This Walnut Pear Flatbread is so easy, delicious and makes for the perfect weeknight meal, party appetizer and more.
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Are you ready for what’s about to be your newest obsession??
I’m talking gorgonzola + caramelized onions + skillet softened pears all on a simple flatbread making this combination great for pizza night, an easy appetizer or side dish to go along with your favorite dinner salad.
I’ve had similar pear flatbread (or pizzas) out at restaurants and it’s about time I recreate the dish for the blog. It’s just too good!
Have you tried using fresh pears in a sweet + savory kind of dish? It’s my current favorite.
I actually grew up eating canned pears… for dessert. My parents used to buy canned pears in syrup (insert me making a “yuck” face), so our after-dinner treat would often be a serving of pears. I suppose there are worse things to feed your kids… But for the longest time I only associated pears with that weird fruit syrup. You know what I mean, right?
Actually my parents didn’t buy a lot of fresh produce for us growing up. We were all super picky eaters and it would have just gone to waste.
Fast forward to my adult years when I finally came to my senses and became a fruit lover, including beloved pears.
What Makes Pears Perfect
Pears are a nutrient-dense food, packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Did you know one medium pear provides 6 grams of fiber? That accounts for about 24% of the recommended daily value. The skin of a pear also contains most of the fiber, so make sure to leave it on and get in those extra nutrients!
Pears are also a great source of Vitamin C – the “Antioxidant Vitamin.” One medium pear provides 10% of the daily value.
There are also a variety of pears – green and red anjou, bartlett, bosc, comice, concord, and more – with different colored skins providing you with a range of phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Pears are a versatile ingredient to add to a variety of dishes. Sometimes you just have to think outside of the box and change up your routine a little bit! Basically anything that can be done with an apple, can be done with a pear. From baking with them, sautéing, grilling, preserving them for jams, and then of course adding them to pizza and flatbread!
What you need for this easy recipe
- fresh pears
- red onion
- gorgonzola (or sub another cheese)
- flatbread recipe, naan bread or store-bought pizza dough
- balsamic glaze (see notes in recipe card for super easy homemade recipe!)
How to make a flatbread with pears
- First things first – determine what kind of pizza / flatbread dough you want to use. There are a variety of options, depending on what you’re feeling or dietary needs. You can use homemade pizza dough, store-bought, grain-free, or naan bread. I personally opted for naan bread because a) it was on sale and b) it makes this recipe way easy. Not to mention naan bread is kind of extra delicious, right?! But if you’re looking for a homemade dough, you can use the whole grain dough from this recipe. If looking for a store-bought grain-free option, I love Simple Mills mixes. If looking for homemade grain-free recipe, try my tapioca flour pizza crust. <– one reader divided the dough into four balls for flatbread!
- Caramelize the onions in a skillet and add the pears to soften for a couple of minutes.
- Add all of the toppings to the flatbread crust, bake and then top with arugula.
Oh! And the balsamic glaze. To make balsamic glaze at home all you need is balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. It’s so easy. It does take a bit of time but you can start this process first and continue to simmer the mixture until it has reduced, all while you’re caramelizing the onions and preparing the pears.
The combination of the pears, gorgonzola, and balsamic glaze comes together for one satisfying savory-sweet flatbread restaurant-style dish.
You must try it ASAP.
If you make this recipe, let me know by leaving a comment and review on the blog! I love hearing from you and it helps others find the recipe too.
- 12oz pizza dough or naan flatbread
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- 1 medium pear, thinly sliced (I used green anjou)
- 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
Prepare dough as needed if making homemade. Preheat oven to 400ºF and line baking pan with parchment paper. Pre-bake rolled out dough for 10 minutes if using homemade.
Start making the balsamic glaze: In a small saucepan bring vinegar and sugar to a boil; reduce to simmer and stir frequently until mixture has reduced by half. Mixture is done when glaze coats back of spoon. Remove from heat and let cool before storing in jar.
Meanwhile, heat medium skillet over medium heat and add oil to pan once hot. Add thinly sliced onions, stirring frequently until translucent and fragrant. Add thinly sliced pears to the skillet to soften just slightly – about 2 minutes.
Place onions and pear slices on flatbread, add crumbled gorgonzola and chopped walnuts. Bake pizza at 400ºF for 10 minutes. Top with arugula and finish with balsamic glaze.
Feel free to use your favorite pizza dough mix. Simple Mills makes a great grain-free mix, or I have this tapioca flour dough recipe.
Balsamic glaze recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
- Serving Size: 1/4th
- Calories: 403
- Sugar: 29
- Sodium: 21
- Fat: 6
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Unsaturated Fat: 5
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 71
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 9
- Cholesterol: 0