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FEBRUARY 26, 2011

New pizza recipe

The pizza recipe in the Plain Dealer sounded unusual but good: caramelized onions, sliced apples, ham, and shredded Gruyere cheese.

Here's what it looked like before going into the oven. Mouse over the image to see the melty, browned finished pie.

It was a great change of pace from your typical pizza (no tomato, oregano, etc.). The salty ham and nutty Gruyere flavors balance the slight sweetness of the apples and onions.

My only regret is the sage I put on top since I didn't have thyme as called for in the recipe. Sage has never been one of my favorite spices, and I don't think the flavor fit well with the others.

The recipe is a keeper. It even seems reasonably healthy: 3 onions, 2 apples, just a little bit of ham. Unfortunately a cup of Gruyere cheese has 43 grams of fat, much higher than regular mozzarella (25 g) or part-skim mozzarella (4 g). Next time I'll use half Gruyere and half mozzarella.

This recipe and several others are from Cleveland.com. Next I'm going to try the Chicken, Red Grape and Pesto version.

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