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Edgy Veggie – Red Pear, Roasted Pecan, & Chèvre Pizza

Edgy Veggie - Red Pear, Roasted Pecan, & Chèvre Pizza

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I get a lot of my kitchen inspiration from restaurants. A well developed menu tells a complex tale when you look between the lines. There are questions that can only be answered through experience, and the secret password to get there is always “I’ll try the…”

The most recent restaurant in my neck of the woods to really inspire me is Nick’s Third Floor, located downtown St. Cloud, MN. They have this apple and bleu cheese flatbread that is just insane, it caught me totally off-guard in a good way. Nick’s is a relatively new, innovative restaurant in a unique building slightly older than the oldest person living on Earth today. Most importantly, they follow one of the same principles I follow in my kitchen: Buy Local, Whenever Possible.

This can be a real challenge, especially when it comes to produce in the upper midwest. We’re very lucky to have a wide variety of local, seasonal fruits and vegetables in the summer and early fall, but the winter and early spring are slim pickins. In the following recipe, I used local goat cheese and pizza crust as a foundation. The rest of the ingredients are from the US, but not local.

This recipe makes two pizzas, because if you only make one, you’ll be wishing there was another waiting for you after the first one gets devoured. I suggest making this recipe at home alone the first time, so you don’t have to share. This is pizza, but it doesn’t follow the old template of red sauce and cheese. Consider this an appetizer, masquerading as a desert, that desperately wants to be the main dish. And it’s easy!

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Great meals start with great ingredients.

 

Ingredients

Step 1: Preheat oven to 450° Fahrenheit. Be careful not to preheat your oven to 450° Celsius (842° Fahrenheit), as your oven would turn into lava and melt through the floor. 

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Step 2: Toast Pecans – around 5 minutes. I suggest doing this any time you’re about to have company over. Your home will smell like an Elvish bakery on Christmas.

 

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Every pizza is like a beautiful snowflake.

Step 3: Arrange your pear slices to evenly cover the crust. Extra credit: Analyze the pear slice pattern you’ve created to determine whether you’re an Abstract or Concrete thinker.

Step 4: Crumble Chèvre to cover the crust. If your analysis from Step 3 lead you to the conclusion that you are, in fact, a Concrete thinker, this step may cause you some strife. It’s sticky. Don’t panic. 

Step 5: Add toasted pecans. You will probably sneak a few, make sure to find a plausible scapegoat. I, for one, blamed my cat. 

Step 6: Add red onion slices. Don’t overdo it, just add enough so 2-3 onions are on each slice.

Step 7: Place pizza in oven. Bake 8-10 minutes. Try not to peek. I dare ya. Remove from the oven when golden brown and all delicious looking.

Step 7: Place pizza in oven. Bake 8-10 minutes. Try not to peek. I dare ya. Remove from the oven when golden brown and all delicious looking.

Step 8: Drizzle. Lightly drizzle honey over the hot pizza. Give it a minute to settle and warm, then slice.

Edgy Veggie - Red Pear, Roasted Pecan, & Chèvre Pizza @ CobornsBlog.com
Just drizzle, set and slice. Ain’t that nice?

Step 9: Eat. Don’t forget to tell us in the comments if you tried this recipe! 

Edgy Veggie - Red Pear, Roasted Pecan, & Chèvre Pizza
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Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. Crumbled Chèvre (Goat Cheese)
  • 2 Prebaked Thin Crust Pizza Crusts
  • 2 Red Pears - Cored & Thinly Sliced
  • ½ Medium Red Onion - Thinly Sliced
  • ¼ Cup Pecan Halves
  • 2 Tbsp. Organic Honey
Instructions
  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 450° Fahrenheit.
  2. Step 2: Toast Pecans - around 5 minutes.
  3. Step 3: Arrange your pear slices to evenly cover the crust.
  4. Step 4: Crumble Chèvre to cover the crust.
  5. Step 5: Add toasted pecans.
  6. Step 6: Add red onion slices. 2-3 onion slices per pizza slice.
  7. Step 7: Place pizza in oven. Bake 8-10 minutes until crust is golden brown.
  8. Step 8: Drizzle. Lightly drizzle honey over hot pizza. Give it a minute to settle and warm, then slice.
  9. Step 9: Eat. Don't forget to tell us in the comments if you tried this recipe!

 

-Andrew
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Coborn’s, Inc.

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