Chef DeJuan's Strawberry Flatbread Pizza
When I think of the strawberry, I am reminded of a quote by William Allen Butler: “Doubtless God could have made a better berry, than a strawberry, doubtless God never did.” Webster’s dictionary defines a strawberry as a small red fruit. I would add that even though it is small in size, it is large in flavor.
Strawberries are grown throughout the world and are celebrated for their taste, aroma and medicinal value. Strawberries can be used in many different recipes, from savory to sweet. Many of us are comfortable using them in a dessert; but their flavors also pair well with savory dishes and can be used to provide a base for many entrees, appetizers and side dishes. Here is one of my favorite strawberry recipes, which provides a healthy twist and is fun for both kids and adults to prepare. I hope you enjoy!
Strawberry Flatbread Pizza (serves 4) Ingredients:
- 24-ounce package of prebaked, wheat flatbread
- ⅓ cup (3 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 cup chopped arugula
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. of sea salt
- dash of freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup shaved fresh Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup fresh strawberry preserves
- ½ cup chopped basil
- 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Directions: Brush the flatbread with olive oil and set the remaining olive oil aside. Toast the flatbread in a 350-degree oven for 3 minutes. Remove the flatbread from the oven and cover with strawberry preserves, chopped basil, cheeses, and arugula. Toss the strawberries in remaining olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Place the strawberries on top of the pizza and enjoy!
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Chef DeJuan Roy is a Food Network winning executive chef with over two decades of experience. DeJuan has presided over five-star kitchens, NFL catering services, and historic venues, most recently the Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville. He hopes to share his passion for fine dining and healthy eating since he firmly believes food nourishes body, mind and soul. He is married with two children and lives in historic Springfield in Jacksonville, Florida.