This week, for our at-home home-ec course, I wanted to teach my son about the beauty and, well, deliciousness of mixing sweet and savory flavors. I specifically chose foods he already loves: pizza, pears and prosciutto. We agreed to add arugula at the end for extra crunch – or in my mind, extra fiber!

Although we made pear and prosciutto French bread pizza, you can ultimately use any bread you have on hand – it all toasts nicely – and any combination of sweet and savory toppings that your family enjoys, making this a pain-free lesson.

Pear & Prosciutto French Bread Pizza

Yields | 4 “slices” |

  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 8 oz pizza sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella 
  • ⅓ cup shredded Pecorino Romano
  • 4 pieces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into smaller pieces
  • 1 pear, sliced and halved 
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, for drizzle

Optional Toppings

  • salt
  • arugula

Preparation | Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet or wire rack with aluminum foil. Evenly divide sauce among “pizzas.” Evenly divide cheese among “pizzas.” Add prosciutto and then pear to each “pizza.” Drizzle each with olive oil. Bake until cheese is completely melted and begins to bubble and brown slightly, 8 to 12 minutes. (Turn your oven light on, and let your kids check on the pizzas’ progress.) When the cheese is nice and melty, remove pizzas from oven. Add optional toppings and serve hot.

Julia Calleo is a freelance photographer for editorial magazines including Feast. She is also a food and prop stylist at a commercial production studio and blogger in St. Louis.

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