I've been pretty obsessed with strawberries this spring, but I've been even more obsessed with the strawberry-balsamic combo. It all started with this strawberry-caprese salad, and it's continued into this flatbread and even a dessert (recipe coming soon!). So given this recent love, I was absolutely ecstatic to find a strawberry-balsamic vinegar at a local oil & vinegar store (yes, a whole store that sells all sorts of oils and vinegars. Yes, I'm in love).
One Saturday afternoon, we decided to have a casual snacky dinner - we had some cheeses leftover from various gatherings and recipes, some hummus, and some other little things that needed to be used up. So we just made that dinner. However, I was kind of in the mood to cook, and was itching to use my new vinegar, so I also whipped up this flatbread. We called some neighbors, and before we knew it, we were all outside watching the kids play, drinking a glass of wine, and stuffing our faces.
It's a basic pizza dough with a little lemon zest kneaded in, then drizzled with olive oil, some lemon juice, thinly sliced strawberries, crumbles of goat cheese, baked, and then finished with a sprinkling of basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Heaven. The strawberries get so flavorful when roasted in the oven, and then the addition of lemon zest brightens up the flavors.
This flatbread was a great addition to our little buffet, but I also think it would make a great appetizer for a dinner party, served as lunch with a side salad, or as part of a brunch. It's a little bit sweet, a little bit savory, and completely delicious. Strawberries = love.
Balsamic Strawberry & Goat Cheese Flatbread
inspired by Joy the Baker
- 1 lb of pizza dough
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- olive oil, for drizzling
- 1 cup thinly sliced strawberries
- about 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
- good balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 basil leaves, minced
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
On a well-floured surface, sprinkle about half the lemon zest over the pizza dough. Knead it into the dough until well-incorporated, and then press the dough into a rectangle that measures about 12x9 inches (it doesn't have to be exact). Drizzle with olive oil and about 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice.
Sprinkle the strawberries over the dough, followed by the goat cheese, and then drizzle lightly with the vinegar.
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through and just turning golden. Drizzle with a little more balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with basil. Cut into squares and serve warm or at room temperature.