Sometimes it is great to put polar opposites together. Not always: I totally DO NOT recommend introducing your pet cat to the family mouse, or spinning a delicate tune on an authentic Stradivarius while waterskiing tied to a Mako shark in a thunderstorm. But some opposites can be brought together to reveal an unexpected match, like denim and lace. Complementary colors look so good together because they are situated on opposite ends of the color wheel.
In life, opposites attract. (Sometimes.) For instance, a few days ago my school had an earthquake drill and we all had to sit on the parched field under the full glare of the sun. All the classes roasted in the heat while the choir class continued their rehearsal on the grass nearby, singing “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!” Yeah, right. Snow in October in SoCal. I guess that’s what makes it SoCal – wintery melodies broadcast over a temperate desert throughout the late fall and early winter months. And I really don’t mind getting the best of both worlds – festive seasonal cheer and the beach!
In food, very different flavors can combine to create something wonderful. One example is the sweet/savory combo. Pears and cheese are a classic manifestation of this charming combination. I incorporated these two different flavors into one flatbread pizza. The savory flatbread and Provolone cheese work wonderfully with the sweet, juicy pear, tart cranberries and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!
Pear and Provolone Pizza
adapted from flatoutbread.com
Makes 1 pizza
1 Flat Out brand Italian flatbread
1.5-2 slices provolone cheese
1 pear, sliced into bite-sized pieces
1-2 tbls dried cranberries
1 tsp honey
Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with nonstick spray.
When oven has preheated, bake flatbread on prepared cookie sheet for 2 minutes.
Remove from oven. Add cheese, cranberries and a drizzle of honey. Return to oven to bake another 3-4 minutes.
Crispy crust…sweet pears…savory Provolone…mmm…
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