Strawberry, Basil and Balsamic Pizza
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 35 mins
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 8 slices
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Italian
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.
- 16 ounces prepared whole wheat pizza dough
- 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella
- 5 ounces goat cheese
- 1 1/2 cups (about 1/2 pound) chopped strawberries, leafy ends removed and sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chiffonade into short little strips
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.