The classic combination of pears, walnuts and blue cheese isn't just for salad. Toss the same ingredients onto purchased whole-wheat pizza dough and make your own gourmet flatbread at home. Any type of ripe, firm pear will work--red pears look great.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008


Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place oven rack in the lowest position; preheat to 450 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft and golden, 5 to 8 minutes more.

  • Meanwhile, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to the size of the baking sheet. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake until puffed and lightly crisped on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes. Toast walnuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Stir vinegar, sage and pepper into the onions. Spread on the crust and top with pears, walnuts and cheese. Bake on the bottom rack until the crust is crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, 11 to 13 minutes. Slice and serve.

Nutrition Facts

364 calories; protein 11.8g; carbohydrates 54.4g; dietary fiber 5.3g; sugars 11.4g; fat 14.1g; saturated fat 2.6g; cholesterol 8.4mg; vitamin a iu 105.4IU; vitamin c 8.6mg; folate 25.6mcg; calcium 88.9mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 29.1mg; potassium 261.1mg; sodium 381.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Having had an amazing pear and blue cheese salad before I knew that pear and blue cheese combo was a good one. I used whole wheat naan breads and tried one with apple (next time I would saute the apple slices to reduce the crispness). I did a review of this dish in my blog about cooking "Eating the Rainbow". You can read it at Eastcoast Gal Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made this last night for my wife. The contrast in taste of the blue cheese and pears was amazing. Great recipe easy-to-make. Great as an appetizer too! LSC Las Vegas Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very tasty and filling. I couldn't find the right crust so I used a couple pieces of pita bread to make individual pizzas instead and it worked perfectly! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Made this for a friend tonight and we both agreed that this is definitely a "keeper." Loved it very easy to make and very tasty. LC Denver CO Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best Flatbread Recipe - 10 Stars This is to die for We absolutely loved it Can't wait to make it again!!!! I used 1 Lavash Flatbread 1 large red onion 1 tsp oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar pepper (no sage) 1/4 c diced walnuts 2 pears & about 1/3 c crumbled blue cheese Pros: Easy to make Read More