Yeah, you don’t have to tell me how corny I am, this I know.
What’s funny is that I honestly don’t even know the words to this song or even particularly like it that much, but when I had this idea I was like “That’s it, that’s totally what I’m making for my last song-inspired recipe!” In case you missed my last few posts this week, I’ve been doing recipes inspired by classic Christmas songs because I’m a weirdo like that.
Okay, let me just say……Merry Christmas Eve you guys!!!!! I know you’re probably all super busy today, because I know how busy I am too, so I think I’ll keep this short. I have really mixed feelings about Christmas being here already and the holiday season being almost over; I’m excited of course, but then I’m kind of sad that it will be over soon, relieved that all the rush will be passed, slightly anxious about the unknowns of the new year, ready to make some mega healthy new year’s resolution foods, and crazy enough to be glad I have a whole year to plan for next year’s holiday season.
Clearly my mind is not a place you’d want to enter, but I’m sure you’re having at least one or two of these emotions right? You know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking pizza is a pretty darn good way to deal with certain life problems. Well, maybe not so much deal with them as forget them. Eghh, same difference.
So, obviously you don’t have to make this into a tree shape. In fact, this is one of my favorite pizza flavors that I make all year long. The only differences are that I’ve never added craisins before, I thought that would be a nice little festive touch, and then the pecans are something special I included for the holidays. I usually use walnuts instead because you can’t buy pecans in Chile for some reason, isn’t that lame? I keep a small stash of them for special occasions though and I can’t think of anything more special than Christmas time food, plus this is pizza we’re talking about here!
On the off chance that you don’t have dinner plans tonight, you should seriously make this pizza. It’s so incredible, like beyond words AMAZING! If you do already have food plans for the rest of the week though, or even the rest of the month, you should at least bookmark this, pin it, or tie a string around your finger to remember that you can’t move on with your life until you’ve tasted it. Who knew that pears and pizza could be so life-changing!
I hope you all have a great day and weekend. I won’t be posting tomorrow since it’s Christmas so I’ll be back Monday with my next recipe. Again, (because can you really say it too much?) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I wish you all a blessed one full of love and memories!
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 2 talespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 medium pears, peeled and sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 medium red onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 cup cooked chicken breat, chopped
- 3 ounces(about 3/4 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
- 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
- 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- Stir water, milk, sugar, and yeast together until yeast is dissolved and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl and whisk in salt and oil until combined. Add whole wheat flour + 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour and mix until dough comes together. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes, adding a bit more flour until the dough pulls away from the surface. It should be smooth and resilient. Place in oiled bowl and cover, then place in warm place to rise until doubled in size.
- While dough is rising, toast pecans. Put walnuts in a small skillet and stir constantly over low heat for 3 - 4 minutes until very lightly browned and fragrant (nuts burn really fast so keep a close eye). Pour out onto separate dish and add pear, garlic, and onion to skillet.
- Saute with butter over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add balsamic and cream and continue cooking for about 5 minutes until most of the liquid is evaporated. Season with salt and pepper then remove pan from heat. Stir in chicken then set pan aside and allow to cool while you assemble your pizza.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line a tray with parchment or silicone mats. Roll the pizza dough out into a layer that's roughly 1/4 inch thick and free hand or use a print out picture of a tree to cut the dough into a tree shape (If you prefer, just roll it into a circle). Collect scraps from dough and re-roll to cut out your bird. Cut the dough into the shape of a partridge and set aside for a moment.
- Top the tree shapd crust (or circle) evenly with half of pear mixture, then layer parmesan, mozzarella, then the rest of pear mixture. Then top with pecans, cranberries, and bluse cheese crumbles. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until edges are golden and cheese is all melty and yum!
- Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes, then slice and serve hot.