There is no better feeling knowing that the fleeting spring days are making their way out, and summer is bringing itself closer to us. Don’t get me wrong, I like spring, love it even. It’s beautiful out. The grass turns green. Tulips are plentiful. The sun is shining. But….summer is by far my favorite season. I thrive in the heat, and there’s just something about summer that continuously makes me feel like a kid again.
Of course with summer, comes all the glorious produce I love as well. Juicy peaches. Crunchy ramps. Bright asparagus. Tart rhubarb. And…the gem of all summer produce (in my opinion), plump berries.
While I adore berries of all varieties, I’m a simple girl, so if I had to choose, the strawberry would definitely be my favorite. I love playing around with different ways to utilize strawberries besides the predictable route in a fruit salad or smoothie, so when I was brainstorming sweet and savory pizette ideas for a girlfriend’s bridal shower I was throwing, the flirty combination of strawberry and blue cheese immediately popped into my mind.
The pizza “sauce” if you will is made up of only two ingredients, crumbled blue cheese and mascarpone cheese. If blue cheese is too potent for you, you can always swap the amounts and go heavier on the mascarpone instead, or even omit the blue cheese altogether and trade it out for a milder goat or boursin cheese.
The cheese mixture is spread across tiny little pizza crusts and then topped off with sliced strawberries and a simple balsamic glaze I found at Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find balsamic glaze, just a drizzle of plain old balsamic vinegar will do the trick as well.
Also, another note. I just went to my local pizzeria and got a batch of pizza dough for about two bucks and then used a 3-inch biscuit cutter to make perfect little pizza pies.
These cuties literally flew off the table when I served them, and I can’t tell how many people I had come up to me to ask for the recipe…so moral of the story…make these immediately!
Is Blue Cheese Moldy?
Blue cheese has had cultures of the mold Penicillium added so that the final product is spotted or veined throughout with blue.
Penicillium Glaucum which are the blue molds used for cheese, cannot produce toxins in cheese, therefore they are safe to eat.
What Cheese Could I Substitute for Blue Cheese?
Feta will work well in many recipes; the texture is similar and it is fairly pungent.
Are Strawberries Good For You?
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K.
They also provide a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium.
Strawberry and Blue Cheese Pizettes
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Strawberry and Blue Cheese Pizettes
- 4 cups sliced strawberries
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 batches of pizza dough or 15 mini pitas
- 8 ounces softened mascarpone cheese
- 8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 cup balsamic glaze found at Trader Joe's or balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, toss sliced strawberries with sugar.
- Let sit.
- Roll out pizza dough and using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut dough into circles.
- Line up on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the pizza dough is cooked and golden brown.
- Let cool.
- In a mini food processor, combine mascarpone and blue cheese until smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Spread mixture evenly on pizettes.
- Top with sliced strawberries and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
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