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Nov 17, 2019

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. 

Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza

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.

After making this apple and ham pizza, which was so delicious, I thought I'd play around with Asian pears on pizza! Way better than pineapple.

One of my favorite pears is the Asian pear. 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.

More about Asian pears:

Asian pears are also known as "apple pears" because of their shape. They are shaped like an apple, are very crisp like an apple, but a lot more juicy. They is so delicious chilled, sliced, and eaten fresh. It's a pretty amazing, albeit more expensive, fruit.

Asian pears are ripened on the tree, which is probably why they are often sold in little styrofoam "sweaters" to protect them while they are transported overseas.  

If you can't find Asian pears, Bosc pears would work well on this pizza. 

Asian Pear

Ingredients for this Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Pizza: 

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.

I used a mild smoked sausage for this pizza, but you can use a spicier sausage if you prefer. You could also use ham, prosciutto, pepperoni, or salami. Anything porky will work with the Asian pears.

Asian Pear Flatbread Pizza

How to make the flatbread dough:

This pizza dough is no knead. and ready for baking in two hours. First, you whisk together flour, yeast, salt, and a little bit of sugar. Next, you add some water and a bit of olive oil, and mix briefly with a spoon or your hands.

After that, let the dough rest for about 2 hours before shaping and topping. The recipe is easily doubled.

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.

Slices of Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza

I hope you give this Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza a try.... and be sure to check out more recipes from the For Our Dinner Table Group featuring pears for National Pear Day.

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Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza

Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza

Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza

Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza
Yield: 6 servings
This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza is both sweet and savory. The no knead dough is so easy to make as well.


For the 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
For the Pizza
  • 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


How to cook Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza

  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, heat 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.
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Asian pears, smoked sausage
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The pizza dough recipe was slightly adapted from Jim Lahey's My Bread.

This is an updated post from October, 2016.

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  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!

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

  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.

    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.

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

      wait until I spot them again! HA!

  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.

  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!

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

  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.

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

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

  8. No-knead dough is calling my name. The flavor combination of pear and sausage is, too. I might just have to put this on the menu this week!

    1. It's my "go to" flatbread dough. Super easy!! Thanks!

  9. Sounds wonderfully delicious Karen. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Can't go wrong with sweet and smokey pizza toppings!

  11. Pear on pizza!? Oh my, I never would have thought of this but now I want to try it. Asian pears are my favorite.

  12. Your flatbread crust looks absolutely delicious! Love that it is no-knead as well :)

    1. It's a great flatbread crust, and really easy.

  13. I love pears on pizza! I don't see Asian pears very often but Bosc are a favorite!

    1. Ooh, another pear lover. Bosc would be good on this pizza.

  14. I would eat the whole pie! The smokey sausage and sweet pears sound like a perfect pairing. Pun intended!! This could be dinner, appetizer, or a light lunch.

  15. I have lots of Asian pears from my trees. Because they are naturally grown, they range in sizes - I will sli ce some up and try this. I can't do just a half a pear- I need ounces.

  16. I actually did make this tonight being that my Asian Pear tree had a ton of pears and needed to find things to make with them. This sounded perfect on a rainy, yucky day. I do have my "go to" pizza dough recipe but - Jim Lahey inspired recipe, I will give it a try. This did not fit in a half-sheet pan. However, it did fit very nicely on my 10-inch pizza stone - nice and thin when stretched out prior to baking. I was going to cut dough in half and make two on my stone being that it would fit such a large pan but did not need to do that. I baked it at 476 degrees for about 20 minutes and it came out pretty darn good. The flavors were spot on - delicious!!!! The thyme and red onion are a great tie in. I am just confused - in the directions it mentions a pizza stone but the directions say to bake it on the pan. Not sure about that - but just on the stone is delicious!!!! You must try this.

    1. Great! I actually put the pan on the baking stone.


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