Parma Ham Pizza with Two Cheeses, Pear and Honey Caramelised Onions

Discover the Origin is a campaign promoted by the European Union, Italy, France and Portugal and achieved by the office representative of five key European products: Burgundy wines, Port and Douro Valley Wines, Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. 
This scrummy Pizza was total yum on a plate!
Recipe taken from the book - Discover the Origin which sadly, isn't available to buy, I was very kindly sent a Promotional copy.
The aim of all of them is to enhance knowledge of the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) among consumers, distributors and food professionals and to educate on the benefits of the provenance indicator schemes, the relevant checks, controls and traceability systems that are put in place to ensure ongoing quality, and to differentiate the products and raise their profiles.
All five of these products carry a guarantee of their provenance and quality: the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) for Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, AOC for Burgundy wines and DOC for Port and Douro Valley wines.  If you see these labels on any food or drinks, you can rest assured that you will be rewarded with excellent quality.
Over at the Discover the Origin website you can learn more about the campaign and also watch a video of chef Lesley Waters making rather yummy looking 'Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parma Ham Polenta Muffins'
Thank you to Louise for sending me the book.
If you would like the recipe for the Parma Ham Pizza click continue reading:
 Recipe taken from the book 'Discover the Origin'

To serve 4 as a starter you will need:
650g strong white flour
1 tablespoon of salt
7g sachet if instant yeast
2 tablespoon of olive oil
350ml warm water

For the Pizza topping:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion - thinly sliced
1 teaspoon honey
175g shredded mozzarella
175g crumbled Gorgonzola
1/2 of a ripe pear - thinly sliced
60g Parma ham - torn into 2.5cm strips
How to do it:
Mix together the dry ingredients for the pizza dough.  Stir in the olive oil.  Add as much of the water as it takes to make a soft dough.  Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic then transfer to a clean, oiled bowl.  Cover with a tea towel and leave until doubled in size.
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F or Gas 6
Lightly grease a baking sheet (or you can use a pizza stone like I did)
In a heavy bottomed frying pan heat the oil until hot.  Add the onion and reduce the heat.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are well cooked and browned (about 30 minutes).  Stir in the honey.
Spread the pizza dough on a baking sheet and press to make a 17 x 32cm rectangle.  Sprinkle with mozzarella and Gorgonzola.  Bake near the top of the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove from the oven and spread the onion over the cheeses then top with the pear slices.  Return to the oven and warm until hot.  Top with Parma ham and serve immediately.

5 comments

  1. That looks spectacular, Jan! And since it has fruit in it, I wouldn't feel guilty about stuffing my face with it :)

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  2. grrrrr....I love this...my mouth watering..dink..dink..look so yummy..

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  3. Looks fab Jan! I am really loving the sound of all those delicious ingredients together! Mmmm :)

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  4. What a great sounding pizza and that last picture just made we want to bite my screen,,haha, very nice.

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  5. Deliciously different for sure!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.
Cheers
Jan




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