If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a bajillion times. I ♥ pizza the most. It’s simple, quick and easy though it’s that one dish you can take from simple to over the top indulgent! I like traditional as well as unconventional. This recipe is more unconventional. It’s what Mr. Fantabulous would call a ‘Snobby Pie’ because it is. No pepperoni (though we have bacon – but then bacon goes with EVERYTHING!), no red sauce and wait what… Strawberries? Yep!
This pizza takes you from you every day old standby to something totally unexpected. It’s sweet and savory with hint of familiarity. I mean it’s still pizza after all.
I would advise making this pizza either as smaller personal ones or a large one that will be eaten in one setting. Due to it having fresh fruit on it, it’s not recommended to be reheated. The berries are so soft from baking that if they set in the fridge they may get watery. But trust me, you won’t have leftovers with this pizza.
And this balsamic glaze! We need to talk about this glaze!
See I’m not a huge fan of balsamic vinegar on it’s own. I’ve had good quality ones as cheaper ones. It’s just a taste I’m not fond of that much. HOWEVER something magical happens to this stuff when you make it as a reduction sauce. It gets all thick, syrupy and totally yummy. Now with this when you whisk in the honey…. OMG! No really… O M G! I couldn’t resist dipping my fingers in and “re-tasting” it… a few times.
With the berries and glaze, even the feta this pizza needed something to offset the sweetness. Now you could easily use prosciutto (put it on after it’s baked) though I wanted bacon. That crispy bacon gave the perfect amount of saltiness to compliment the pizza.
If you wanted to even make this more colorful add on some arugula after it’s done too! That would be AWESOME on this pizza!Print
- 1 16 ounce Best Pizza Dough
- 10 strips thick cut bacon
- 2–3 cups 1/4” sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 Tbl poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 Tbl honey
- Follow the instructions on making the pizza dough.
- Thirty minutes before baking (and the dough is ready), place a Pizza Screen
- on the lower third rack or invert a metal pan and place on the rack.
- Preheat oven to 500F for 30 minutes. *if using a Pizza Screen , do not preheat the screen but place the oven rack on the lower third rung.
- If using the pizza stone or inverted pan, stretch out the dough and place on a flour dusted paddle. If you don’t have a paddle stretch out on a flour/corn meal dusted parchment paper.
- In a small sauce pan over medium high heat add the balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to allow and allow to reduce by half ~10-12 minutes.
- While the vinegar is reducing, fry the bacon for 5-8 minutes per side and set aside to drain. When the bacon is cool enough, crumble.
- Once the sauce has reduce by half, remove from heat and whisk in the honey.
- Place the vinegar mixture back on the heat and simmer.
- Stretch the dough into a round, thin crust, leaving the outer edge slightly thicker.
- Place the bacon crumbles on top of the pizza dough leaving a 1/2” rim for the crust.
- Top with strawberry slices, crumbled feta, black pepper and poppy seeds.
- Bake on the lower rack for 8 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and drizzle with the balsamic honey glaze.
If you didn’t want to use bacon, I would add prosciutto and arugula after the pizza is done then drizzle the balsamic glaze over top! YUM!