Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions

A few nights ago, I went out to dinner and had sweet potato fries. A whole order. And chicken wings. And a quesadilla. With bacon. I may have over-eaten by just a little bit. It was kind of awkward.

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However, despite the obscene amount of food I ate the night before, all I could think about the next day was making this pizza. There were strawberries in my fridge and I had a weird, aching desire to  throw a bunch of these crazy flavors together on to a delicious whole wheat crust. I was literally a women possessed.

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So, I somehow found the strength to cook this baby up and squeeze it in my still-stuffed stomach. Best decision ever. The flavor combination was so unique and just worked.

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The onions were both sweet and salty, the blue cheese added a bit of tang, and the sweet balsamic reduction and strawberries complimented each other perfectly. Buying a prepared pizza dough meant that the dish will be ready in no time at all.

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This pizza is the perfect easy dinner, whether you’re actually hungry or not (ahem).

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Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes |Total time: 25 minutes

Yield 2-4 servings

Pizza

  • 16 oz prepared whole wheat pizza dough (I found my at Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced about ¼ inch thick
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles
  • About 10 basil leaves, julienned

Balsamic reduction

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Let pizza dough sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before using. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stretch dough to edges of pan, making it as even as possible. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over dough, seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.

While oven is preheating, dice onion and garlic cloves and add to a heated skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook until onions are translucent and begin to caramelize, about 20 minutes.

Bake the dough for approximately 5 minutes, until edges are slightly golden brown and have begun to firm. Remove the  crust out of the oven and top with the onions. Spread the strawberries out evenly over the crust. Do the same with the blue cheese. Finally, sprinkle the basil over the pizza. Stick the whole thing back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and edges have browned.

While the pizza is baking, combine the balsamic vinegar and honey in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until mixture is reduced by half. Remove from heat.

As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven, drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Slice up and serve immediately. Yuuum.

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8 thoughts on “Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions

  1. This sounds amazing! I love sweet/salty anything and strawberry balsamic together. AND blue cheese. and caramelized onions. You’ve just combined all of my favorites 🙂

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