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Pear & blue cheese pizza - healthy, easy and quick

Updated on September 11, 2014
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A healthy, quick and easy recipe for pear and blue cheese pizza

We love pizza and I think that many people would say the same. But we do like to eat health foods (well, within our own definition of the word!) and this is a quick and easy recipe that I'm often asked to make.

It uses only a little cheese but I use a blue-veined variety and its flavour goes a long way. A little goat cheese is also used.

The pizza also features delicious pear, lightly cooked leeks and is topped with salad leaves. I like to experiment with fruit in recipes and this became a firm favorite that I make often - luckily it's very simple to prepare.

When I was young and newly-married, I was quite happy to make pizza from absolute scratch - making and kneading the dough and letting it rise. I have less patience and time these days but the ready-made dough I use is very tasty and just as good as anything I can make myself.

I've made this for guests and for parties and served it both hot and cold. If we're going to eat this cold - and it's delicious as a snack as well as dinner - then I let it cool down before I add the salad leaves. This way, they leaves are crisp and fresh. Something that's particularly delicious about this recipe is that half the pear is cooked and the other half is added raw therefore adding crunch and a wonderful flavor combination.

All you need are a few simple ingredients

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To serve two greedy people

This makes a pizza that is about 10 inches square. We can easily demolish that but if you're serving this with side dishes, it could serve four - but there'd be no second helpings!

  • 1 tube pizza dough
  • 1 pear
  • 1 leek
  • 2oz. cheese - I used Swiss
  • 1½ oz. blue cheese I used Saint Agur this time
  • 1½ oz. soft goat cheese
  • Young salad leaves
  • A little olive oil

Let's begin!

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HEAT THE OVEN & FRYING PAN

This dish bakes quite quickly but you will need to have the oven up to temperature. So the first thing to do is turn on the oven and set to 400°. Put a frying pan or skillet onto the stove and heat a little olive oil. Leeks are not terribly absorbent so you don't need much.

PREPARE THE LEEKS

Are the leeks you buy always really dirty? Mine are and I guess that's a good thing in a way but once I've sliced the leeks, I put them into a sieve and wash them very thoroughly under cold running water. To make sure that there's no grit trapped between the layers, I separate them into rings with my fingers when they are being cleaned under the tap. To avoid any splatters when they are added to the oil, I then drain them on paper towel.

OXO Good Grips 4-inch Pizza Wheel and Cutter
OXO Good Grips 4-inch Pizza Wheel and Cutter

When my dearly beloved came home with this cutter one day, I thought he'd gone crazy. You see, we live in such a tiny apartment and there's nothing wrong with using a knife to cut pizza without adding an extra utensil into the home, I thought. Wrong! Not only is this great for pies and cuts through first time, I also use it for cutting tarts, quiches, pies and a whole host of other dishes.

 

ADD TO THE OIL

Add the leeks to the pan and stir to make sure that they are coated with oil. Turn the stove down to a medium heat. They need to cook for about five minutes.

PREPARE THE PEAR

Halve the pear and remove any seeds or hard areas of the core. Slice on half into slices and cut the other half into cubes. Add the cubes to the leeks in the pan and cook for a further two minutes then turn the heat down to super-low. Reserve the pear slices for later.

Dough

GET THE DOUGH READY TO BAKE

Remove the dough from the tube and form into a rough square of about ten inches on a cookie sheet or in a baking dish that has been very lightly oiled. Often when I'm making meals with pastry or dough, I flour the cookie sheet rather than use oil but for this baked dish, the oil gives the bottom of the pizza a little extra crunch.

Once you've flattened the dough out, place it in the oven for about 5 to 8 minutes. It should be just browned rather than completely cooked, because it's going to be put back into the oven once it's topped.

CHEESE

While the base is baking, grate the harder of the three cheeses, the Swiss. Note that you can experiment with different cheeses here. I like the milder flavor of the Swiss because it doesn't conflict with the blue cheese, the way that a stronger cheese would. When you've removed the base from the oven, sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.

Topping

ADD THE TOPPING INGREDIENTS

Spoon the leek and pear mixture onto the pizza base.

Top with the cheese

DISTRIBUTE THE CHEESE

I don't slice the remaining cheeses in advance, just hold the chunk in my hand above the base and break pieces off with a teaspoon.

RETURN TO THE OVEN

Place the pizza back into the oven. It will need to bake for another 5 to 8 minutes. You'll know when it's ready because the crust will be golden and the cheese will have melted - and it will smell wonderful!

Finalize

THE PEAR SLICES

As soon as you remove the pizza from the oven, top with the raw pear slices. The heat rising from the pizza will warm the pear, but the slices will retain a good crunch. Place the pizza aside for a moment while you get the plates and silverware ready, then add the salad leaves and serve at once.

If you make pizza regularly, or plan to, you'll find that these stones will give you some great results.

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If you love pizza but don't eat meat, this is the book for you. Even people who don't ordinarily like pizza (and takeout versions can be very greasy and heavy) have been converted thanks to this book. Healthy, tasty and guilt-free. Perfect.

 

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @RoadMonkey - I hope you'll be able to find it in your local store. You'll be able to make delicious and healthy pizzas very quickly and easily.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Never tried a fruit type pizza before. This looks and sounds delicious. I used to make my own pizza dough too but don't bother these days. I have not seen ready made pizza dough but will have to look and see if it's available here.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ecogranny - I have loved pizza for as long as I can remember and I think it must be one of the most popular foods today.I do like the takeout tomato and cheese version but I'm sure that the calorific count is horrendous. It's also not very sophisticated :) This recipe is SO tasty but as part of a dinner party it's very classy too :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Mmmmm, that looks SO good. I love a pear-Gorgonzola pizza from a local shop here, but I hadn't thought of making it at home. We have homemade pizza a couple times a month. It's one way I use excess sourdough starter--making a sourdough pizza crust, and I just know these toppings would be wonderful on it. Thank you!

      Thank you, too, for the excellent tips on getting every last bit of grit and dirt from the leeks. I've always struggled with that deeply embedded dirt. Your method makes total sense.

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      rebekah-grelen 3 years ago

      This is one recipe I will HAVE to try! Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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      Robert Connor 3 years ago from Michigan

      mmmmmm good!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      YUM! I want to try this! Great Tutorial on how to make this.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This looks absolutely wonderful. I love the pear and cheese combo.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LoriBeninger: Thank you - it's very tasty indeed!

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Lovely lens...sounds yummy, too!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: No, it just melts and goes beautifully gooey :)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I can't eat blue cheese, Brit, but see no reason why this wouldn't work with Lancashire or Feta! I will try it out as the combination looks delicious - maybe a few olives as well to compensate for the blue :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      mmmmmmmm yummy.. does the blue cheese go stringy like mozarella though?

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LisaMarieGabriel: That sounds just as tasty! (Especially the olives - I LOVE olives!) For so many years I was devoted to the old tomato-with-lots-of-cheese style but this is a really good alternative. Thanks for visiting!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @socialcx1: Thanks for visiting!

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Your lens is making me very hungry, the photos are so realistic. Thanks

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @combiplumb: Thank you!

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      combiplumb 4 years ago

      WOW, I would never have put pear and blue cheese together, might just give it a try.Squidliked you.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @jlshernandez: Anytime is good :) We're only just discovering how wonderful pears are in savory recipes - truly delicious!

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Great for afternoon snacks too. Love pears.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Da_Basketball_King101: Well, that's nice of you :) Luckily, I'm here to tell you that it's perfectly wonderful.

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      Da_Basketball_King101 4 years ago

      i don't think that would be good.ill look n to it

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      jenny-archer-9 4 years ago

      ....yum!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Bartukas: Thanks so much for visiting!

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      myoyster1957 4 years ago

      Hi Brit, hungry, hungry, hungry. looks great.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Great lens thanks

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @myoyster1957: Hi Orgy :) Good to see you. I hope you try this - it's so tasty and easy!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I can just taste this dish right now. Congratulations on developing an appetizing recipe

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MariannesWhims: Do try it, it's delicious. Thanks for visiting!

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      Marianne Gardner 4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      This lens is very appealing, I love the photos and all the green. It pops! the pizza sounds yummy to try, too. Thanks!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Faithlife: Thank you - I hope you give it a try.

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      Faithlife 4 years ago

      I Love all the photos! It really helps to see how it comes together! Thanks (Faith)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @VeseliDan: Enjoy!

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      This really sounds delicious and healthy! Thanks for giving me an idea for tomorrow's dinner!

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      ivanjones 4 years ago

      good

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @HystericalCasse: It's SO tasty -enjoy!

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      HystericalCasse 4 years ago

      OH my gosh I can so do this!! Thanks for posting it.

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      Arod17 4 years ago

      Thanks for commenting on my lens. This looks so good!!!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Ben Reed: It truly is :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      Simply delicious.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @pickyshopper: Please do - we were devoted to stodgy takeout regular pizza until we discovered this one!

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      pickyshopper 4 years ago

      sounds good - will have to give this a try.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @i Dia1: It is - it's requested at least once a week in this household :)

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      i Dia1 4 years ago

      I'll have to try this. It looks delicious.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Zienna1: Enjoy!

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      Zienna1 4 years ago

      Definitely another recipe for my son to make minus the goat cheese though. Yummy!

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      cire81 lm 4 years ago

      Yummy.. More photo, I love it.. Do check out my lens and give me your comment

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @OliviaQ: I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      OliviaQ 4 years ago

      it looks delicious, nice share

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Bartukas: Thank you!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Great recipe and lens!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @myspace9: Thank you for visiting!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: I hope you try it - it's so good!

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Looks Delicious, thanks for the recipe.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the look of this'recipe. Your food photography is excellent. Get hungry just looking at the pics!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CuAllaidh: Have fun experimenting! That's one of the wonderful things about pizza (and lots of dishes) - there are no rules :) I hope your girlfriend enjoys it!

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      Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Very nice. Pear and blue cheese go together so well. My fiancé loves pear and blue cheese gnocchi, I should make this pizza for her and turn her into a pizza lover as well :D Swiss cheese makes sense for the cheese as well, though provolone might work well with it too :D experimentation time :D

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      Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Very nice. Pear and blue cheese go together so well. My fiancé loves pear and blue cheese gnocchi, I should make this pizza for her and turn her into a pizza lover as well :D Swiss cheese makes sense for the cheese as well, though provolone might work well with it too :D experimentation time :D

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LauraCarExpert: I know what you mean!

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      Wow got hungry now!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: It's very easy and you can vary the toppings to suit your own tastes :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love pizza but until now didn't know how to make it... thaks for recipe

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      Yummy:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this looks really good, great lens

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @NuttSoRuff: It's SO good!

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      Actually looks quite yummy. I love all the ingredients - just never thought of putting them together.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Erin Mellor: We think it is :) Thanks!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I love pears and blue cheese, and I love leeks and blue cheese. I also love pizza. This could be the best recipe ever. Thank.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @HalloweenRecipes: Enjoy!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DebW07: You'll love it :)

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      Kerry Voronoff 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This sounds delicious. I will definitely try this.

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      Pears are my favorite fruit and Blue Cheese is my favorite cheese, why have I never thought to serve them together? Your pizza sounds very interesting and I am going to have to try it.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      This is an interesting alternative to the norm and probably very tasty too.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Swisstoons: Believe me, I love cheese and tomato pizza too :) But do try this - it's a great and healthy alternative.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      When it comes to pizza, I tend to be a real purist: great crust, cheese, tomato sauce...and sliced tomatoes on top. But you've piqued my curiosity. Your recipe has my mouth watering. Those photos really did the trick! And it sounds simple enough and quick enough to try!

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      amandascloset0 4 years ago

      awesome recipe! thanks for sharing!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Rymom28: Enjoy!

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      Interesting combination, I bet this tastes good! Will be trying this soon!

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      jura 4 years ago

      That pizza sounds really good .

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @PhilVardy: Thank you! Do try it - it's so good.

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      PhilVardy 4 years ago

      One of the few times I've read a recipe and actually immediately thought about making it.... Mmmmm blue cheese and pear pizza....

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Enjoy!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      cSounds like an amazing combination....I'm off to the kitchen :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ejb711: It's very very good :)

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      ejb711 4 years ago

      Must try this...

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @winter aconite: You'll love it - very tasty!

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      winter aconite 4 years ago

      definitely going to try this pizza.....yum!!!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @IMKZRNU2: Thank you - you'll enjoy it and it's very quick and easy.

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Yummy....I love to find new recipes like this! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @hotsquid: I know :) But it's delightful.

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      Pear and leek on pizza? That sounds crazy. :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @RaksTheBlogger: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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      RaksTheBlogger 4 years ago

      Made it,had it,Love it!Thanks for the great recipe

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TravelingRae: You're welcome :) It's SOOOO good!

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      TravelingRae 4 years ago

      Wow that looks tasty! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Laurabpeterson: Let me know if you try it - it's very good :)

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      Yum! I'd use homemade or a different pizza crust, but I never thought of adding pear sauteed with leeks to it! Great idea, thanks!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Thank you very much. I hope you try it :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looks delicious! I love it.