This Honey Pear Blue Cheese Flatbread recipe is so easy to make for the next time you’re looking for an amazing flatbread appetizer or the perfect weeknight meal! If you haven’t tried them yet, flatout flatbreads are the easiest types of pizza to make!!!
The classic combination of pears, blue cheese crumbles, caramelized onions, walnuts, honey, and other yummy toppings will leave your tastebuds singing!! Wowza!!!!
This Honey Pear Blue Cheese Flatbread is one of those great recipes that you’ll want to make time and time again! And even better, it’s one of those healthy recipes to add to your healthy eating list!! Check out the nutrition facts in the recipe below!
Ingredients in the Honey Pear Blue Cheese Flatbread
If you’re making your shopping list, you’ll want to make sure to add the following ingredients!
Let’s Start With the Flat Bread!!
If you haven’t noticed yet, grocery stores have a few different types of flat bread for purchase. Lots of times they come two to a pack, which is perfect to feed a family or gathering of friends! This recipe makes two large flatbread pizzas.
I like to purchase the large rectangular flat bread for this recipe. But a fun alternative is oval naan bread.
If you’re ambitious you could even make your own gourmet flatbread! I don’t have the recipe yet for that, but there are lots of them on the Internet!!
What Type of Pear to Use in this Honey Pear Blue Cheese Flatbread?
You’ll use 1 fresh pear for this recipe.
If you’re at the store you’ll notice there are different types of pears to choose from. But what’s the difference between pears?
An Asian pear like Hosui, Kosui, or Olympic are more apple shaped and firm. I don’t recommend using these types of pears in this recipe.
Red pears, like Anjou, or Bartlett pears are the most desirable type of pear to use for this flatbread recipe. These types of pear are softer and will bake up nicely. Red pears add a pop of color to this pear flatbread and taste lovely. And Bartlett pears will also add a delightful sweetness to “pair” with the blue cheese, lol!
You’ll want to choose ripe pears, but not too mushy! A ripe but firm pear will be the easiest to cut into thin slices.
Cheeses on this Pizza!
Yum! You’ll use about 3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese as the first layer of this pizza.
If you’ve ever had blue cheese salad you know that blue cheese adds the tang! You’ll use about 5 ounces of blue cheese (more blue cheese = more tang!!). Blue cheese pairs so nicely with pears and walnuts, you add slices of these on your next Charcuterie Board!
Gorgonzola cheese could be used as a substitute for the blue cheese because gorgonzola IS blue cheese! It’s Italian blue cheese. Or…you could just add gorgonzola to the blue cheese and really kick the tang up a notch!!
Then you can call this recipe Honey Pear Blue Cheese Gorgonzola Flatbread, lol!!
You’ll also need ½ cup of chopped walnuts and ½ cup sliced onion. You can use a red onion or a white onion.
Honey and balsamic glaze get drizzled over the top. Other optional toppings include fresh rosemary, fresh sage, peppery arugula, and a little bit of black pepper goes a long way!
I use a pat of butter (and sometimes even a little brown sugar!) to cook up the onion slices before adding them to the top of the pear on the pizza.
Prepping Ingredients for the Pizza!
This yummy recipe whips up so quickly, you’ll be surprised!!
Prepare the Onions, Walnuts, and Pears
The first step for me is to caramelize the onions and toast walnuts.
In a large skillet or medium skillet add a pat of butter (and a spoonful of brown sugar if you’d like). Place the sliced onions in a single layer in the pan. Over medium-high heat cook the onions on both sides until they’re soft and browned. Place onions on a small plate to cool.
In a small dry skillet add the chopped walnuts. Cook over medium-low heat in the small pan for about 2-3 minutes on each side until the walnuts start to get all toasty brown. Remove the toasted walnuts from the small skillet, and place them in a small bowl to cool a bit.
Wash and dry the pear. Use a thin knife to slice the pear in half. Remove any seeds that might be in the middle. Then cut the pear up into very thin slices. The thinner the better!
If adding arugula to the top of the pizza, place it in a large bowl to rinse it then pat it dry with paper towels.
Assembling and Baking the Pizza
Place oven rack to the lowest position, and preheat your oven to 375° F. Place flatbread on a large baking sheet or a pizza pan. The size of the baking sheet is determined by how many of these yummy pizzas you’re preparing! For easy clean up later, place parchment paper on the large sheet pan to go under the pizza.
Place an even layer of mozzarella cheese onto the surface of flatbread. If you let the cheese set out at room temperature for about an hour it’ll bake up even quicker!
Set the pear slices evenly across the cheese. Layer the caramelized onions on top of the pears. If you want to put the onions directly on top of the mozzarella you can to that too. No rules!
Sprinkle the blue cheese crumbles and toasted walnuts over the top.
Put the pizza in the oven on the bottom rack to bake.
Bake pizza for 15-20 minutes, until the cheeses are all melty and gooey and start to brown.
Remove the pizza from the hot oven and let it cool for a few minutes before cutting into lavash pieces!
Before cutting the pizza drizzle it with honey and balsamic glaze. View the video link to see just how pretty it is!
Optional: Top the pizza with fresh herbs or arugula, and a sprinkle of black pepper if you’d like! Sometimes it’s hard to find these items in the winter, so my pictures don’t have them included. But I highly suggest adding them if you have them on hand!
Store excess pizza (if you’re lucky enough to have any!) in aluminum foil and reheat it in the oven or enjoy it cold for breakfast!!
Grilling the Pizza!
As an alternative to baking the pizza in the oven, you could use a barbecue grill to make this recipe! I love this method in the summertime when I don’t want to heat up my oven. I love the nice grill marks you get on the crust!
Use cooking spray to spray one side of the grill, and turn on the other side of the grill to medium heat or even low heat. You’ll use the indirect heat of the grill to bake the pizza.
Assemble the pizza and place it off to the side of the heat. Close the lid and let the grill heat bake until the cheeses are all melted nicely. Keep an eye on it so the crust doesn’t burn.
This Honey Pear Blue Cheese flatbread pairs nicely with a cold glass of IPA beer or a nice glass of white wine!
For another yummy appetizer made on grill check out my Honey Ricotta Peach Crostini recipe! It’s to die for too!!
Honey Pear Blue Cheese Flatbread
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- 2 flatbread crusts
- 1/2 cup onions sliced
- 1/4 cup walnuts chopped and toasted
- 1 pear firm but ripe
- 5 ounces blue cheese crumbled
- 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1-2 cups arugula
- 2 tablespoons rosemary fresh, chopped
- 1 tablespoon thyme fresh, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Toast walnuts and caramelize the sliced onions.
- Place flatbreads on baking sheet. Top with mozzarella cheese, sliced pear, caramelized onions, blue cheese, and toasted walnuts.
- Bake 15-20 minutes until cheeses are melted and beginning to brown. Let cool a few minutes before cutting.
- Top with arugula, fresh herbs, or black pepper if you'd like.