pear, bacon and gorgonzola flatbread.
This recipe was a grand experiment.
My hypothesis was it would be fabulous, given the control group ingredients – pear, bacon, gorgonzola, and mascarpone cheeses.
I was, indeed, correct.
Nearly all these items were already in my fridge, begging to be put to use, with the exception of the mascarpone cheese which I had bought for a tiramisu and still had a little leftover. If you haven’t cooked with it before, mascarpone is the sweet Italian version of our cream cheese. Delish. I’ll give you a few more ideas for how to use it a little later this week, if you decide to buy it for this recipe.
Looking for other ways to use your gorgonzola? Here are several suggestions:
Pear, Bacon and Gorgonzola Flatbread
(serves 4 for a light dinner, maybe with a salad. otherwise serves 8 as an appetizer.)
A quick note – I served this as dinner anticipating that it would more be like a pizza. It was phenomenal, and I called it a flatbread here because it was light on the cheese. If you want to make it a heartier pizza, I would suggest adding a little mozzarella on top of the mascarpone and add the pear, bacon and gorgonzola.
What You’ll Need:
1 pizza dough (I prefer the wheat dough from Trader Joes)
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, softened
1 pear, sliced thin
4 strips cooked bacon, chopped (I refer turkey bacon but the real stuff would be amazing too)
1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
Preheat oven to 450F.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough into desired thickness. (I tried rolling it super thin but found it a bit tricky with the pre-made dough). Spread mascarpone cheese over dough, then top with pear, bacon and gorgonzola cheese.
Bake on a rimmed baking sheet* for 12-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted, bacon is sizzling and the dough is cooked through.
*Updated note: some readers have indicated that between the mascarpone cheese and the bacon their smoke alarms were put to the test. I think using a rimmed baking sheet would likely help, as would making sure your bacon is cooked and a lot of the fat already removed.
TOTAL: $5.78 or $1.44 per serving.
Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs? Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.
408 calories per serving (based on using turkey bacon)
15 grams of fat
19 grams protein
6 grams fiber
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