11 November 2011
Between university work and even more university work I haven't had the time to post anything on here for ages, and chances are that I won't in the near future. When I came across this recipe for a strawberry and bacon pizza by Chris over at the Cafe Sucre Farine, though, I knew that there was no point in trying to resist the temptation of making it - and since I was trying it out anyway, there's no reason not to write up a short post on it as well, right?
The idea of putting strawberries on a pizza may strike some of you as odd - I'd certainly never heard of it before - but as it turns out, it's absolutely genius. If only my pizza base had been better (my first attempt was too soggy, the second rather too bready, gah!) this would be right up there in my top-5 all-time favourite pizzas. The only problem is that strawberries are darn expensive in the autumn/winter! Anywho, here's Chris' recipe (converted to metric measurements for my fellow Europeans; if you prefer cups and to ml, head on over to the original post which I linked to above) -
(Serves 2-3 people)
- 60ml Balsamic Vinegar
- 120ml Strawberry Jam
- 1tsp Sriracha chili sauce - I replaced this to taste with a generic 'hot sauce' the my old flatmate had left behind, which worked splendidly
- Pizza dough - Unfortunately I don't have a good recipe to share with you, this basic recipe from Delia is the best I've found thus far..
- 235ml pre-cooked shredded Chicken Breast - odd measurement for chicken, I know, I used 2 small/medium breasts
- 120ml Smoked Bacon - I used about 8 rashers of streaky bacon, don't know if that's 120ml/½ a cup or not but it seemed like a good amount!
- A handful of thinly sliced Sweet Onion
- 340grams of Cheese, grated - Chris' used Sargento, I used about 2/3 cheddar and 1/3 Parmesan, aka what I had at home
- A handful of Coriander leaves
- A handful and a bit of chopped up Strawberries - I used about 10 medium sized berries
1) Prepare your dough & roll it out - doing so on a lightly (corn) floured sheet of baking paper will make life a lot easier for you in the near future.Regardless of your baking sheet preferences, however, do use cornflour. I didn't for one of my attempts and it wasn't pretty. Luckily the dough was soggy and rubbish anyway so it didn't matter too much!
2) Set your oven to 230c. Grab a saucepan and poor in your balsamic vinegar, place over heat and bring to the boil then reduce and leave to simmer for about 5 minutes or until it has reduced to half and thickened up a bit - then add your jam and chili sauce and remove from the heat.
3) Put your chicken in a bowl and add 2tbsp of the balsamic vinegar mixture to it and coat the chicken; pour the rest of the mixture onto the pizza and spread out evenly.
4) Sprinkle about 3/4 of your cheese onto the pizza base, then add the chicken, bacon and onion, and finally the remaining cheese.
5) Put your pizza in the oven and bake for about 8-12 minutes (it varies from oven to oven, so keep an eye on it!) at which point the cheese should be nice and bubbly and the crust golden brown.
6) Remove from the oven, then add the strawberries and coriander leaves and serve!
I for one think Chris is a genius for coming up with this - it's completely different to any other pizza I've had, and the sweetness of the fresh strawberries is really nicely balanced by the chili in the base, and perfectly complemented by the smoky bacon. Absolutely beautiful, thanks Chris!