Making pizza is easy, once you learn the trick. If you’re a beginner cook, don’t deal with pizza dough. Don’t buy it pre-made, roll out yourself. Don’t buy it pre-made, top it yourself. Just don’t do it. It’s a pain in the butt. Instead, I’ve learned, thanks to Pam Anderson, to use naan. Naan, an Indian flatbread, has flavor dimension and is already pre-cooked. All you have to do is preheat your oven, throw whatever you’d like on your naan, throw it in the oven, and eat. And once you’ve taken out the hassle of pizza dough you’re free to experiment with your pizza toppings. Try it with the traditional pizza sauce, but try it too with fruits, flavorful cheeses, olive oil and garlic, and fabulous herbs. Once you experiment at home you begin to learn what tastes fabulous together, what kind of quantities to use, and when the pizza is full and flavorful and ready to eat. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, or even a little guidance, try this Pear & Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions. It’s perfect for spring, fabulous for a full meal, and delightful as an appetizer.
Pear and Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions
Serves 4 as an appetizer, 2 as a main course
If you’ve never caramelized an onion before, the first time is a little worrisome. You feel like you’re going to burn it! Just keep the onion moving, add more olive oil if it starts to crisp up, and if it isn’t turning the desired golden brown, add some more sugar or a splash of balsamic vinegar.
Small onion, halved and sliced thinly
3 tablespoon olive oil, separated
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 pieces naan
1 pear, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
6 ounces premium goat cheese, crumbled
salt and ground black pepper
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a small pan on medium-high heat. Add onion and sugar and cook until caramelized, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from pan.
Drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil on each piece of naan, brushing to coat, if desired. Sprinkle with pears, caramelized onion, and goat cheese. Bake 10 minutes, or until goat cheese starts to turn golden brown.