Friday, April 10, 2015

Foodie Friday - My ULTIMATE Cheat Night is always a home made pizza....Strawberry Balsamic Pizza Recipe

Every week I usually splurge on a meal...those meals usually consist of Mexican or Pizza. This pizza is one of my ultimate cheat meals on the weekend. I pair this Strawberry Pizza with my Cilantro Pizza and it is just AMAZING! And you can't go wrong with HOMEMADE. You actually know the ingredients that are being used for it. ENJOY:)

Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion and Applewood Bacon

·         ½ cup strawberry jam or preserves

·         ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

·         1 teaspoon Sriracha Chili Sauce

·         1 pizza dough, make your own or purchase

·         1 cup diced or shredded chicken breast

·         ½ cup applewood smoked bacon, chopped

·         ½ cup thin sliced sweet onion

·         12 ounces shredded Italian blend cheese, I used Sargento

·         ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

·         ¼ cup fresh strawberries, diced small

1.    Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2.    Place balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until reduced to half of the original volume and mixture is thick and syrupy. Add strawberry preserves and Sriracha and mix well. Set aside to cool.

3.    Pat or roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to approximately a 14 inch circle.

4.    Combine chicken with 2 tablespoons of the balsamic-strawberry mixture and mix to coat all chicken with sauce. Pour rest of sauce onto pizza dough and spread to cover. Leave a 1 inch border all around the edge. Scatter chicken evenly over the sauce.

5.    Place about ¾ of the cheese on top of dough and spread to cover sauce evenly. Scatter bacon and sweet onion over cheese to distribute evenly. Scatter remaining cheese over this layer.

6.    Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Watch carefully, at this temperature it is easy to burn the pizza!

7.    Remove from oven and let cool slightly, 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and fresh diced strawberries. Serve and enjoy!

*You can purchase pizza dough from Whole Foods, Trader Jo's and many other grocery stores. Often pizzerias will sell a ball of their own dough.

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