Friday, September 16, 2011

California Strawberry Commission, an official sponsor of the film festival

With delicious strawberry recipes and hosting tips it’s easy to create the perfect red carpet festivity at home.

                                             Strawberry and Goat Cheese Pizza

Recipe and image courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission

This cool and elegant appetizer perfectly blends freshness with sweet, savory flavors and a dash of spice.


2 tsp. kosher salt 1 tbsp. olive oil 3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup aged balsamic vinegar ½ cup (4 ounces) softened goat cheese 4 cups fresh California strawberries, hulled and quartered ¼ cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese coarsely ground black pepper baby arugula or mixed greens prepared pizza dough


To make white balsamic vinaigrette: simmer white balsamic vinegar until reduced to 1½ tbsp. Whisk in extra virgin olive oil. To make aged balsamic reduction: simmer aged balsamic vinegar until reduced to about 4 tsp. Heat oven to 400°F. On lightly floured surface, divided pizza dough into four pieces. Roll each piece of pizza dough into an 8-inch circle. Place on a baking sheet; bake in 400°F oven 10 minutes or until firm and slightly brown.

Spread pizzas with softened goat cheese. Toss strawberries with white balsamic vinaigrette; arrange strawberries evenly on goat cheese. Bake 10 minutes more. Remove from oven; scatter crumbled goat cheese on top. Drizzle with aged balsamic reduction; sprinkle with black pepper. Garnish pizzas with a few leaves of arugula or mixed greens.

Makes four 8-inch pizzas

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