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Balsamic-Pear Flatbread & Summer Gazpacho

Crisp lavash bread, balsamic caramelized pears and goat cheese. Served with refreshing green gazpacho soup. Pizza night just got fancy!

PRODUCE, SPICES & SAUCES:

3 cloves garlic

2 japanese pears

3 lemons

1 avocado

1 granny smith apple

2 hatch peppers

4 oz spinach

8 oz cucumber

3 green onions

1 jalapeño

Mint

Dill

Basil

Sunflower seeds - ⅓ cup

COMPLETE MEAL BAG:

2 lavash breads

16 oz goat cheese

½ cup vegetable broth

PANTRY ITEMS:

2 tbsp olive oil

½ cup balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Keep goat cheese in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Make balsamic pears:
    1. Slice pears into quarters. Cut out core and slice quartered pieces into very thin wedges. Peel and slice garlic.
    2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a saute pan over high heat. Carefully place pear slices into the pan and brown for 3-5 minutes. Flip pears, turn heat down to med-low. Add garlic, ½ cup balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp honey. Cook uncovered 5-10 minutes, until balsamic thickens. Take off heat, cover and set aside to cool.
    3. Thinly chiffonade basil (see back for instructions). Set aside for flatbreads.
  • Make gazpacho:
    1. Core and slice apple. Scoop flesh of avocado. Cut green onions, hatch peppers, cucumber, and jalapeño (use seeds for a spicier soup) into bite sized pieces. Destem dill and mint. Set all aside together.
    2. Place spinach, zest and juice of the lemons, sunflower seeds, ½ cup veggie broth, 1 tsp sea salt, and 1 tsp black pepper into a blender and puree until smooth. Add remaining veggies and herbs, being sure not to overfill the blender. You may have to blend in 2-3 batches. If veggies are not breaking down or mixture gets too thick, add more broth.
    3. Once all ingredients are well combined, place in refrigerator or freezer to chill.
  • Make flatbreads:
    1. Place 2 lavash breads on baking sheet and brush with a thin layer of olive oil. Evenly pour half of balsamic pear mixture over the lavash.
    2. Using your hands, break up half of goat cheese into chunks sprinkle on top. Place in middle rack of oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, repeat with 2 more breads.
  • Serve:
    1. Cut each flatbread into 6 slices and serve with cooled gazpacho. Enjoy!