Well I hope you are all staying warm out there. I’m not sure about where you are, but it’s fuhreezing here in Ohio. I think it’s a global thing, I mean I saw a picture of frozen palm trees in Florida… yikes! Luckily I didn’t have anywhere to go today and had all of these ingredients in my fridge. I kinda like those days when I’m forced to stay home and get creative with what’s in my fridge. I just happened to have these delicious ingredients on hand.
I threw the pears in a skillet and then sautéed them with some red wine + maple syrup and allspice. Toward the end, I added some chopped fennel to the skillet. I placed the pears + fennel on top of a generous amount of arugula, dollops of almond ricotta and finished with pomegranate seeds. That’s it! Easy, right? Don’t forget about the delicious part.
My initial idea was to make this a deep dish pizza, but one wasn’t going to be enough for my whole family, so it ended up as one deep dish and one thin crust. I’m kinda glad it turned out that way so I could have the opportunity to try both. I think I preferred the deep dish, but if thin crust is your thang, you’ll love it! Stay warm my friends- and help someone who is living outside. I can’t even imagine what it’s like when I am sitting here with cold hands in my nice, warm house. Donate a blanket or an old coat you haven’t worn in years. Hand out gloves, hats, warm socks, boots, and scarves. Let’s all help one another and show love any way we can. You never know if it will save someone’s life.
Winter Pear Pizza
- 1-2 pears
- 1-2 tsp allspice
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup red wine
- pizza crust (see homemade recipe below)
- 3/4 cup fennel (chopped)
- olive oil
- almond ricotta
- pomegranate seeds
Make your crust according to package directions. If you're making homemade crust, see my recipe here. Otherwise heat the oven to 375 degrees
In a medium skillet, add about 1 tsp olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add your sliced pears, sprinkle with allspice and pepper (to taste) and drizzle maple syrup over each slice. Let those sauté for a few minutes until the bottoms start to turn golden brown
**NOTE: I used 2 tbsp on one side and then the other 2 tbsp once I flipped the pears
Add the wine and let it sauté an additional few minutes, then flip the pears and repeat steps (sprinkle with allspice, pepper, and drizzled maple syrup)
**NOTE: the wine and will start to become syrup-like and sticky, that's a good sign and when you should turn off the heat
Take the crust out of the oven, add toppings and pears and eat!
**NOTE: you can also place back in the oven for a few minutes after all toppings are added.
I don't provide measurements for some of the toppings because making a pizza can be a different and individualized activity for everyone. Add as much or as little as you desire and have fun with it! 🙂