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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

5 Minute Strawberry Basil 3 Cheese Pizza

I need you to keep a couple of things in mind here.

1.) I have about 6-7 recipes made/photographed/edited waiting in rotation to be put up here for you, both sweet and savory, all of which I love.

2.) I made this last night for dinner and felt the need to share it with you immediately because I died ten thousand happy deaths after consuming it in its entirety.

3.) I made this again today for lunch.

Which actually means I've had two all to myself in under 24 hours.
-This fact delights me-

4.) This literally only takes a few minutes to prep and five minutes to cook.

Which is the most dangerous wonderful thing about it.

I try not to be overly effusive about everything I put on here (even though I truly love each and every thing I put up and it's obvious I'm overly effusive about most things) so that way you know which recipes really stand out for me.

And this is absolutely perfect in my mind.  Soft chewy naan (soft pita you will most likely be able to find at your local grocery store - if not pre-made pizza dough is OK), creamy mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, a hint of bite from balsamic vinegar and freshly cracked pepper, tangy goat cheese crumbles, salty parmesan, and most importantly a burst of sweet strawberries.

Make this when strawberries are in season, choosing dark ripe berries, and prepare to be wowed.  The strawberries make this.  But don't skip any ingredient.  The sum is more than the parts.  When they're all together it adds up to the most wonderful thing I've consumed in a very long time.

Have I convinced you yet?  I hope so.  This could not be easier.  Or more wonderful.   A true new favorite of mine.

5 minute Strawberry Basil 3 Cheese Pizza
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- 1 individual sized Naan (soft pita bread) or pre-made pizza dough
- 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2-3 fresh basil leaves
- 1 oz goat cheese
- 3-4 ripe strawberries (depending on size)
- balsamic vinegar
- freshly cracked pepper
- grated parmesan

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.  Chop off stems of basil leaves and rinse.  Julienne (roll up and chop finely) and set aside.  Rinse strawberries, cut off tops, slice and set aside.  Place naan on a clean baking sheet.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese all over the naan (leaving a border for a crust).  Sprinkle basil on top, making sure to space it out.  Drizzle some balsamic lightly over the entire naan.  Crumble the goat cheese into small pieces (or cut whatever is easiest for you) and sprinkle evenly across naan.  Place strawberries all over the naan.  Place in the oven for approximately 5 minutes (or until the mozzarella cheese melts and the whole pie is warmed).  Remove and immediately top with a little freshly cracked balck pepper and grated parmesan cheese.  (I forgot this step when I made this for lunch and noticed immediately.  Don't be like me.  It really ties it together.)  Enjoy immediately, maybe with some crisp cold white wine, or just by itself.  Whichever way you choose, it's divine.

Recipe adapted from: Take a Mega Bite

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