one less dirty dish. Win!

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What’s your favorite pizza topping? And if you have a great recipe for pizza dough, please share!

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About chicsmarts

favorite curiosities: taxidermy, dia de los muertos, teacups, bbq, general oddities, three tier cakes, and anything that sparkles.

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