Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza

I like weird pizza.

Sure, pepperoni, it’s good.

But how about caramelized pears, hazelnuts, and blue cheese?

That is my kind of pizza.

For your sauce, make a little mixture of thyme, olive oil, and honey.

Top the pizza with caramelized onions and cheese.

Layer on the caramelized pear slices, and crumble over the gorgonzola.  Lastly, sprinkle on the chopped hazelnuts.  Bake!

Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza

Yield: 1 standard 14 inch pizza

Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza


  • 1/2 batch pizza dough, prebaked for 10 minutes
  • 6 oz gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz gorgonzola cheese
  • 2 d'anjou green pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1/2 a large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1.5 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, chopped


  1. The pizza dough should have just been baked for 10 minutes in a 425 degree oven. Keep the oven on 425.
  2. Heat up a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add 1/2 tbsp of butter. Add the pears to the pan and caramelize for a couple minutes, until they soften up a little. Be careful not to cook them to mush. Remove from the pan.
  3. Add the other 1/2 tbsp of butter to the pan, and add the sliced onion. Season with a pinch of salt, and cook for 10 minutes until caramelized.
  4. Whisk to combine the fresh thyme, honey, olive oil, and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Brush this mixture onto the parbaked pizza. Distribute the caramelized onions evenly on top of the pizza, then sprinkle over the gruyere.
  5. Layer on the caramelized pear slices, and crumble over the gorgonzola. Lastly, sprinkle on the chopped hazelnuts. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the edges are golden brown. Enjoy!

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  • avatar amanda (@fakeginger) November 14, 2011, 8:17 am

    Love the flavors in this! I did an apple & blue tart awhile ago so this is obviously the next step, right? Can’t wait to try it!

  • avatar Melissa | Dash of East November 14, 2011, 9:17 am

    Oh yum! This pizza looks oh so good! I’m a sucker for homemade pizzas and flatbreads and this combo of pear and gorgonzola looks tremendous.

  • avatar Shay November 14, 2011, 10:00 am

    Looks good! Thanks for sharing! Visit me at for a giveaway and recipes!

  • avatar amy November 14, 2011, 10:01 am

    Looks great! So fun to be in SRC with you!

  • avatar Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide November 14, 2011, 10:37 am

    Yes, Yes, Yes. Oh sorry. I just really want this!

  • avatar Isabelle @ Crumb November 14, 2011, 11:09 am

    Welcome to the SRC! This looks like a great pick… pear and blue cheese are always good together, and you just can’t go wrong with pizza in any way, shape or form as far as I’m concerned. :) Wish I had a slice or two of this for my lunch today.

  • avatar ButterYum November 14, 2011, 11:11 am

    Beautiful pizza and really great pics – you captured the deliciousness so well. I hope you’ll stop by and visit my SRC post for Honey Vinaigrette Marinated Grilled Chicken.

  • avatar Jenny @ Savour the Senses November 14, 2011, 11:50 am

    Yum! I love exotic pizzas this looks delicious. Great to be a part of SRC with you!

  • avatar Anonymous November 14, 2011, 12:06 pm

    Hi Joanne,
    This is an awesome pizza that we would really enjoy! This is a great pick for the SRC! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.
    Miz Helen

  • avatar sweetflours November 14, 2011, 12:23 pm

    This pizza just screams fall comfort food to me. It look scrumptious. Great first pick!

  • avatar Amy @ A Little Nosh November 14, 2011, 12:27 pm

    So pretty! The Bosc probably would have had a little more “bite” (think al dente vs overcooked pasta) than the D’anjous, but I bet it was still so delicious! Welcome to the SRC…glad to have you. If you haven’t already, I’d love it if you’d check out my SRC recipe for Crockpot Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal.

    • avatar Joanne November 14, 2011, 5:46 pm

      Very good point Amy!!! Thank you!

  • avatar Tes November 14, 2011, 12:58 pm

    What an interesting combo on pizza! It looks so delicious :)

  • avatar Caroline November 14, 2011, 2:38 pm

    Oh my, that pizza sounds incredible, Joanne. Pear and gorgonzola go so well together. Your crust is gorgeous! I can’t stop staring at the photos…I’ve had a problem with that this morning. It’s really making me be somewhat unproductive at work, ha!

  • avatar Wholesome Cook November 14, 2011, 3:14 pm

    One word: amazing!

  • avatar sportsglutton November 14, 2011, 3:28 pm

    I can eat pizza 365 days of the year and could probably enjoy this at least a month. ;-)

  • avatar mallory @ total noms November 14, 2011, 3:43 pm

    Ummm this sounds fun! and that looks delicious!

  • avatar Betsy November 14, 2011, 3:49 pm

    I just joined SRC this month too and am loving it so far! I’m not a huge fan of traditional pizza (don’t love the sauce) but this one looks right up my alley!

  • avatar Anonymous November 14, 2011, 5:12 pm

    Your pizza looks wonderful and I love the flavor combo of pear and gorgonzola.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group ‘A’ SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  • avatar kristi November 14, 2011, 8:49 pm

    I love gorgonzola and pears together and your pizza sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • avatar Foodiewife November 14, 2011, 9:22 pm

    I just made an apple and gouda pizza, with caramelized onions and i loved it! I was thinking of pear and gorgonzola, next, and here’s your recipe. This is also my first month of participating.
    Great photos, too.

  • avatar Deb November 14, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Wow – this looks awesome and now on my MUST try list!

  • avatar Trisha November 14, 2011, 9:56 pm

    Welcome to SRC, glad you could join us. The pizza looks lovely and I love the combination of flavors!

  • avatar Anonymous November 14, 2011, 10:18 pm

    So glad you liked it! It’s my favorite pizza! Love your pictures too!

  • avatar Wende November 15, 2011, 12:41 am

    Oh my….yummy!

  • avatar Tammy November 15, 2011, 2:15 am

    I love pears (especially Korean pears), gorgonzola cheese and thyme. I’m wondering about the hazelnuts, though. My mind has hazelnuts in a very exclusive, monogamous relationship with chocolate. LOL!

    • avatar Joanne November 15, 2011, 9:16 pm

      OMG I love Korean pears. I grew up eating them and just love how crisp they are. I bet they would be awesome on a pizza!!! I must try it. I almost subbed out the hazelnuts here for walnuts, but the hazelnuts definitely worked.

  • avatar Ann November 15, 2011, 2:23 am

    Congratulations on being a member of the SRC – this is FABULOUS! I love the flavor combination of pear and gorgonzola…and sticking it on a pizza is brilliant!

  • avatar Jo November 15, 2011, 6:56 pm

    Welcome to SRC! This pizza sounds so good, I may need to add it to the dinner plans for this week. I do have one night not set in stone and some pears just getting ripe, they’d be perfect for this!

  • avatar mjskit November 15, 2011, 10:18 pm

    What a great recipe to the SRC with! It looks fabulous! I love the cheeses you used with the pears. So delicious! Great job!

  • avatar rsmacaalay November 16, 2011, 1:55 am

    Honestly that pizza made me drool! Wow I badly wanna have a slice of those


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