Strawberry, Basil and Balsamic Pizza

Strawberry, basil and balsamic pizza

My heart is so heavy for those affected by the tornadoes in my home state that I can’t really talk about anything else today. In case you haven’t heard on the news, a tornado two miles wide wiped out a swath of Central Oklahoma twenty miles long. It was a monster. The tornado came within 200 yards of my best friend’s home, where she lives with her husband and their sweet little girl, Ruby. Fortunately, they were safe in their storm shelter and her home is still intact.

strawberry pizza

I want to run back to home and help, but I know there is already a surplus of volunteers. Oklahomans are exceptionally compassionate and generous people. Oklahomans take care of one another.

If you want to help their efforts, you can donate to the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund here. The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is trying to connect lost pets with their owners and you can donate to their efforts here (designate OK Humane Disaster Relief Fund on the donor form). I thought I’d share these links because I know how many kind and caring people make their way to this blog. I don’t know how it happens, but it makes me happy.

strawberry basil pizza

So, pizza. I’ve been itching to share this strawberry pizza with you all for over a week now. Strawberries on a pizza might seem a little funny at first, but if you think about it, tomatoes are fruit, too. Strawberries get all juicy and roasty in the oven like tomatoes do, too. Combine them with golden mozzarella and goat cheese that melts into oblivion on a whole wheat crust and you just might find a new favorite. Top it with fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction and, you guys—this pizza is a revelation.

This pizza is also super simple to make. I took a shortcut and used store-bought (Trader Joe’s) pizza dough, but Melissa has a 10-minute pizza dough recipe if you’d like to go the homemade route. For an even quicker version, you could use pre-made flatbread or naan as the base. If you enjoy strawberries, goat cheese, basil and balsamic vinegar, I have no doubt you’ll love them combined on a pizza.

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Strawberry, Basil and Balsamic Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Strawberries roasted on top a mozzarella and goat cheese pizza, topped with fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. This pizza is outrageously good. Trust me.
Ingredients
Pizza
  • 16 ounces prepared whole wheat pizza dough
  • 1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 1½ cups (about ½ pound) chopped strawberries, leafy ends removed and sliced into ¼-inch thick rounds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chiffonade into short little strips
  • freshly ground black pepper
Balsamic reduction
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.* Roll out your pizza dough into a 12 to 14-inch round on a floured surface. Top the pizza dough with the shredded mozzarella, big crumbles of goat cheese, and strawberries. Bake on a lightly oiled baking sheet (or on a pizza stone, if you have one) until the cheese is bubbling and golden and the crust is crisp underneath, about 35 to 40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the balsamic reduction. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar and honey. Gently simmer the mixture on medium-low heat until it is reduced in volume by half (this should take about 10 to 15 minutes) and set aside.
  3. Once the pizza is done baking, top it with a sprinkle of basil and freshly ground black pepper. Slice it and use a spoon to lightly drizzle balsamic vinegar on top, as shown in pictures. Serve!
Notes
  • You'll end up with lots of extra balsamic reduction, which you can use in salad dressings, on crostini, yogurt, ice cream, tomatoes...
  • The instructions for my pizza specified to bake at 350 degrees, which I know is low for pizzas. I went ahead and baked at 350 until the cheese was bubbling all over and the crust was crisp throughout and the strawberries were juicy and roasted and I don't think it could have turned out any better. If you want to crank up the heat and keep an eye on your pizza, though, go for it.
  • If you don't like goat cheese... that is unfortunate. Just add extra mozzarella. Feta may also be good.
  • This recipe is the pizza love child of my strawberry, basil and goat cheese panini and peach, basil and ricotta flatbread, so you might enjoy those, too.

 

Comments

  1. says

    It’s actually unbelievable watching tornado footage here in Montreal…we NEVER get weather like that and I can’t even imagine how dangerous and scary that must have been for everyone!
    Hard to transition, BUT! This recipe is gorgeous and sounds totally fabulous! Love it!

  2. says

    I would have never thought of this combo but I like these on my salad, and pizza will probably be delicious!

    on a different note – its so heart breaking to see all that devastation. Sometimes all you can do it pray and hug our loved ones tighter.

  3. says

    i can understand your devastation to the tornado. i cannot imagine having something like that happen to the area i grew up and be close to my loved ones. that link of the dog being found, though, is such a sweet moment in an otherwise hellish time.

    this had to be the most beautiful pizza i’ve ever seen. basil and strawberries go so well together. it’s such a nice departure from traditional toppings.

  4. says

    This whole tornado event has had me in tears a good few days. It’s just so heartbreaking. I’m happy your friend was safe!!! Thank God.

    This pizza looks so amazingly fresh and perfect for Summer! Make me one when I visit, please?! ;0)

  5. says

    I have friends who live in Okalahoma, too, and my heart has been breaking for everyone. Being an Arkansan, they’re my next door neighbors in a sense. And on a totally unrelated note, this pizza looks divine. I know what I’m using my newly planted basil on really, really soon!

  6. says

    Such a gorgeous pizza!! I love these flavor combos!! Really love them!

    What you said about OK was so true. It is so sad and I can not even imagine going through what the people in OK must be going through. So scary.

  7. says

    Beautiful words! Thanks for sharing the links.

    And … insert segue here…the pizza looks delicious too.

    Warm thoughts,
    Liz

  8. says

    I just dropped by to say that every one of your posts is absolutely mouth watering and inspiring. So much so, that I’ve been inspired to create my own food blog and express myself through food. Thank you for the absolute beautiful posts and for the influence!

    -Long time reader, first time poster.

  9. says

    I’ve seen a couple of these pizzas kicking around recently and none looked as appetizing as yours. I swear I could take a giant bite out of the screen right now. Perfect flavour combinations

  10. says

    Ooh I love strawberry and balsamic and goat cheese… but I’ve never thought of doing a pizza with those flavors. Definitely trying this soon. Actually, I think it may feature heavily in my dreams tonight, and result in a drool soaked pillow. Thanks?

  11. says

    everything that happened in Oklahoma is just so sad and terrifying! I am certainly glad to hear that your friend is okay though!!

    I’ve done a similar rhubarb pizza before (similar in the sense that it had balsamic and goat cheese) and it was amazing…I think I definitely need to try this strawberry version!

  12. says

    I made a sweet strawberry pizza a while ago using a pastry dough. It was soooo good. Maybe too sweet. I have to try this version because strawberries on a pizza was such a revelation. Also, the devastation in OK is so horrible. My heart aches for all those affected. I watched that video of the woman finding her little dog in the rubble and I seriously wept. Then I pulled my pug close to me and uuuuugggggly cried, for real. I cannot imagine.

  13. says

    glad to hear that your friends and loved ones are ok. it’s been heartbreaking to see and hear what people have lost. but it’s been uplifting as well hearing people not giving up, and wanting to rebuild.

    strawberries are so perfect these days, it’s hard not topping any dish with them. i will have to try strawberry pizza one day, i’m intrigued.

  14. Marg says

    Made this for dinner last night in Australia. Absolutely amazing. What a great combination. Definitely one of my favourites.

  15. Anony Miss says

    Nice recipe. I wish you wouldn’t use the tragedy to get more views though. It seems really out of place.. I can understand worrying about your friends but a sentence or two would have summed it up.. don’t “milk” it.

    • says

      Hi anonymous, I would respond to you directly via email but you haven’t left a valid email address so I can do so. I want to clarify that I have spent 24 of my 27 years in Central Oklahoma. My heart resides in Oklahoma with my friends, my family and my fellow Oklahomans. I assure you that obtaining page views was not my objective in this post; rather, I was directing the kind people who visit my blog to the ways that they could help most. Right now, what first responders need most is monetary donations. I have not once promoted this post as an “Oklahoma victims” post and do not stand to benefit personally from the message in this post. I’m offended that you would assume otherwise. You’re no longer welcome on this blog and I suggest that you direct your negative energy elsewhere. Those affected by the tornado don’t deserve it and I will NOT stand for it.

  16. says

    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the devastation in Oklahoma. It was so heart wrenching to watch on the news.

    As for your pizza, it looks amazing. I’m really intrigued by the flavour combination.

  17. says

    The strawberry basil and balsamic pizza is an absolute delight Kate ! Reminded me of the Strawberry Fields pizza aka dessert we used to get at a Pizza place called Little Caesars in Perth. We are a first time visitor to Cookie and Kate and we are blown away ! Amazing look and feel and the food is looking yummy ! We are novices at blogging and me and my wife have recently started a foodiepot ourselves

    Prem & Varsha

  18. says

    The flavors in this pizza are definitely up my alley. Such a nice change of pace from typical pizza! Well done. Loved the shot of Cookie! — Thanks for the info on where to donate. I’m so glad you + your friend were safe! The news coverage was so horrifying that it was hard to believe it was real. Sending love.

  19. says

    #1 Been thinking about you and wondering how you’re doing. Skype very very soon! #2 This pizza looks awesome. #3 Thanks for linking to my crust recipe. You are bomb. xoxo

  20. Kirsten says

    YUM! Making this tonight. You are awesome!

    Also, way to go telling that Anonymous commenter what’s up. I thought your reference to the tornado was appropriate and sensitive to those affected by that horrible tornado in OK. Let’s hope plenty of people sent some aid that way after reading this.

  21. MamaC says

    Holy crap this was delicious!!!! I added shredded chicken and red onions. Absolutely perfect summer pizza!

  22. Courtney says

    I just wanted to let you know – I don’t like goat cheese (I know, I know….I feel bad I don’t like it. Any time it is served to me, I try a bite, and try to like it. I just can’t). But, I made this pizza with feta, instead. Amazing! I put grilled chicken strips on my non-veg hubby’s side. He also said it was amazing. Thank you, thank you!

    • says

      I didn’t like goat cheese until a few years ago, so I get it! I actually lived in France for a few months in college and missed out on a lot of goat cheese back then. I’m glad you both enjoyed the pizza with feta!

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