This is just to say – I love plums, and thank you, William Carlos Williams (with a recipe for plum pizza)

PLUMS. They taste like heaven and the name rolls right off your tongue.

they taste like heaven and the name rolls right off your tongue

The Italian – or Stanley – plum tree in my yard has had a very good year.

they are delicious, so sweet….

I need a taller ladder quick, to reach those elusive clusters still swinging on high. I sat down with lunch and a beautiful book on preserving the other day –

lunch and a book…

to peruse more options for plums…there’s a pickled plum recipe that looks interesting, I might have to try before the season is over.

I just bought a dehydrater this summer, and dried many of my plums in the last few days – they are wonderful! A sweet bite with a nibble of dark chocolate… They will be great this winter, if they last! for muffins and breads, salads and such.

But another idea was forming, and I decided to try it! A test run for a possible dinner when family comes into town. Plum pizza. Upon smelling, and tasting, I deemed it worthy, and do hope you enjoy.

Italian Plum and Gorgonzola Pizza with Caramelized Onion and Toasted Walnuts

Italian Plum and Gorgonzola Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Toasted Walnuts
assembling ingredients for the pizza pie
this gluten free girl loves Udi’s (out of Denver, Colorado) pizza crusts
brushed with oilve oil and marked in a stove top grill pan
adding the sliced Italian plums to the sauteed onions
plum, caramelized onion and balsamic vinegar reduction

Pizza – one 8 inch pie

Please choose your favorite crust for this recipe! This gluten free girl loves Udi’s Pizza Crust!

  • 1  8 inch pizza crust, homemade or purchased
  • 2 c. sliced Italian plums (or any variety you like)
  • 1 c. halved, sliced onion
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil for saute
  • a splash of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 – 2/3 c. crumbled gorgonzola cheese (or to taste – gorgonzola is very rich, so my tastes go a little easy)
  • 1  1/2 c. toasted walnuts (I use a toaster oven, or more infrequently, a dry non-stick pan over medium heat, tossing the nuts often)
  • 3 -4 cloves pan roasted garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp. or to taste olive oil – for liberally brushing the pizza crust
  • fresh minced basil and thyme
  • (if desired, chicken breast or tenders, rolled in ground mixed peppercorns and sauteed)

Finely chop 1 c. of the toasted walnuts, or pulse several times in food processor. Add garlic and fresh herbs. Separately crumble the remaining half cup walnuts into small pieces.

Saute onion over medium heat (and garlic cloves, if you don’t have any on hand) in 1 tbsp. olive oil until golden brown, and beginning to soften, and caramelize. Remove garlic, set aside to cool and finely mince. Add plums to the onion pan, and saute until fragrant and plums just beginning to break down. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar, lower heat and allow to reduce. Pull from heat.

Meanwhile, heat grill, or stove-top grill pan. Brush both sides of pizza crust with oil, grill until lightly browned. Brush a tablespoon or so more oil on surface facing up. Evenly spread walnut, garlic and herb mixture over. Add sauteed plums and caramelized onion. Scatter gorgonzola cheese and crumbled walnut pieces over.

(If desired, add your chicken pieces on to the topping layers.)

Cover grill and heat pizza through. Slice and savor!

Italian Plum, Gorgonzola, Walnut and Caramelized Onion Pizza
the plum pizza with peppered chicken breast

Sometimes, when there is a chilled bowl or sack of plums, especially Italian plums, and it is hot outside, very hot, it is difficult to keep what plums I might need for recipes. I’m sure you know the feeling :

This is just to say

I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox


and which

you were probably


for breakfast.


Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold.

~ William Carlos Williams   1934

Thank you, William Carlos Williams.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Alice says:

    Love WCW and plums. The recipe looks yummy–had not ever thought of plums and pizza.

    1. Thank you, Alice! Had you come across this poem before? Do give the recipe a try if you like sweet/savory combinations. The balsamic vinegar ties the onion and plums together very nicely.

  2. Maria says:

    So lovely and delicious, Margaret!…the words and the recipe. I’m inspired–but I think I’ll try Feta as I can’t eat Gorgonzola.

    1. Thank you so much, Maria! Yes, feta would be excellent, or a goat cheese, too… Let me know how it turns out!

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