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Strawberry Bacon Pizza with Goat Cheese

2012 May 13

My husband and I are very honest with one another.  Honesty is very important in our marriage.  I think honesty is important in most marriages but the kind of honesty we share might be different from the average relationship.

Most men learn in the course of their marriages that some statements are just better left unsaid (remember when your body was hot before we had kids?  You just have a knack for doing laundry – is that because you are a woman?).

I prefer all things be said.   Some call that ‘brutal honesty’ but I just call it normal.

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So I reminded my husband that pushups were a good way to keep his pecs in shape.

:)

And my feelings weren’t at all hurt when the Omnivore admitted to me last week that my dinners have been on the low end of the bell curve when it comes to interest and flavor.  It wasn’t news to me: I’d been eating the meals, too!  I’d been depending on my pantry, slacking in true meal planning, making large batches of things to be reheated multiple times throughout the week, and just plain on my C game.  I was busy.  Hey, at least we were eating.

He’s a lucky guy because I started pulling recipes that were sure to rock his world.  One of those was this pizza.  We live in a land of strawberry fields.  I jog by acres and acres of berries and just smell the sweet scent the entire time.  My running partners were talking strawberry shortcake this past Saturday morning but I was thinking strawberry pizza.  With bacon.  And goat cheese.

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I made this pizza with guidance from three recipes I’d recently seen that combined goat cheese and strawberries:
Roasted Strawberry Crostini with Basil and Goat Cheese 
Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Flatbread
Strawberry Balsamic Bacon Pizza

I picked aspects from eating that I was drawn to and the result made the Omnivore forget that there was ever such thing as a dinner rut.  He even went back for seconds, which he doesn’t do since he generally needs to save room for dessert.  Also, when he awoke the next day and saw the leftovers in the fridge, he immediately ‘called’ them for his lunch.  Winner!

Strawberry Goat Cheese Pizza with Bacon

Ingredients

1 1lb ball pizza dough
2 strips of thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
6 strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Roll pizza dough out into a 12 – 14″ round.
  3. Using a pastry brush, apply balsamic vinegar to entire surface of the pizza dough.
  4. Top dough with sliced strawberries and then the red onion slices.
  5. Distribute goat cheese all over dough and then cover in crumbled bacon.
  6. Bake 12 minutes or until done. Sprinkle with basil leaves and serve warm.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

  • Julia

    Strawberries, bacon and goat cheese? When I first saw that I knew I loved all those ingredients on their own, but I wasn’t so sure about putting them all together. After trying this recipe, I have to say, I loved it! I love finding new ways to find strawberries when their in their peak of sweetness, thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely going to be using it to entertain this summer. 

  • http://snixykitchen.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    Strawberries with bacon seems to be all the rage recently – This one looks especially good…I’m going to have to try it this week!

  • Nicole, RD

    What a combo! I’m sure it’s absolutely wonderful with the sweet/salty!

  • Kate

    I’m not quite as into brutal honesty as you are – but honestly, this looks delicious.

  • Kelsey

    I cannot wait to try this pizza!

  • Kate

    Thank you for just determining what our dinner will be tonight. The Costco-size box of strawberries on my counter thanks you, too. :)

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