Pizza With Caramelized Leeks, Pear and Blue Cheese

"This is an incredible taste treat. For the gourmet foodie!"
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  • Trim off and discard the root ends and the dark green portion of the leeks.
  • Cut them in half lengthwise and discard the toughest outer layers.
  • Rinse thoroughly between the layers to remove any grit.
  • Pat the leeks dry and slice them crosswise into thin shreds.
  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Melt the butter in a heavy saute pan and add the leeks, rosemary, and salt.
  • Saute, stirring occasionally, until tender and nicely browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the sherry and stir until the liquid dissolves.
  • Slice the pear in half lengthwise and cut out the core section.
  • Slice each half thinly and gently toss the slices with the lemon juice.
  • Transfer the leeks to the pizza crust and spread them out evenly, leaving about a 1-inch border all around the outside free of topping.
  • Arrange the sliced pears in a single layer on top of the leeks.
  • Evenly distribute the blue cheese over the pears.
  • Sprinkle on the paprika.
  • Bake the pizza 4 inches from the broiler until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Cut into wedges and serve.

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  1. I rate it 3 stars because the bake/broil instructions were confusing to me. The instructions said to preheat the broiler and bake 4-inches from the broiler for about 10 minutes ~ The recipe had no oven temperature to bake, so I broiled! I knew 4-inches was too close and would burn if broiled for 10 minutes. I set my timer for FIVE MINUTES and broiled my pizza TEN INCHES from the broiler element, but I didn't stand and watch as I should have! Next time I will spread the toppings to the edge, and I will watch the broiler! :) Or, maybe I'll bake it directly on the rack (not in a pan), in a preheated 375F oven til the blue cheese melts! This deserves 5 stars for flavor combination ~ I LOVED the leeks, rosemary, sherry, pears, and blue cheese together!
  2. This was an interesting combination, I made these into mini pizzas for the suberbowl and they were enjoyable. You have to get the ratio of leek, pear, and cheese right which I am not sure the recipe has quite right. but overall I would make them again. I also made these with a honey wheat crust.
  3. The combination of flavors sounds odd but don't be afraid - this is amazing!


I live in Omaha NE and am an audiologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital. I love to cook, as does my husband Michael. In the summer, we have a large garden and try to use alot of fresh fruits/veggies in our cooking. We have a 5 year old daughter, Kate and almost 2 year old son Sam and enjoy introducing them to new foods. One of their favorites is fresh pesto smeared on crackers!
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