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Pear Gorgonzola and Walnut Mini Pizza
Great flavor combo.
4 to 6 servings
45 to 60 minutes
10 to 15 minutes
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 (2-1/4 tsp.) package Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)
1/4 cup Mazola® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons diced red onion
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Mazola® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 ripe Bartlett, Bosc OR D'Anjou pear, cored, quartered and thinly sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Combine flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add very warm water (120° to 130°F) to flour mixture and mix on low speed of electric mixer for 1 minute. Add olive oil and mix until thoroughly combined; mix until dough forms a ball and does not stick to sides of bowl. Transfer dough to lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Shape the dough into a ball, and trasfer to a lightly oiled bowl; turn once to coat. Cover loosely and let rest in a warm place until doubled in size; about 45 to 60 minutes.
Combine vinaigrette ingredients and set aside.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Punch down the dough and cut into two pieces and spread onto a lightly floured work surface.
Press or roll dough into 8 x 10-inch ovals approximately 1/2-inch thick. Place side by side on a large oiled baking sheet. (Sprinkle sheet with cornmeal for added texture, if desired.)
Evenly distribute the toppings leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges. Drizzle each pizza with some of the vinaigrette.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until edges are browned. (Pizzas can also be baked on a pizza stone or grill.)