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I Did it MY Way—Hoisin Glazed Pork Pizza

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This Hoisin bathed pork topped pizza was my dream pizza this week. With sliced pears and apples, chopped green onions and dots of aged Gorgonzola, this pizza made me feel like quite the gourmet as I proudly rubbed my knuckles on my imaginary chef’s whites and obnoxiously touted my own horn. Yes, one of my kids may have asked what the pungent odor was, and no one but me and the dog had any desire to chow it down, but I really didn’t care one little bit.

Please excuse bad photo. Photographer has no understanding of lighting at night.

I rarely choose what I want to cook in this house of teenagers, picky eaters and  food allergies.  On the particular day of our weekly pizza night, I was feeling a bit like a doll in a tug-o-war game with two Labs.  The seams were starting to unravel and my edges were frayed. My poor twenty-one-year old niece heard me sigh aloud at work as I said, “I just need no one else to need me. Just for one day.” Her small shoulders weren’t quite enough for the weight of my complaints.

Do you ever feel like you are here on this planet to please other people?  Just for the record, all moms feel this way once in awhile. Just ask around. I am not knockin’ it because truthfully I would never, ever change that for the world, and my kids and husband are willlingly the center of my universe, BUT…and here’s a big but…sometimes, one does get tired of making decisions based on everyone else’s needs and wants (and by “one” I do mean “me”…I know I am not really fooling anyone).

So this one night, I was going to go for it. In addition to our traditional weekly pizzas with minimal ingredients for budget and ease, I was going to make one entire pizza that I was craving, just for me. Never mind that I went to THREE GROCERY STORES to find all of the right ingredients. I almost gave up at store number two when they were out of Hoisin sauce, but then, tired and a bit dejected, I decided I needed this pizza, in a big way.

So I came home, with all of the necessary provisions, tore up my left-over pork and poured the bright and rich Hoisin over it. I let it get good and saucy while I thinly sliced my pears and apples and diced the green onions. I forgot to mention, that I emailed two fellow bloggers earlier in the day for cheese suggestions; Cali of Offally Tasty and Leah of The Seven Hills Collection. Please check out their blogs; you will wonder why on earth you haven’t found them before (P.S. If you leave a comment on their blogs, I’ll share your blog post on my FB page. All 14 of my followers will get to see that!).

In the end I dove in for the Gorgonzola that I was craving all day, but their suggestions of sharp cheddar and Blue Cheese are duly noted as fabulous suggestions and will be tried for future tastings. As I rolled out dough and made MY PIZZA, the family looked on as if to say, “What is happening here?!” “Who would eat THAT?!” as I smirked and pretended to ignore their obvious dismay. We all quickly and haphazardly threw together their two pizzas while my little pizza of Hoisin perfection got my focused attention.

You know what? My pizza was outstanding. It had the sweetness, tang and freshness I was craving, and it felt really good to take care of myself for a change and make my wants a priority. It may have been a small stand, but I took it and am now ready to face the onslaught once again. I hope you get a chance to make this pizza or treat yourself to one of your own favorites.

Grilled Pizza with Hoisin Glazed Pork, Apple and Pear 

1 c. of left over shredded or chopped cooked chicken or pork (duck would be fab if you have it)
1/2 c. bottled Hoisin sauce
1 Anjou pear (or other variety), thinly sliced
1 Fuji apple (or other variety) , thinly sliced
1 green onion, thinly sliced (green part only)
crumbled Gorgonzola or shredded Sharp Cheddar, OR crumbled Blue

Pizza dough (to make from scratch…go here), otherwise buy your favorite

To Assemble the Pizza: First roll out the dough and place on a lightly floured or cornmeal dusted flat cookie sheet or cutting board.  Pour the Hoisin sauce over pork in a small bowl. Preheat your grill to a medium heat. Slide dough onto the grill and cook for about two minutes a side (or until it looks slightly cooked with grill marks and flip). Grill both sides until there are grill marks. Slide crust back onto a cookie sheet. Bring in your pizza crust and place your sliced apples and pears on the pizza. Cover with pork and sprinkle with green onions. Top with the amount of cheese you desire.

Slide pizza back on to grill, turn grill on low and close lid. We turn off the burners below the pizza and keep on the the burners surrounding the pizza. Melt toppings until toasty.

If you are baking your pizza in an oven, PREHEAT YOUR OVEN to 500 degrees. Turn down to 400 and cook your crust for 5 minutes. Then pull out and top with toppings. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until crust is cooked through and toppings are hot and melted.

30 thoughts on “I Did it MY Way—Hoisin Glazed Pork Pizza

  1. Oh, boy. Hoisin! One of my favorite sauces in the right dishes . . . and this sounds like a dandy dish. From a dandy dish! ;) The combination could make an outstanding salad, too, couldn’t it! Geni, you’re always tempting and inspiring me. Yummy.

  2. A very unique type of pizza! And the combination looks so delicious sweet, savoury and fruity.

  3. Amazing combination that goes together so beautifully

  4. This pizza looks amazing, so light and healthy too. I agree with Maris the combination of flavors compliment each other so beautifully.
    BTW, I feel like I need a “no one else need me day” too! Heck I’ll even take one hour! Glad you found time to enjoy a bit of goodness in your day!

  5. “No one else needs me” breaks are required around here. At least once a week, I take several hours away, just for myself. Sometimes with friends, sometimes on my own, it helps keep this mama and wife sane. I love that you made the dinner you wanted, even if it was just for yourself!

  6. Love it Geni! Yep – have those moments all the time. My usual go-to “me” meal is pasta. How I make it is always changing, but it’s usually with things that I know only I will eat and I usually wait until the kids go to bed so I can eat in peace. ;) I never would have thought about pork on pizza, but this flavor combo does sound fun and delish. Hope you get a few more you moments this week too! :)

  7. This looks delicious! And different from the run-of-the-mill pepperoni and cheese.
    Sometimes you need to make what you want for dinner – how else are the children going to experience different tastes? And sometimes we moms need to remember to do things for ourselves :)

  8. Well! When you want to demonstrate a little independence, you don’t fool around! And did you ever create a great mix of flavors! Good for you!

  9. I’m not a mom, so I can’t relate on that front, but boy I’ll tell you this is my kind of pizza. I generally like veggie pizza, but if I were in your kitchen, I know what ever you served would be wonderful. Also, aren’t you glad I told you I’m not a mom. You were probably wondering…

  10. Oh my goodness! Am I happy that I stopped by your blog today so that I could read about your wonderful sounding pizza (your way). It sounds incredible.

  11. I hear you!
    I have been so busy lately and I just wish I could have a day just for me..forget a day..a couple of hours sounds great..
    I do make things just for me sometimes and I know how good these small gestures feel

  12. Oh, it looks like perfection!! It is officially on my “must try” list. I feel like there is nothing better than fruit paired with savory foods. I love that you got to make just what you wanted. :)

  13. You are preaching to the choir, Geni! And good for you for making your own pizza. We all deserve a little special treat just for us – and probably more than every once in a while. I hope it gave you a little lift to finish your week!

  14. Ooh Geni, this sounds so good! I’m glad to hear it turned out! I think gorgonzola and blue cheese are so similar, that either one would work, so I’m glad you went that way!! I hope your family liked it as much as you did! Also, thanks for the shout out :)

  15. Bookmarked! I LOVE hoisin sauce!

  16. I sure here ya, Geni… it seems our job never ends. Mine are grown up (an age when I was pretty independent) but they still need me… I think it’s a life sentence;) BUT so glad it is!! A night off doesn’t hurt and I think you made the best pizza ever. I’ve tasted pear pizzas with soft cheeses, but the addition of hoisin and pork.. wow!! I wouldn’t share any of that!

  17. Oh my goodness.. I just LOVE this recipe. I love pork in a dish.. especially this Glazed Pork Pizza. This is just amazingly wonderful.

  18. You had me at hoisin (or was it pizza?). Big cheer for you pleasing yourself for a change, think I shall do the same tonite with my crew ;-)

  19. This is a serious pizza and one I would eat in a flash – delicious! I reckon that your family should treat you at least every second month to a beauty treatment just for having to “sacrifice” what you want to eat to cook for teenagers, picky eaters and around food allergies.
    *Sound advice from a fellow foodie blogger* :-) Mandy

  20. that looks really tasty!!

  21. Truly one of the best things about pizzas is the fact you can create wonderful combinations of flavors like you have done here. Delish!

    • I was honestly more than a little concerned that the way we grill pizza is the “wrong way” and you would might call me on it. I know you are a nice guy and all…but we are in no way grilling experts like you and Greg. Feel free to chime in with expert advice now and then. It is welcome despite this reply.

  22. oh, and yep! i feel ya on the feeling like you need to just take care of yourself once in a while! as women i don’t think we do that nearly enough!! {{hugs}} glad you did!

  23. Geni, I love how you topped this pizza…pork, apples, pears and some hoisin sauce…so interesting…and so genius.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead…and look forward to lots of yummie posts :-)

  24. This pizza sounds amazing! Pizza topping decisions are a challenge with my family. My mom let me order pizza once and said, “and don’t just order something that only you will like” so I was SO careful, and thought really hard about what everyone else would like.
    Apparently they like meat lovers and that is all. Nothing creative, nothing different. Not even just bbq sauce instead of tomato. Apparently having six typs of bbq sauce in the fridge does not mean my mother likes it. Go figure.

    Anyhow, long story short, I no longer order the pizza. :)

  25. ZOMG I HAVE JUST WITNESSED A PIZZA OF COMPLETE AND UTTER NOM!!! I looove hoisin so much (even though I’m not a fan of plums usually), especially when mixed into some warm chicken pho at my grandparents house….. ^_^

  26. I am now going to have Frank Sinatra stuck in my head and this pizza stuck in my mind all day! Yay for taking some time and some pizza toppings into your own hands!

  27. I have been meaning to make my own pizza dough for sometime now. I’ll take inspiration from you. That pizza looks yummy.
    Geni you need to add a link for the pizza dough from scratch. The go here has no link attached. :-)

  28. Geni, this looks positively divine! I can’t wait to try it! The apple and hoisin pork pairing looks and sounds amazing! :)

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