Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Arugula, Feta, and Basil

Paired with salty and tangy ingredients, strawberries do savory as well as sweet.  Substitute goat cheese for the feta if you like.

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 14-inch pizza crust (whole wheat is good here)
Olive oil
2-3 oz shredded mozzarella
1 1/2 cups chopped arugula
3 oz crumbled feta
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

Combine the strawberries and vinegar in a bowl and toss to coat thoroughly. Toss a few more times while you prepare the rest of the pizza.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Lightly paint the pizza crust with olive oil.

Spread the mozzarella over the oiled crust, then top with arugula.  Using your fingers or a slotted spoon, remove strawberries from the vinegar and scatter them over the pizza (discard any remaining vinegar or use it to make salad dressing). Top with feta and a grind or two of black pepper.

Bake the pizza for 15-18 minutes, until the crust is done and the cheese begins to brown.  When you remove it from the oven, top with the basil and serve.

Serves 3-4.

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