Oct 23, 2016

Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza

This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza is both sweet and savory. The no knead dough is so easy to make as well. 


This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza is both sweet and savory. The no knead dough is so easy to make as well.

This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza also includes red onions tossed in fresh thyme and olive oil, all baked on a bed of Fontina cheese.

One of my favorite pears is the Asian pear. It is shaped like an apple, is very crisp like an apple, but a lot more juicy. It is so delicious chilled, sliced, and eaten fresh. It's a pretty amazing, albeit more expensive, fruit.

This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza is both sweet and savory. The no knead dough is so easy to make as well.

I'm lucky to live in an area where these pears are easy to find, especially in the fall. When I find an abundance of them, I buy several, as they keep very well in the refrigerator.

I used Fontina cheese for this pizza. It is a delicious and creamy cheese that is so melty! You could also use Harvarti or Gruyere with this flatbread.

This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza is both sweet and savory. The no knead dough is so easy to make as well.

I used a mild smoked sausage for this pizza, but you can use a spicier sausage if you prefer. You could also use ham.

The pizza dough is no knead, and ready for baking in two hours after a quick mix with a spoon or your hands. When I made this pizza, I doubled the dough recipe, and made a second flatbread topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Both were delicious fresh from the oven, and made great leftovers, including breakfast. I like to sprinkle on some crushed red pepper just before serving.

I hope you give this Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza a try.

Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza Recipe

Ingredients


Crust


  • 250 grams (about 1 3/4 cups plus) bread flour
  • 5 grams (1 1/4 tsp) instant yeast
  • 2.5 grams (3/8 tsp) salt
  • 1.5 grams (generous 3/8 tsp) sugar
  • 150 grams (2/3 cup) room temperature water
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Topping


  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces Fontina cheese, grated
  • 1/2 large Asian pear, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces smoked sausage, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients for the crust together in a medium bowl. Add the water and mix it into the dough with a dough whisk or your hands until all of the flour is incorporated, no more than a minute. I had to add just a little bit more water. 
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit until doubled, about 2 hours. 
  3. About an hour before baking time, preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. If you have a baking stone, place it on the middle rack. 
  4. Toss the sliced onion in the thyme, salt and pepper, and olive oil. Set aside. 
  5. When the dough is ready, drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a half sheet pan and spread it with your hands to coat the pan. 
  6. Place the dough in the half sheet pan, and stretch it out to a long column to fit the middle of the pan. With your fingertips, begin to press the dough to the sides of the pan. This may take awhile. When the dough resists your efforts, let it rest for a bit while you grate the cheese and slice the onions and pears. Eventually, your dough should just about cover the entire pan. 
  7. Evenly top the crust with the Fontina cheese, making sure it covers the crust from edge to edge. 
  8. Evenly sprinkle the onion and thyme mixture over the cheese. 
  9. Place the pear slices on top of the onion mixture, followed by the sliced sausage. 
  10. Bake the pizza for 25 to 30 minutes, until everything begins to turn golden and the crust begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Dough recipe slightly adapted from Jim Lahey's My Bread.

This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza is both sweet and savory. The no knead dough is so easy to make as well.

14 comments:

  1. First of all, this pizza looks DIVINE. Excellent work Karren!:) Second, we only tried asian pear once, and we thought this was a strange apple (which also tasted like a pear) :):) We think it'll be totally different on a pizza though, so we'll give it one more chance:)
    Thank you for the yummy recipe dear!
    xoxo

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    1. It is a very different pear for sure! Thanks so much!!!

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  2. do you know I've never had Asian pear? Now you got me very curious, what a nice combination of flavors, so unusual!

    note to self: Find Asian Pears. Buy. Repeat.

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    1. A bosc would work here, but Asian pears are fantastic. They come in their own clothes too, little net jackets to keep them from getting bruised.

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    2. I"ve seen them for sale many times here - never knew what to do with them...

      wait until I spot them again! HA!

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  3. What a great way to jazz up flatbread!! I love Asian pears and combining them with sausage is a riff on one of the great combos (apples/pears and sausage) - almost like a Thanksgiving stuffing on a flatbread.

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  4. Karen, this looks delicious! I use Asian pear in so much of my cooking too. It's so sweet and juicy and refreshing. I love this sweet and savory combination of the Asian pear and sausage. Can't wait to try it!

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    1. It's such a wonderful fruit, isn't it? I love that it comes in its own clothes too =)

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  5. Love this flatbread idea! I would've never thought of the pear/sausage combo, but it sounds amazing. Can't wait to try it.

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  6. I've never really used Asian Pear for hearty dishes! This looks incredible! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Cheers,
    Kiki

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  7. This looks so good! I love the combination of pear and smoked sausage! Can't wait to try this one!

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