Friday, August 3, 2012
Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Chicken, Onions and Applewood Bacon
Delicious! Delicious! One of the best pizzas that i've ever had! No wonder Chris said that it's a love at first bite!Quite an unusual combination of ingredients really.. with chicken, strawberries, applesmoked bacon, strawberry jam, chilli sauce, balsamic vinegar but if you never try, you will never know that all these flavours blended so well that makes it extremely flavourful and so good. Chris from The Cafe Sucre Farine had made a repost on this pizza several months back at her blog, considering some of her new readers might have missed the earlier post and also mentioned that this is one of her popular recipes in her blog. I knew i would have to try that. Do visit chris's blog if you have not been there, i'm sure you will find something you like.
This is one portion of the Jamie Oliver's Pizza Dough which i had kept in my freezer earlier. Here, I tried to follow closely to Chris's recipe especially the sauce making which was made up of strawberry jam, balsamic vinegar and Sriracha chilli sauce. The Sriracha sauce is a very fiery hot sauce on its own, i suspect it's probably made from bird's eye chilli but after blending it with jam and balsamic vinegar, believe me, it's really not hot and i'm sure your kids can take it. Otherwise you can use a normal chilli sauce. As for the chicken, i've pan seared it till lightly browned before coating it with the sauce and have used ordinary onion and all mozzarella cheese here. When i was taking the last piece of this pizza, i was kind of missing it already cos i do not know when will i be making it again..Chris, you are right, i've fallen in love!
Recipe ( from The Cafe Sucre Farine )
makes one 12 inch pizza
1/2 cup strawberry jam
1 tsp Sriracha Chilli Sauce
1 ball pizza dough
1 cup diced chicken breast ( i've pan seared mine ) or leftover roasted chicken
1/2 cup applewood smoked bacon, cut in 1inch pieces, cooked and drained ( i lightly pan fried it )
1/2 cup thin sliced sweet onion ( i used regular onion)
12 oz shredded Italian blend cheese ( i used 8oz of mozzarella )
1/4cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, diced small
1. Place balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan, bring to boil and reduce heat, simmer for 4-5 minutes or until reduced to half of the original amount and mixture is thick and syrupy. Add strawberry jam and chilli sauce and mix well, set aside to cool.
2.Roll out pizza dough on your pizza pan. If you find it a little difficult to roll to the edges of the pan, let it rest for a while and roll out again.
3.Combine chicken with 2 tbsps of the balsamic strawberry mixture and mix to coat all chicken with sauce. Pour rest of the sauce onto pizza dough and spread to cover. Leave a 1" border around the edge and scatter chicken over the sauce.
4.Place about 3/4 of the cheese on top of the dough, spread to cover sauce evenly, scatter bacon and onion over cheese to distribute evenly. Scatter remaining cheese.
5.Bake in a preheated oven at 230C for approximately 8-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, let it cool slightly and sprinkle with diced strawberries and fresh cilantro.
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