Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chicken, Pear and Blue Cheese Pizza

Recently Brady traveled to San Francisco for work and had a chicken and pear pizza at his hotel. I thought this sounded like a great combination and wanted to find a similar recipe to recreate. While the below pizza wasn't exactly like the one Brady had, we thought that it was awesome. I loved the combination of the sweet pear and salty blue cheese. This pizza was incredibly easy to throw together and can be made in the time it takes for you to wait for delivery.

Chicken, Pear and Blue Cheese Pizza
*** adapted from Prevention RD

Serves: 2-3
Prep/Cook Time: 25 minutes

Pizza dough- I recommend Trader Joes Wheat or Pillsbury
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup cooked chicken
1 medium pear, sliced
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup arugula

Preheat oven to recommended temperature for the dough you are using.

Roll out dough on a pizza pan that has been sprayed with PAM. Spoon 1 tsp olive oil on the dough and spread over the dough.  Bake the dough for 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, simmer the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat until thickened and reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

Remove pizza dough from the oven and sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella, chicken, pear, blue cheese and then top with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella. Bake an additional 10-12 minutes. Time may need to be adjusted depending on the brand of dough that you use. Just keep an eye on the pizza. The crust should be slightly brown and the cheese bubbly.

Remove the pizza from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with arugula and drizzle with the reduced balsamic vinegar.

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