caramelized onion, arugula + pear pizza

Crisp pears and fresh arugula make for a perfect salad-style pizza combination. We prefer Bartlett pears for this recipe but you can substitute with any pear variety you like.

1 dough ball (1/4 of 1 recipe)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small onion, thinly sliced
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Flour, for dusting
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1 Bartlett pear, thinly sliced
Fresh baby arugula, for serving

  1. Remove dough from refrigerator at least 1 hour before you use. Dough is much easier to form at room temperature. At same time you’re pulling out dough, place your Baking Steel on top rack in oven. Preheat oven to 500°F. 
  2. In a medium sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions cook until caramelized, stirringly occasionally, 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. After 1 hour, turn oven temperature to broil.
  4. Dust a pizza peel with flour.
  5. Dust hands with flour and remove dough from container. Place dough gently over knuckles and allow pizza crust to form, turning slowly, as it stretches down. Do this for a few minutes until it stretches out into a nice, round shape. Place on prepared pizza peel and continue to stretch into a circle if needed.
  6. Drizzle a thin layer of olive oil on bottom of pizza. Scatter blue cheese and caramelized onions evenly around dough, leaving about 1 inch around outside edge. Carefully transfer pizza onto Baking Steel, close oven, and set a timer for 2 minutes.
  7. After 2 minutes, turn oven temperature back to 500°F. Open oven, carefully pull out rack with pizza, and place pear slices on top. Close oven and set a timer for another 2 minutes. Remove pizza, or continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes if needed. Scatter arugula over top, drizzle with olive oil and serve warm.

Makes 1 pizza.

cook’s note: It’s best not to add the arugula until after the pizza is cooked and out of the oven. The arugula will wilt slightly once placed on the warm pizza.