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Emily Watson
Course Main, Pizza, Primi


Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

  • 8 ounces strawberries washed and hulled and halved (quartered if large strawberries)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey preferably local
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon good quality balsamic vinegar


  • 8 ounces 1/2 pound of your favorite pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella torn roughly into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts toasted
  • 1/4 cup roughly torn fresh basil leaves
  • salt and black pepper to taste


Prepare roasted strawberries.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the strawberries with the olive oil, honey, and salt. Arrange in a single layer and bake for 40 minutes or until soft and the liquid is bubbling around them. Remove from the oven, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss to combine. Set aside.

Prepare the pizza.

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven on the bottom rack as the oven heats. Line a rimless baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle with cornmeal or flour and place dough in the center. Roll the dough out to about 1 centimeter thick, adding more cornmeal or flour to prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Drizzle the crust with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons Parmigiano-reggiano. Scatter fresh mozzarella over top, and sprinkle with roasted strawberries, drizzling pizza with any remaining syrup that has collected in the pan of strawberries. Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is crispy and cheese is bubbly and just beginning to turn golden in spots. Remove from oven, sprinkle with pine nuts, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy! Makes 1 pizza or enough to serve 2-4 people.