Strawberry Balsamic Bacon Pizza

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Okay, it might sound a little weird. Strawberries? Bacon? Cheese? Balsamic? What is this nonsense? You expect us to dump it on a pizza and consume it?

YES, my friends–the answer is yes. In this fabulous kitchen of Wright Time for a Schnack, we do not judge. We don’t judge ingredients when they are strange, or me when I drop dishes and food on the floor. (My most recent victim was a cake.) We might judge a little bit when we see Caty’s spastic dancing, but we love it and her all the same.

This pizza is especially delectable when you have picked the strawberries yourself. Caty and I had a lovely time scouring the fields of a local farm for the perfect berries, and once picked and purchased I myself consumed upwards of thirty of the strawberries on our ride home, until Caty told me to stop. So then I had my last one. And then six more.

We devoured this pizza for breakfast, but it could be eaten any time of the day. Caty decided to make the dough and the strawberry jam from scratch, but if you’re not feeling quite so ambitious you can always go with storebought. (Like I said–no judgement.) It somehow has the right amount of all the flavors. The salty bacon, the sweet strawberries, and the toasty bread are a perfect (if unconventional) combination. So go forth, with no judgement whatsoever, and make this pizza. Trust me on this one. You will not regret it.

Strawberry Balsamic Bacon Pizza
From Annie’s Eats

For the sauce:

¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup strawberry jam or preserves
For an easy strawberry jam, cook 2 cups strawberries, crushed and 4 teaspoons sugar over low heat until syrupy
1 tsp. sriracha chili sauce (optional)

To assemble:
1 ball pizza dough
Olive oil
1 cup shredded or diced cooked chicken
4 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked until crisp
½ cup thinly sliced yellow onion
4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 oz. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2-3 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
½ cup hulled strawberries, sliced

  1. Cook the balsamic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and let cook 4-5 minutes or until reduced by about half with a thick, syrupy texture.  In a small bowl, combine the balsamic reduction with the strawberry jam and sriracha chili sauce.  Set aside.
  2. To make the pizza, heat the oven to 500˚ F and preheat a pizza stone for at least 30 minutes.  Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round.  Lightly brush the crust of the dough with olive oil.  Spread the balsamic-strawberry mixture in a thin layer over the crust.  Layer with the cheeses, chicken, bacon, onion, cheeses, cilantro, and strawberries.
  3. Transfer the pizza to the preheated pizza stone and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 11-12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

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