Pear and Blue Cheese Chicken Pizza on Porter Pizza Dough

I so needed this weekend to be just what it was: relaxing! We were not only pretty lazy, but we were very “green”. With the price of gas, we decided to only do things close to home — dinner, groceries, etc. It will be nice to not start Monday morning on an empty tank!

I normally have a hockey game on Sunday nights, so I work dinner around that commitment. Last night, I didn’t have a game and so I made Mr. Prevention happy with homemade pizza 🙂 I’m going to safely assume it would win out, hands-down, against any of the 4-for-$10 Tombstone pizzas he threw into the grocery cart yesterday.

Of course I should probably mention that the pizza dough recipe to follow makes two pizza doughs. So while one was Pear and Blue Cheese Chicken Pizza, the other was 1/2 turkey pepperoni and 1/2 BBQ chicken. Leave it to Mr. P!

And as I’ve mentioned before, leftover pizza doesn’t go to waste in this house — it’s the one thing Mr. P will always take as leftovers for lunch.

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Pear and Blue Cheese Chicken Pizza inspired by Cooking Light

1/2 Porter Pizza Dough recipe (or 14″ pizza dough)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup (4 ounces) part-skim mozzarella, shredded
1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced
1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz) blue cheese, crumbled
1 medium pear, sliced
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup lightly packed arugula

Directions:

Preheat oven to 500 F.

Roll out pizza dough to 14-inch diameter. Drizzle with olive oil and spread with a pastry brush over the entire surface of the pizza dough. Pre-bake the dough for 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, simmer balsamic vinegar over medium heat until thickened and reduced to about 2 tablespoons, or 10 minutes.

Remove pizza dough from oven and sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, pears, blue cheese, and chicken. Top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella. Bake an additional 11-13 minutes. Check on pizza during the last few moments of cooking to prevent burning. Pizza should be slightly browned and cheese bubbling.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with arugula and drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction. Cut into 8 pieces and serve immediately. Yield: 8 slices.

Nutrition Information (per slice): 244 calories; 8.1 g. fat; 21 mg. cholesterol; 316 mg. sodium; 29.5 g. carbohydrate; 1.6 g. fiber; 12.8 g. protein

Result: Delicious, unique pizza! Since peaches were MIA, I went with pear and paired it with bleu cheese. Don’t go light on the balsamic vinegar — you’ll think it’s too much, but it adds so much flavor and marries the sweet of the fruit and salty of the cheese perfectly! Enjoy!

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Homemade pizza tempts me to try new pizza dough recipes. This one caught my eye seeing as it includes one of my favorite things: beer! We had one leftover porter which I generally consider to be a cold weather beer, but I figured it would be perfect in this dough.

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Porter Pizza Dough inspired by and adapted from King Arthur Flour

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp instant yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
12 ounces porter beer, at room-temperature

Directions:

Mix and knead together all of the dough ingredients by hand, mixer or bread machine until you’ve made a smooth, soft dough.

Cover the dough, and allow it to rise for 30 minutes, or for up to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 500 F with the pizza stone (if you’re using one) on a lower rack.

Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a 14″ round.

Place the rounds on parchment paper, if you’re going to use a pizza stone. Or place the dough on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.

Transfer the pizzas, parchment and all, to the baking stone. Or place the pans in the oven.

Bake for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the oven, top as desired, and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the bottom crust is crisp and the cheese is bubbly and browned.

Remove from the oven, and serve hot. Yield: two 14-inch pizza doughs.

Nutrition Information (for 1/4th of one 14″ dough): 261 calories; 4 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 431 mg. sodium; 45.8 g. carbohydrate; 2.3 g. fiber; 3.8 g. protein

Result: Very good pizza crust! The beer and whole wheat pastry flour gives it a warm brown color without the heaviness that many whole wheat doughs result in. The dough puffs up and is thin, but not flimsy…perfect! Enjoy!

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A huge thanks to Newman’s Own Organics for sending me both olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I used both in this recipe and as with all Newman’s Own Organics products, I was very impressed with the quality and flavor.

A 4-day work week and I’m back off to Chicago! Tonight is exam #2 for my students which means an easy night for me 😀 Speaking of my students, one of them quoted the movie Step Brothers last week and the joke went completely over my head. All of my students roared at the quote and then insisted I see the movie. Being all too curious, I rented the movie this weekend and was less than impressed. Sure, parts were funny, but I didn’t think it was worth all the rave reviews!

Question: What’s one “popular” movie or TV show you don’t enjoy as much as others?

Off to strength train before work! 😀

Have a great week!

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31 Comments

  1. May 2, 2011 / 5:51 am

    I wasn’t tremendously impressed with StepBrothers either – or HotTub Time Machine… 🙂 Pizza dough with beer, however? YES please!! Totally impressed! 🙂

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 2, 2011 / 12:57 pm

      I didn’t like Hot Tub Time Machine, either 🙂

  2. May 2, 2011 / 8:07 am

    I saw that pizza recipe yesterday in the cooking light magazine. YUM! Looks great Nicole 🙂

  3. May 2, 2011 / 8:11 am

    I love the fun toppings on this pizza! And your description of Mr. P’s reaction to it…and his pizza. Typical male. 😛

    I wasn’t too in love with Step Brothers either. I also can’t stand South Park or the Simpsons. Don’t hate me.

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 2, 2011 / 1:03 pm

      I don’t get either of those shows, either…only love, my dear…only love 🙂

  4. May 2, 2011 / 9:02 am

    I LOVE the flavor combo of fruit and cheese. Apple and cheddar along with figs and gorgonzola is my favorite. So so good.

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 2, 2011 / 1:03 pm

      I am yet to try gorgonzola and figs..must! I <3 stinky cheese!!!!

  5. May 2, 2011 / 9:03 am

    I love the flavors on that pizza! Pear and blue cheese are a match made in heaven! Hope your Monday is off to a wonderful start, Nicole!

  6. What a great flavor combination! I am going to make that pizza crust – anything with beer is a winner in my book! I just made mushroom beer risotto last week – absolutely amazing! (I should probably post the recipe someday soon…)

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 2, 2011 / 1:04 pm

      Yes….yes you should. That’s nearly a demand….it sounds amazing!!!!

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 2, 2011 / 1:06 pm

      I totally bowed out at the last second…TONIGHT! I will do it tonight 🙂

  7. May 2, 2011 / 11:42 am

    Wow that pizza looks amazing and I love the calorie count! I still haven’t made pizza but I intend to 😉
    And I feel like everyone loves watching American Idol and I’m just not into it lol

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 2, 2011 / 1:05 pm

      I think that’s a common show to either passionate love, or be completely disinterested in. I love it, but this year is a little dry with the judges, I must admit!

  8. May 2, 2011 / 11:55 am

    I LOVED Step Brothers!! Loved it! But Im a child that way.

    This pizza looks amazing. Recipes like this make me forget that I dont like blue cheese, because Im pretty sure if I ate it like this I would love it.

  9. May 2, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    That looks so good!

    I generally hate all movies like Step Brothers (not that I’ve seen it, but you know the type). Also, unless he’s in Zoolander, Will Ferrell just annoys me. So, yeah, most of his movies.

    • Nicole
      Author
      May 2, 2011 / 1:04 pm

      Pretty much agreed!

  10. May 2, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    Wow, now that’s a pizza I would LOVE! We tend to only do “plain ol’ cheese” around here, but I would love to try this for MYSELF! 🙂

  11. May 2, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    Yowza! I’d LOVE that pizza. This recipe (like many of yours) is now bookmarked!!! I was one of the few who thought Avatar wasn’t “great”. Visually yes, it was good, by for me, it just DRAGGED….. Have a great day Nicole.

  12. May 2, 2011 / 2:38 pm

    I love the flavor of your pizza…pear and blue cheese…so pretty with the green arugula…perfect combination. Have a great week Nicole 🙂

  13. May 2, 2011 / 4:41 pm

    OOo, your pizza looks gorgeous – and sounds delicious.

  14. May 2, 2011 / 4:48 pm

    The pizza looks & sounds amazing! It’s been way too long since I’ve made pizza…

    Have a great week!

  15. May 2, 2011 / 8:26 pm

    I agree about step brothers…one word came to mind while I watched it some time ago….stupid. Just stupid. Not even funny stupid….ewwwww stupid.

    Pizza!!!! <3

  16. May 2, 2011 / 10:44 pm

    Your pizza looks great! I may not love many green veggies but I do loveeee arugala on pizza!!!!!

  17. May 9, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    This pizza sounds fantastic! It reminds me of one they have on the menu at California Pizza Kitchen.

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