Gluten Free Flourless Pizza with Pears, Candied Bacon and Caramelized Onions Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on March 21, 2011

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Great recipes like great friends are a source of inspiration.  It is especially inspiring when a great recipe comes from a great friend!

When blog-surfing one day I came across Shirley’s (Gluten Free Easily) recipe for gluten-free, flourless pizza and have not been able to stop thinking about it.  The pizza crust was made with cheese – seriously, how ingenious is that?

The more I thought about a gluten-free flourless pizza crust made with cheese as the base, the more inspired I became.  Great recipes do that – they serve as a springboard for one’s own creativity.

I decided I would like to make a fancy appetizer-type pizza that combined a little savory and a little sweet.  I already knew I would be using some variation of Shirley’s cheese pizza crust so that was my jumping off point – cheese.  I had a big bowl of fresh, sweet, crispy pears on my counter and this was the next piece of inspiration.  I mean really, pears pair so well with cheese of any kind that I just knew the pears were in there for sure!  Then I thought “how about something a little salty?”  This is where the candied bacon pieces came in – come on – cheese, pears and sweet bacon?  I knew I was on the right track however I needed something to bring it all together.  H, maybe some onions?  No, not exactly right but how about caramelized onions?  Oh yes!  All in all I would say this turned out to be one inspired pizza!

I hope you find in this recipe your own inspiration which leads to your own inspired creation.

Gluten Free Floueless Pizza with Pears Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Gluten Free Flourless Pizza with Pears, Candied Bacon and Caramelized Onions Recipe

Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 large eggs
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
4 slices thick bacon
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 large or 3 medium white or yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced
4 ounce mascarpone cheese
2 bosc pears, cored and very thinly sliced and sprinkled with fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
Black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line one rimmed-baking sheet (jelly roll pan) with foil and top it with a wire cooling rack and spray another rimmed-baking sheet with gluten-free, non-stick cooking spray then line it with a piece of parchment paper big enough to go up all the sides (it is easier to line the baking sheet if you crumble the parchment paper first).

In an electric mixer bowl, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese with the ricotta until fully blended and smooth.  Add the eggs and parmesan cheese and mix to combine.  Pour the batter into the baking sheet with the parchment paper.

Put the bacon in a large freezer storage bag along with the brown sugar and shake to coat the bacon.  Lay the bacon on the wire rack.  Put both baking sheets in the oven and cook for 20 – 25 minutes or until the pizza crust is very lightly browned and the bacon is crispy.  Remove both from the oven and turn the oven up to 500 degrees.

Let the bacon cool.  Once cool, chop it into pieces and set aside until assembling the pizza.

Let the crust cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove it from the baking sheet along with the parchment paper.  Place the parchment paper and crust on a flat baking sheet and put it in the oven for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.  You want the pizza to cool completely so it dries up and is crispier.  You can place it in the freezer for 30 minutes or let it cool on the counter and then refrigerate for several hours uncovered.  Keep the crust on the parchment paper as it needs to go back in the oven once more and it is easier to move it about on the parchment paper.

Prepare the onions by combining the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and turn the heat down to low.  Let the onions slowly caramelize, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes or until they are very soft a deeply brown.

When ready to assemble the pizza, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Spread the mascarpone cheese in a very thin layer over the crust.  Top with the caramelized onions, bacon pieces and pear slices.  Bake for 10 minutes or until heated through.  Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves and black pepper.  Cut into squares and serve.

Servings

This gluten free recipe serves 6 to 8 people.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendy @ Celiacs in the House March 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I want some. When’s the cocktail party. Your photos always have such beautiful light. This Ohio winter has me craving light and your pizza.

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Carol, Simply Gluten Free March 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Come to Florida Wendy – it is nice and sunny here (warm too), we can have a little cocktail party and eat pizza :)

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nicole March 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

this sounds amazing and really simple. I love pear on pizza! I’m looking forward to trying this. My childhood allergies are back, with a gluten sensitivity. So there have been a lot of adjustments for me in the last few months. This will make things easy for my and m boyfriend to have for a gfree dinner :-)

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Iris March 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I love mixing bacon with something sweet. Perfect blend of flavors!

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Shirley @ gfe March 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Oh, Carol, I’m so honored that you took the flourless concept and used it to create this upscale, delish pizza! I’m with Wendy … when’s the party? :-) I think your blog looks different–and always great–each and every time I visit. ;-)

xo,
Shirley

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Carol, Simply Gluten Free March 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Thank you Shirley for the inspiration – glad you aprove :) How fun would that be to host a cocktail party with all my blogging buddies? Hmmmm…..

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jas @ the gluten free scallywag March 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm

oh my I can’t wait to maike this in my new kitchen Carol!

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Dawn Farias March 21, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Oh.my.goodness. We are moving to WA this week, but I will have to try my hand at this recipe (probably not gluten-free, though) very very soon. Such lovely pictures, too!

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Angie March 22, 2011 at 2:08 am

This looks absolutely delicious!!

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InTolerantChef March 22, 2011 at 5:20 am

What a great idea! I would never have thought of using cheese for the base. Yummm…

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Jenn March 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

Beautiful and so creative!!!

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Alex March 22, 2011 at 10:23 am

Amazing! I’m so making that at some point this week. I’m always looking for creative recipes and this looks so yummy!

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Nancy March 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

I declare this day Carol K. Day! She is truly an artist to envy, a dedicated and trusting soul who creates for us real food. Simply, real food. This Italian considers her a Sister. Grazie mille! (A thousand thanks.)

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Carol, Simply Gluten Free March 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Grazie Mille to you too! I am so happy to have an Italian sister! I always felt in my soul I was part Italian :)

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Janet NZ March 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Wow! I have made Shirley’s pizza base several times and it is fabulous, but you have taken it to a new level. This looks amazing :-)

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julia March 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I’m drooling! A cheese crust, yep, that’s pure genius!

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Nancy @SensitivePantry March 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

This looks really wonderful. I love the toppings…the flavors of carmelized onions, bacon, and pear melding together. Mmmm.

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Polopp March 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Looks delicious. The combination of bacon and sweet taste is promising, I love that combination :-)

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Tine March 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

I like the idea of putting something sweet on my pizza!
It reminds me of my grilled breakfast toast with apple and bacon! Fruit and salty bacon: the ideal combination!

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Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls March 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

LOVE this! Great combo of flavors – I can’t wait to try this!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

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Julia Lynn March 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm

YUM! I LOVE this idea!!!

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Julia Lynn March 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

By the way, what is that yummy-looking beverage beside the pizza in the photo? Is it a cocktail?

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Carol, Simply Gluten Free March 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Just a glass of white wine – simple :)

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Jennifer Preston April 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm

This was so good! You lead and I follow! Thanks:)

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Michelle August 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Carol,
I just ran across that same flourless pizza recipe and made it for my family. They loved it…I must say, my mouth is watering with your recipe!! This is on my MUST try this weekend!!! Sinful, delicious and with a glass of white wine ~a slice of heaven! Thank you :)

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Carol Kicinski August 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Thank you so much Michelle!

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