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Strawberry Balsamic Bacon Pizza Cooking View

Confession time: I’ve known about this pizza for the better part of a year, and I haven’t shared it with you yet.  Shame on me.  But you see, I had good intentions.  I first tried this pizza last summer, right at the tail end of strawberry season.  Really, I think I used our last container of strawberries to make it before they started to go south fast.  And we loved it.  This presented a dilemma.  Share the pizza with you then, when (a) strawberries were no longer available or (b) you might be tempted to make it with flavorless berries, or (c) wait all fall and winter until strawberry season arrived again.  You can see which route I opted to take, and I think it was the right one.

Now that good berries are  available, I suggest you find some, make this, and prepare to be wowed.  If you think the idea of strawberries on pizza is completely strange, I was right there with you before I had tried it.  This was a recipe I initially tried simply because I was intrigued, and I think we had extra bacon in the fridge.  Suffice it to say, we dreamed about this pizza all through the fall and winter months.  When I made it again recently, I served it to guests who were also politely skeptical but just like me, they are now fully convinced.  The flavor combinations may seem odd but I swear, it just works.  The sweet-savory-mild spiciness is awesome.  Give it a chance, you won’t be sorry!

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Strawberry Balsamic Bacon Pizza
Yield: 1 12- to 14-inch pizza

Ingredients

For the sauce:
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup good quality strawberry jam or preserves
1 tsp. sriracha chili sauce

To assemble:
1 ball pizza dough
Olive oil, for brushing
1 cup shredded or diced cooked chicken
4 slices applewood smoked bacon, diced and 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
Scant ½ cup hulled strawberries, diced

Cooking View

Directions

  • Add the balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan over medium-high 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.

  • 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 perimeter of the dough with olive oil.  Spread the balsamic-strawberry mixture in a thin layer over the crust.  Layer with the chicken, bacon, onion, cheeses, cilantro, and strawberries.

  • 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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  • http://www.blognewblack.com/ Blog is the New BLack

    What a delicious combo!

  • Jenna

    What is a good substitute for the chili sauce. Or can I make it myself? I really just don’t want to buy another something to sit in my fridge, lol

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page regarding substitutions. Thanks!

  • http://themollybuckley.com/ still being [Molly]

    oh my gosh this looks ahhhhhhhhhhhhhmazing. i was thinking about going and picking fresh berries this weekend. YES!

  • http://www.bakeyourday.net/ Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    These flavors are so fantastic, Annie! Just thinking about balsamic with strawberries makes my mouth water!

  • http://thecafesucrefarine.blogspot.com/ The Café Sucré Farine

    Hi Annie,
    I’m so glad you enjoyed my pizza recipe! It’s definitely been an all time favorite recipe here at The Café! I’m actually planning to re-post it myself on Friday since it’s strawberry peak here and as I created it and posted it so early in my blog and have so many new readers since then. I love your photos, you’re making me hungry! :)

  • http://em-and-am.com/ Amanda

    Oh, I am so never going to go on that diet I keep telling myself to go on. I’ll buy new clothes if I can eat this every day. What a great-looking pizza!

  • Mary Loyal

    yum! we have gotten so many strawberries in our CSA box lately, i’ve been trying to think of new and exciting ways to use them. i cannot wait to try this!

  • Shawn @ I Wash…You Dry

    Those flavors sound so fresh and tasty! I love Strawberry season! Thanks!

  • Michele

    I am making this for dinner tonight!! I have everything I need, it must be fate! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Lindsay C

    Just make lots of pizza! :)

  • http://reinidays.wordpress.com/ Jill

    I would have never thought in a million years to put strawberries on pizza, but now you’ve got me interested! Looks delicious!

  • Lanette

    This looks so yummy! I’ll have to wait a bit longer myself. Our local berries don’t really come into season until mid to late June. It will be along wait!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com/ Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I’m going to trust you on this one and give it a try! Looks pretty darn tasty!

  • Danielle

    Substitute the parmesan cheese for feta…really kicks it up a notch!

  • http://www.evabakes.blogspot.com/ Eva @ Eva Bakes

    Hmmm, the strawberries on pizza thing sounds like something I need to try soon!

  • http://www.bakedbyrachel.com/ Rachel

    I would never think to put these flavors together. Looks great!

  • Kate

    Annie, do you have a pizza stone you would recommend, or qualities you would suggest looking for in a pizza stone? thanks!

  • Angela

    Yum! I first was introduced to strawberries on pizza at a wine festival and I cringed at first. It was a strawberry flatbread pizza. They used mascarpone for the sauce. One bite and I was hooked! I figured out how to make it at home and am hooked. Yummy with a glass of white wine. Now I will have to try this strawberry pizza to mix it up a little. Thanks for sharing!

  • annieseats

    Mainly a nice large size (at least 14 inches) and something that seems sturdy/durable (which I know is hard to gauge). Another nice feature is if they have “feet” to elevate them a bit. I had two Pampered Chef brand stones bust on me so I invested in a nicer one from Williams Sonoma and it’s been going strong for two years now. It’s rectangular and costs $45 if that helps you find it :)

  • http://www.blogcurator.blogspot.com/ dervla @ The Curator

    just found you via A Beautiful Mess who posted about your black and white cookies. Definitely going to become a reader now :)

  • http://www.blogcurator.blogspot.com/ dervla @ The Curator

    Hi Annie, just found you via A Beautiful Mess today. Definitely becoming a reader. Lovely blog :)

  • http://heartsinmyoven.blogspot.in/ Lynna

    Oh, i think this would taste super yummy! :D

  • http://www.hippiedogcompany.com/ Lauren – Hippie Dog Co.

    This looks absolutely amazing and it’s so nice to try something different! So glad you shared!!!

  • rita mi

    Very excited to try this!

  • http://katieskitchenblog.com/ Katie C

    Many of your readers are in a different part of the world, and a different season.

  • Kat

    Oh so now us poor Australians have to wait all winter! :) I’m sure it’ll make it all the more exciting to make.
    What’s sriracha chilli sauce?

  • http://www.pink-parsley.com/ Josie

    Dude, I love this pizza so much. So, so good!

  • http://paleyellow.net/ Tracy {Pale Yellow}

    I’m glad I trust you Annie because this recipe you looks too weird to be good. I have no doubts however that it is delicious! I can’t wait to try!

  • http://thefigtree.blogspot.com/ Courtneyraejones

    Wow! What a unique pizza! Looking forward to trying this out Annie :)

  • http://atthepatisserie.wordpress.com/ Ann P.

    This pizza sounds BOMB, especially the sauce! So glad you remembered to share this gem with us! Strawberries are my favorite fruit, and we just picked up a 4-lb clamshell from Costco. :) It’s pizza time!

  • http://snixykitchen.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    What a great combination! Strawberries and bacon are two of my favorites…

  • http://twitter.com/JenatPBandP PB and Peppers

    Wonderful pizza!! I have to make this recipe! It looks and sounds amazing!!

  • Ciao_bella_1970

    This sounds incredible. This goes to the top of my list!

  • Nora_Mae_Naylor

    If it is anything like your strawberry bruschetta, I’ll be in love.

  • Vicki Bensinger

    I saw this on Chris’s site and loved it then. I love it even more now. I only wish it was earlier in the day so I could make it instead of wanting to eat this at bedtime.

  • http://www.chocolateandchillies.blogspot.com/ Asiya

    This looks interesting…do you think this would work without the bacon? We don’t eat pork.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janelle.nutter Janelle Rountree Nutter

    I found this recipe on Café Sucré Farine (via Pinterest) in November, and I’ve been making it once every three or so weeks since then. I LOVE it! I use BBQ sauce instead of the Sriracha, and I lightly saute the onions before putting them on the pizza. It’s sooooooo good!

  • SusieHomemakerMD.com

    Oh, yum yum yum! I am making this pizza ASAP and will be adding a generous sprinkling of goat cheese, too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    This is amazing!! Strawberries on pizza…who would have thought? :)

  • Michele

    I ended up making this last night and it was amazing!!! I shared with a neighbor and it was loved by all. Thanks for posting Annie!

  • Cassandra Flannery

    Oh, My husband is going to LOVE this!! Just last night, he asked if I could make something with Bacon :)

  • Maire

    I love adding a dash of balsamic vinegar to fresh strawberries, great combo. I’m still a little skeptical but my curiosity sends this baby right to the top of my must try list!

  • Abby

    That looks delicious! Will definitely be trying this weekend!

  • LP @dishclips

    Looks like a sweet pizza.

  • http://www.branappetit.com/ Branappetit

    This sounds fantastic! I made a pizza almost exactly like this last summer with our fresh figs, but our strawberries are just now coming in. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Stephanie Graves

    What a unique flavor combination! Sounds so intriguing!!

  • Macaroniandcheesecake

    What a unique flavor combination! This is very intriguing! I’m going to have to try it!

  • Clynch

    This turned out amazing! Skeptical people thoroughly enjoyed it…thanks Annie!

  • Kathryn

    Wow! Gorgeous.

  • TCH

    made it with turkey bacon today, and it is yummy!

  • http://passionmeetscreativity.blogspot.com/ Sheyla

    Oh la la, this pizza looks really yummy!!! I bought fresh strawberries today, I should should try it asap :)

  • Kim Hurren

    OK, not only does this look amazing, it is! The only change I made was to use asiago cheese rather than mozzarella which I don’t see any point of using. This is very good and the dough is some of the best I have ever used. Thanks, Annie, this one was great

  • http://spice-is-nice.com/ Jacqueline

    made this last night and now have my new favorite pizza!!!

  • Liz S

    We made this last week and it was fabulous! I already want to make it again! My husband was skeptical, but he loved it, too.

  • Kate

    terrific, thank you!

  • Kate

    I would suggest you try this sauce as I consider this sauce as a fridge staple. I use it to add spice to any Asian dish, and use quite a bit in fried rice particularly (I use a recipe similar to Heidi’s at 101cookbooks.com). its also great on eggs or other breakfast foods needing a little kick. just my two cents!

  • Roanna

    I can’t wait to try it out! :-)

  • http://its-just-a-little-blog.blogspot.com/ little bit

    this looks wonderful! I always love your recipes and I can’t wait to try this one.

    I made your lemon garlic kabobs last night, but added some fresh rosemary and sriracha sauce… heavenly! my husband loved them. thanks!

  • Chrissy

    Wow, this was absolutely amazing! I ate more of it than I care to share…thanks so much for this recipe. I love your blog :)

  • http://www.we-love-pasta.de/ Tina

    I had no time for preparing a pizza dough, so I decided to make an Alsatian Flammkuchen with your recipe. First, my family was also sceptical, but in the end they loved it and so did I. Thanks for this great recipe!

  • http://profiles.google.com/beantownsara Sara Anderson

    Annie, this was awesome!! Thank you so much for inspiring me to try something I normally wouldn’t. Typically I would look at this recipe and think “how weird.” We made it tonight and absolutely loved it. This pizza will become a staple. :)

  • Rachel

    Delicious combination of flavors! I could have used more instruction/tips on transferring the pizza to the stone, though. Any pizza amateurs like myself, either assemble the pizza on the preheated stone or use a lot of flour on a flexible cutting board. I ended up having to fold mine over into a calzone, which worked out fine and was scrumptious!

  • C170flyer

    Just made this and it ROCKED! My husband was skeptical at first, but the smell of it cooking in the oven lured him in, and after the first bite he was hooked! Excellent recipe Annie- Thank you!

  • annieseats

    I just use the parchment paper to make the transfer and leave it under the pizza while it cooks. Very easy!

  • Alison Jamison

    Thank you so much for posting this, and I understand about waiting until strawberries are in season. I think this pizza has changed my life-it is so good! My husband wants to eat it (at least) once a week until we can’t get fresh ripe strawberries.

  • Michelle Hudak

    This pizza was DELICIOUS, except mine was a huge mess. How do you move the pizza to the heated stone without ruining it?

  • annieseats

    If you see the actual pizza dough post linked here, I cover my pizza assembly and transfer methods. Hope that helps!

  • Jaye

    We made ths on the grill last night and it was awesome! It is a little messy to eat but, the favor is really good.

  • Michelle Hudak

    Do you leave it on the parchment paper when you move it to the stone? Parchment paper says its only over safe up to about 420 degrees

  • annieseats

    Yes, I do. The brands vary but no matter what I use, it’s always been fine at 500.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Yoder/137900027 Anna Yoder

    Annie! Thank you for much for waiting to share this recipe until the berries were back in season. It’s encouraging to see people celebrate the beauty of what each season has to offer… and not demand strawberries in January. As a huge locavore, I really appreciate it. Thanks again. Your blog is so great.

  • annieseats

    Aw, thanks Anna!

  • gfaithd

    Absolutely delicious! My parents weren’t thrilled when I announced I was making Strawberry Balsamic Bacon Pizza (“I’m not really in the mood for something weird,” my mom said), but after one bite, the whole family was won over. Thanks!

  • Mie B

    I made this today…..soooo good! The fresh cilantro was such a perfect tough! YUM! Can’t wait for the leftovers tomorrow :-)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YD6KIVBOQ33PRD6ZAP2OKWVL2A Michelle

    I have made this twice in the past 3 weeks since my boyfriend and I love it so! To save prep time, I use a store-bought whole wheat crust, and turkey bacon (which I still crisp in a pan)- it is awesome. Thanks for your creative and tasty recipes Annie!!

  • Barb

    We made this as one of the appetizers during our Indy 500 weekend last month. It was FABULOUS!! Even though our strawberries here were in season, and weren’t the best they’ve ever been, it was still utterly delightful, and I think everyone who tried it really liked it. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  • Kristin

    Um, amazing. Lovely combination of flavors. One of our all-times favorites for sure!