Balsamic Strawberry Pizza
For the crust
- 3/4 cup warm water (105-110 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 2 cups bread flour
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 packet (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
For the sauce
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup good quality strawberry jam or preserves
- 1 tsp. sriracha chili sauce
- olive oil, for brushing
- 1 cup shredded or diced cooked chicken
- 4 slices applewood smoked bacon, diced and cooked
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
- 4 oz. shredded Mozzarella
- 2 oz. grated Parmesan
- 2-3 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
- scant 1/2 cup strawberries, diced
Warm the water in the microwave, about 15 seconds, and use a thermometer to gauge the temperature if you have one. Mix the water and yeast together in a small bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes, until foamy.
In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, sugar and salt together.
Pour the olive oil and the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon (or your fingers) until blended thoroughly. Knead, adding small amounts of flour as you go if the dough is sticky, until it is smooth.
Rub a small amount of olive oil inside a medium bowl and transfer the dough to the oiled bowl, turning to coat in oil. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 60 minutes.
In the meantime, cook and dice the bacon; cook the chicken according to the method you prefer; prep your toppings; and prepare your sauce.
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and, if using a pizza stone, place it in the oven to get hot.
After the dough has risen, deflate the air out of it with your fist. On either a floured pizza peel or a piece of parchment paper on a large cutting board, roll out the dough into a 12 or 14-inch crust.
Cover with a towel and let sit for 15-20 minutes to rest.
Remove the towel and brush the edges of the pizza with a bit of olive oil. Next, layer all of the ingredients on it, starting with a layer of the sauce. Then layer with chicken, bacon, onion, cheeses, cilantro and strawberries.
Transer to the pizza stone using either the peel or the parchment paper with cutting board for support. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is lightly browned.
Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.