I know what you might be thinking, really 3 pizza recipes in a week? Yes I just had to! Last Friday I shared a Sweet Potato Marshmallow Pizza and mentioned how it wasn’t the pizza I really wanted to share because the one I really wanted to share didn’t photograph well. Well I attempted to photograph it again and it turned out a little better. I shot a couple hundred pictures until the pizza stopped steaming at which point I called it and had to dig into the pizza because it’s so good! Well the photos turned out pretty good and I couldn’t wait to share this with you. Don’t worry it will probably be a few weeks, or more, before you see another pizza post.
As I my have mentioned a couple of times I’m really feeling cranberries this year! I’ve always liked cranberries always making extra cranberry sauce during the holidays so I can have them in the days after with yogurt, muesli, oatmeal, ect. This year is just different because while I like cranberries I’m not usually this crazy about them, and usually make a lot more pumpkin flavored creations. Maybe it was the cranberry festival I attended last month and the fruit drawer full of over 10 pounds of fresh cranberries with even more frozen in the freezer. Or maybe not and I’m just loving this superfood berry more than pumpkin since my tastes are changing with age. Haha! No matter what the reason I’m rolling with it!
With a list of a dozen cranberry creations to play with and make you had to know that a pizza would be at the top of the list with our weekly pizza night! Although today is Friday and we won’t be making pizza, but A and I will be going out to get pizza tonight since it’s a girls night and she picked a pizza place for her and me to have dinner at tonight. I let her pick since her birthday is this weekend.
This pizza is the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and tart! I wish I hosted Thanksgiving because this would be on the menu and I’d be one happy girl! A quick cooking cranberry sauce paired with fresh creamy (vegan) mozzarella, topped with pear slices, red onions, and finished off with fresh thyme and optional coconut bacon. The coconut bacon adds a little texture and salty savoriness! If you’re thinking dessert pizza no this isn’t a sweet dessert pizza but more like a sweet and savory salad that’s made with cranberries, you wouldn’t want that for dessert and this is far from a sweet dessert pizza!
Now if you’re one who loves pizza and are looking for a reason to enjoy it, not that you really need one, this pizza is packed with the superfood benefits of cranberries! Cranberries have vitamin C and fiber, and disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank almost every fruit and vegetable. Cranberries are rich in a wide range of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients have been found to prevent cancers such as breast, colon, lung and prostate; lower inflammation; protect against heart disease; lower cholesterol levels; and protect cells from damage. So why enjoy a healthy Cranberry Pear Pizza?
Cranberry Pear Pizza
Makes one 10-12″ pizza
1 10-12″ pizza crust (used our homemade Neapolitan Pizza Crust)
2c (4oz) fresh cranberries3-4 TBSP maple syrup, or to taste (I use 3 TBSP pure maple syrup and depending on berries and mood add a packet of stevia in the raw)
pinch sea salt
1/4-1/3 sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 pear, thinly sliced
3-4oz fresh mozzarella or brie cheese (Miyoko’s Fresh VeganMozz)
1 sprig fresh thyme, steam removed
1/4c coconut bacon, optional (Organic Matters Organic Coconut Bacon)
balsamic vinegar for serving, optional
Bring cranberries, maple syrup, sea salt and water to a boil. Turn to medium and simmer 5 minutes with the lid on. Remove from heat, stir and let sit to cool. Heat grill or oven, with pizza stone placed inside, to 550F if using my husband’s crust recipe otherwise heat per your pizza crust directions. Using a slotted spoon (leaving the leftover liquid as it doesn’t work well with some of the other pizza crusts) spread the cooled cranberry sauce on the pizza crust as you would a pizza sauce. Next take your mozzarella and sprinkle pieces over top. Top with onion and pear slices. Place pizza, keeping it on the parchment as it will easily slide on and off your pizza stone, onto the pizza stone. Check at 8 minutes, the crust should start to be golden brown and slightly blackened on the outer edges like a traditional Neapolitan pizza. If using your own crust bake per your crusts instructions. Remove pizza, sliding a baking sheet under the parchment paper. Top with fresh thyme and optional coconut bacon. Serve with balsamic vinegar, optional. Enjoy!Talk about a fabulous fall combo pizza! This #vegan Cranberry Pear Pizza has it all! @MiyokosKitchen #healthy Click To Tweet
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