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Savory Pear Pizza

Contributed by: NAPSA

Perfect Pear: Simply Delicious Meals In A Snap (NAPSA) - The hubbub of the holidays shouldn't mean taking a break from healthful eating. Fortunately, no matter how hectic your schedule becomes, there's always time for working some delicious fruit into your diet.

Savory Pear Pizza
Pears can be a great place to start. Besides being delicious, they're wonderfully nutritious-an excellent source of dietary fiber that contains vitamin C and is also a source of potassium, with only about 100 calories per serving.

Pears are great anytime of the day: Try pear halves with yogurt for breakfast. Pack one with your lunch. Cut one up over a dinner salad. Or top a dish of ice cream for dessert. In addition, there are many varieties to enjoy throughout the year: Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc and Comice. Each has a distinct texture, color and flavor that can be made into savory snacks, main dishes, appetizers, salads and desserts.

And remember: Adding pears to a main dish gives food a burst of flavor while helping your family get the recommended five to nine daily servings of fruits and veggies.

The following quick-and-easy recipe does not use a traditional sauce, letting the juicy pears bring a sweet balance to the Parmesan and prosciutto's more salty flavors. Using a prepared pizza crust makes this an effortless meal or a beautiful and savory appetizer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 prepared pizza dough crust (such as Boboli)
  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 oz. grated, fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 3 oz. chopped prosciutto or thinly sliced cured ham
  • 1 red Anjou pear, cored and sliced very thinly

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Place pizza crust on baking sheet.

Spread olive oil and garlic over the pizza crust.

Top with cheese, prosciutto and pear slices.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Slice and serve.

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Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings


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