Okay, okay I know it’s snowing out today and doesn’t feel like spring (let alone summer) will EVER arrive but I feel that days like today are the best ones to make a bright summery dinner and try to forget what’s going on outside!
This pizza will make you believe, even just for a minute, that you are chowing down on a patio with the sun shining on your face and a cold beer in hand. To have this pizza for dinner tonight you will need:
- Pizza Dough (I use Pillsbury Pizza Dough SUE ME!)
- 2 c cooked Chicken, shredded or sliced
- ½ Yellow Onion, thinly sliced
- ½ c Strawberries, diced
- ¼ c Cilantro, finely chopped
- ¼ c Mozzarella, shredded
- ¼ – ½ a round of Brie, chilled in the freezer and grated (or just sliced thinly)
For the Strawberry Balsamic Pizza Sauce:
- ½ small jar of Strawberry Jam
- ¼ c of Balsamic Vinegar
- 1tsp-1tbsp Sriracha
Or you could use a tangy BBQ sauce if don’t want to make your own Strawberry Balsamic Pizza Sauce.
Preheat the oven to 400 and while that heats up get the balsamic vinegar into a sauce pot. Bring the vinegar to a light boil and then reduce it to a simmer and let it bubble until it has reduced by about half (5 minutes). You my friend have just made yourself a “balsamic reduction” so don’t be too impressed when you see that term on a menu! To the balsamic reduction add the jam and Sriracha and stir to combine, remove from heat (also add salt and pepper to taste).
Get the pizza dough into your preheated oven (don’t forget to poke it with a fork so you don’t get any massive bubbles in the crust). While you’re waiting for the dough to bake slice or shred your cooked chicken, grate the cheese, slice the onion, and chop the strawberries and cilantro.
Once the dough is ready top it with your Strawberry Balsamic Pizza Sauce then layer on the chicken, onion, half of the strawberries, and the cheese. Bake this for another 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted. Lastly, top with the remainder of the strawberries and cilantro. Enjoy!
If you need something cool to wash down a delicious slice of this pizza I would recommend a Fruli! Strawberry beer with strawberry pizza – match made in heaven!
Here is the recipe that inspired this dish (originally it included bacon, nice touch!) http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2011/07/strawberry-balsamic-pizza-with-chicken/
PS – I am aware that I have promised a Meal Planning Pt. II blog post and I intend to deliver, but quite honestly it’s harder than I thought it would be! Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait when it finally gets finished!