Who doesn’t love pizza for dinner? I think there aren’t many people that don’t enjoy a yummy, cheesy, comforting pizza. I enjoy making pizza at home for a couple reasons. One reason being that I can control the amount of fat and sodium that goes into my pie and the second reason … because it’s fun!
The other night I made a prosciutto, crispy sage and pear pizza. Instead of mozzarella cheese, I chose fontina. I also used marinara sauce instead of traditional pizza sauce.
I sautéd garlic in olive oil for about 30 seconds until the garlic was fragrant.
I removed the garlic from the pan immediately, set it aside and added minced sage into the same pan, sautéing it for a little over a minute and turned off the heat. The sage crisped up nicely and made a nice touch for this pizza.
I let me pizza dough rise for 20 minutes on a lightly floured bread board. (I use pizza dough that I buy at Trader Joe’s). I did nothing more to the dough than sprinkle sea salt on it before baking. Baking my crust for for 8-10 minutes before adding any toppings allows my pizza crust to get a little crispier. After the 8-10 minutes of pre-baking my crust, I remove it from the oven and let it sit for a minute before building my pizza.
I started with jarred marinara sauce. Next, I added fontina cheese that I had shredded. On top of that, I laid prosciutto that I had cut into strips. (I used four pieces of prosciutto that I had stacked and cut into pieces.) After the prosciutto, I added my garlic and crispy sage to the pizza. Slices of pear were placed on top of the pizza before sprinkling diced red onion. For a finishing touch, I added a sprinkling of crushed red pepper.
I baked my pizza for 13 minutes. The crust was thin and crispy … just the way I like it. Definitely give this pizza recipe a try! It was fantastic.
fresh pizza dough
marinara sauce (as much or as little as you like … I used 1 cup
4 ounces prosciutto, cut into strips
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped sage
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 pear, sliced
1-1/2 cups fontina cheese, shredded
1/8 cup flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt (for sprinkling crust)
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Set dough out to rise on a floured bread board.
- Form dough on pizza pan and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake dough in a preheated 425 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.
- Heat olive oil in small sauté pan.
- Sauté garlic for 30 seconds, just until fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside.
- In same pan, sauté sage for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Turn off heat and let sage sit in pan. It will become crispy.
- Spread marinara sauce on pre-baked crust.
- Sprinkle cheese on pizza.
- Add prosciutto, garlic, sage, sliced pear and red onion to pizza.
- Sprinkle pizza with crushed red pepper flakes.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, until cheese is melted.
Until next time, Kris