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Duck + Mushroom Pizza with Pears and Honey-Herbed Goat Cheese

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Duck + Mushroom Pizza with Pears and Honey-Herbed Goat Cheese is decadent, delicious and perfect for a cozy night in. 

duck, pear and mushroom pizza

Why You’ll Love Duck + Mushroom Pizza

This is the kind of pizza you make when you want something a little fancy, but also comforting! 

Duck breast is rich, hearty and flavorful. Caramelized mushrooms bring umami to the party. Pears provide a slightly sweet, fresh texture. Honey-herbed goat cheese…because goat cheese! And then, you drizzle a little balsamic reduction over everything at the end. 

Your taste buds will be singing!

slices of duck and mushroom pizza

Ingredients You Need for Duck + Mushroom Pizza

Grab those pantry staples: olive oil, kosher salt + black pepper. In addition, you’ll need:

  • Fresh goat cheese —the soft, spreadable variety that comes in a log.
  • Fresh herbs — parsley, thyme and rosemary.
  • Honey — your favorite variety.
  • Moulard Magret duck breast — You can typically find D’Artagnan brand in higher-end groceries, and it is also available online. Also check with your local butcher. It should be boneless, with the fat cap + skin intact.
  • Mushrooms — I’ve made this with a single variety and a blend of wild mushrooms. Both great!
  • Naan bread — this is my go-to for making pizza easy. They’re the perfect size for a generous single-serve pizza, or great for sharing as an appetizer.
  • Seckel pears — I love these little gems when they’re in season. They hold up great when cooked. If you can’t find them, try a Bosc pear instead.
  • Balsamic glaze — store-bought, or make your own reduction.
raw ingredients for duck and mushroom pizza

Prepare the Honey-Herbed Goat Cheese

Start with room temperature or softened goat cheese. In a medium bowl, combine the cheese with chopped herbs and honey until well mixed. That’s it! Set this aside until it’s time to assemble the pizzas.

drizzling honey over goat cheese in a bowl

Sear the Duck Breast

The first time I cooked duck breast, I was a little terrified. I mean, it’s not a cheap cut of meat and what if I ruined it? Here’s the reality…it’s kind of hard to screw it up. Really!

The first thing you’re going to do is score the skin of the duck with sharp knife. Make really shallow cuts. You want to just cut through the skin and maybe a tiny bit of the fat layer, but don’t cut all the way down to the meat. 

Do this diagonally in one direction, then in the opposite direction to create a cross-hatch pattern. Season all over with salt + pepper and let it rest for 15 minutes.

cross-hatched skin of a duck breast

Related video: watch how to prep and sear duck breast in this Instagram Reel!

Now, place the duck in a cold skillet, skin side down, then place it on a burner set to medium. As soon as the skillet comes up to temp, you’ll see the duck fat begin to render. It happens pretty quick. Leave it alone for 6 to 8 minutes so the skin gets really crisp. Adjust the heat down just a bit if it appears to be getting too hot.

Flip it over and cook for an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Remove it to a cutting board and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. After rested, make thin slices across the grain.

Drain the duck fat from the skillet, returning 1 tablespoon back to the skillet.

duck breast being seared in a pan

Caramelize the Mushrooms

Put that skillet with the reserved duck fat back on the burner over medium heat. Add the mushroom and season them with salt and pepper. As they cook, they’ll release water. Allow the water to evaporate and the mushrooms to turn a golden brown on the surface. 

Assemble the Duck + Mushroom Pizzas

Place the naan on sheet pans (you can line with foil or parchment for easy cleanup). Brush the surface with olive oil. Divide the duck, mushrooms, and sliced pears between the naan. 

Drop dollops of the honey-herbed goat cheese over each pizza (I just use my fingers to do this), and bake in a 400°F oven for 10 minutes.

Slice the pizzas into wedges — I recommend a large, sharp knife for this — and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

assembled pizzas before baking

Common Questions for Duck + Mushroom Pizza

Do I have to use naan?

That’s just my preference because I love the ease and flavor — plain, garlic, whole grain. You can bake your own pizza shells or use your favorite store-bought pizza crust or flat bread.

Can I save the duck fat?

Yes! When you remove it from the skillet, drain it directly into a small freezer safe container. Once it cools, cover and freeze. Here are 10 ways you can use that duck fat.

I want to make my own balsamic glaze. How do I do that?

Start with 1 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. I don’t typically add any sweetener, but if you want, you can add a tablespoon of brown sugar, honey or maple syrup. Bring it to a boil over medium-high, then reduce to medium-low and simmer. You can gauge when it’s ready if it coats the back of a spoon. How far you reduce it is up to you, but keep in mind that it will thicken as it cools. 

slices of duck and mushroom pizza drizzled with balsamic

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Duck + Mushroom Pizza with Honey-Herbed Goat Cheese

Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller
Duck + Mushroom Pizza with Pears and Honey-Herbed Goat Cheese is decadent, delicious and perfect for a cozy night in. 
Prep time.10 minutes
Cook time.33 minutes
Custom time.15 minutes
Total time.58 minutes
Course.Main Course
Cuisine.American
Number of servings.4 pizzas
Calories per serving.340 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounce goat cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoon flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • teaspoon honey
  • 1 pound Moulard Magret duck breast, boneless
  • kosher salt + fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon rendered duck fat, reserved from searing the duck
  • 8 ounce mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 loaves naan
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Seckel pears, thinly sliced (or 1 Bosc pear)
  • balsamic glaze, store-bought or homemade (see notes)

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine goat cheese with all three herbs and honey until thoroughly mixed. Set aside until you're ready to assemble the pizzas.
  • Prepare the duck breast by making very shallow diagonal cuts across the skin of the duck breast. Repeat in the other direction to create a cross hatch pattern. Avoid cutting all the way through the fat layer. Season with salt + pepper and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Place the duck breast in cold skillet, skin side down. Set it on the burner over medium heat. Sear for 6 to 8 minutes on the skin side, then flip it and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes (it will be medium rare at this point, and will ). Remove it to a plate to rest.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Reserve 1 tbsp of the duck fat in the skillet. (Drain the rest into a small freezer safe container. Allow to cool, then freeze for another use.)
  • Saute the mushrooms in the duck fat over medium heat until they are golden brown, season with salt + pepper. Don't fuss with them too much while they cook. While the mushrooms are caramelizing, cut the duck breast into thin slices.
  • To assemble, place naan loaves on a sheet pan and brush with olive oil. Divide the duck, mushrooms and pears between two loaves. Top with dollops of goat cheese.
  • Bake for 10 min. Slice and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Notes

To make homemade balsamic glaze: Start with 1 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. I don’t typically add any sweetener, but if you want, you can add a tablespoon of brown sugar, honey or maple syrup. Bring it to a boil over medium-high, then reduce to medium-low and simmer. You can gauge when it’s ready if it coats the back of a spoon. How far you reduce it is up to you, but keep in mind that it will thicken as it cools. 

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Talk about a gourmet pizza!! You cant’ get this at a restaurant. This sounds wonderful. The perfect dinner for date night with a nice glass of wine.