The holidays are here and that means cocktail party season! Most gatherings during this time of year feature an array of appetizers for guests to indulge. I know I personally throw a Christmas Fundraiser every year and I am always looking for new fun, tasty, and festive ideas to cook up for the event.
The recipe I’m sharing in this post will be the perfect party pleaser for your holiday event. These mini pizzas are easy and yet they have a touch of elegance to impress your guests with gourmet ingredients like caramelized pears, bleu cheese, and prosciutto. The best part: they can easily be changed to fit any party theme!
My post highlights my trial run on this recipe for this year’s Christmas Party and they turned out delicious. (Just asked my neighbor-I let her taste test with me!) They will definitely be part of this year’s spread!
Cookie Cutter Pizzas-Prosciutto, Bleu Cheese and Caramelized Pear
Special Tools Needed:
cookie cutters of your choice (I used Christmas ones to fit my party theme)
pizza stone (if you have one-not required. I just prefer to use a pizza stone)
1 package of pre-made pizza dough (I used Trader Joes Plain Dough)
1 pear-sliced thin
5 oz fontina cheese-grated
5 oz crumbled blue cheese
2 slices of prosciutto-cut into 1 inch pieces
2 garlic cloves-minced
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
2 tbsp olive oil
Dash each of salt and nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (If you are using a pizza stone make sure you place this oven while the oven pre-heats). Let the dough sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before rolling out.
Meanwhile, add the 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 of your tablespoons of olive oil in a medium pan over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted and just slightly bubbling add the pears, salt and nutmeg to the pan. Cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Then stir in the brown sugar, cover again and heat for another 5-10 minutes (Cook until sauce has thickened). Once done, remove pears from heat and put aside for later use.
In another small pan heat the reaming tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced shallots and let cook for 1-2 minutes until they begin to turn opaque. Add the minced garlic for another minute or two. Remove from heat and put aside until ready to top your pizzas.
Roll out you pizza dough (Does not have to be in a circle since we will be using cookie cutters) to desired thickness.
I will admit that I did not roll out the dough as thin as I would have liked for this first go around. They were more like mini pan pizzas (Not what I was going for but still just as tasty).
Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes with the dough. Once you have cut all that you can with your first roll out, take the scraps and roll back out again to cut out more shapes. Repeat the process until there is no dough left to use. (I was able to get 7 out of mine-but as I mentioned I would have liked my dough a little thinner).
Spray each dough cut-out with thin layer of cooking spray. Then layer each pizza with fontina cheese followed by the pears, shallots and garlic, prosciutto and finally top each off with the blue cheese.
Using a spatula, transfer each pizza to your warmed pizza stone or onto a slightly greased cooking pan. Cook for 17-23 minutes (Depending on the thickness of your dough) until the dough is golden brown and cheese is melted.
Your pizzas are now ready for your holiday crowd! Enjoy!