Pear + Prosciutto Pizza
Pizza. Do I really need to say more? I loved it as a child, took a judgmental break from it while I was in college, and have thankfully come full circle, and love it once again. Pizza gets a bad rap due to the grease and empty calories that can sometimes come along with it. However, it doesn't have to be smothered in empty-calorie ingredients, or make you feel like you're going to be sick after eating a slice or two more than you promised yourself (don't worry, we all do it).
If I remember correctly, pizza was the first thing my husband and I cooked together when we were dating. I neither excelled at, or was a fan of cooking. So you can imagine my surprise and shock when it turned out to be not only edible, but delicious! I remember thinking at that moment, "We may actually survive together..." Fast forward 6 years and here we are, still alive, all thanks to pizza. And although that is a slight exaggeration, it does have a special place in my heart and on my plate.
One of my favorite things about making my own pizza is how versatile it is. This will most likely be one of many pizza posts, because there are so many different ways to mix it up! Lately, I've been trying to play around with vegetables and fruits that are in season, so pears were an obvious choice. I think it's a rule somewhere that they have to go with gorgonzola cheese, but I'm sure they'd pear (get it?!) really well with goat cheese too! 😉🍐
I'd barely heard of persimmons when I saw them in the grocery store. I honestly thought they were just little orange tomatoes. I bought them just to see what they were like and when I cut into one, I was really surprised by them (because I also thought they would have the texture/consistency of tomatoes). One of my friends, who also happens to be an amazing chef, told me that persimmons paired really well with prosciutto. So, I decided to get experimental and dice them up to throw on this pizza as well!
Both pears and persimmons contain antioxidants, are great for digestive health, and support our immune systems! I would consider this more of an appetizer pizza. It's a little on the sweet side and is so delicious!
*Side note, this is not the Diaz Original, as my husband likes to call it. Since he is usually the one who makes the pizza he didn't want me to "steal" his recipe, but said he'd be happy to write a guest post one day... We'll see about that.
What are some of your favorite pizza toppings?