Savory Pear Pizza
Contributed by: NAPSA
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(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.
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.
- 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
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