Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Balsamic Strawberry Pizza!

I am two for two this week! However, if I had to choose my favorite dish from this week, I would have to go with this tasty pizza. I love a sweet and savory pizza and this pizza was all that and more! I was not sure how the strawberry jam and Sriracha chili sauce would taste in this pizza but it really made the pizza. I know it sounds weird but I promise it is so so good!!!
Adapted from Cafe Sucre Farine
1/2 cup strawberry jam or preserves (I used sugar-free and you couldn't even tell!)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Sriracha Chili Sauce (found in the oriental section of the grocery store)
Pizza dough
1 cup shredded chicken breast, from rotisserie chicken or left over chicken
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
Reduced-fat shredded Italian blend cheese
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, diced small
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Wash, hull, and slice your strawberries. Then slice your onion and chop your cilantro. Set aside.
Place 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a nonstick pan and carmelize the onions over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. You just want to get them soft and not brown them.
Place balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 4-5 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. *It may be lumpy at first but give the strawberry jam time to heat up so it will dissolve in your balsamic mixture.
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. Scatter chicken evenly over the pizza.
Place about 3/4 of the cheese on top of the dough. Scatter onion over cheese to distribute evenly. Scatter remaining cheese over this layer.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool slightly, 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and fresh diced strawberries. Serve and enjoy!

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