Balsamic Vinegar and Pizza?

Yesterday morning, I was sitting at work when an idea popped into my head. I was struck by the sudden urge to marinate tomatoes in balsamic vinegar. And then, I thought that I should also do this with peaches while I was at it. It sounded fun, delicious, and summery.

But I didn’t want to just marinate the fruits and eat them. I wanted to make a meal with them, and I also wanted to use the loaf of Italian bread in my pantry that desperately needed to be used. So I decided to make a pizza (well, really two pizzas) out of them.

I scribbled notes and pondered things while at work. And when I got home, I made these two glorious things. (I know the pictures aren’t great.) IMG_0172

Balsamic Tomato-Goat Cheese Pizza

(makes two pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • One loaf Italian bread, sliced in half
  • Two large tomatoes
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1.5 cups of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons basil
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • Garlic to taste

Slice the tomato into bite-sized chunks. Marinate in balsamic vinegar for 30-40 minutes. You can add basil here if you like; I think it adds to the taste.

Pour the olive oil over the bread. Then add the basil, oregano, and garlic. Allow this to marinate as well for 30-40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the tomatoes over the bread. Break the goat cheese into small chunks and sprinkle over the bread.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool before eating.

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Balsamic Peach-Goat Cheese Pizza

(makes two pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • One loaf Italian bread, sliced in half
  • Two large peaches
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1.5 cups of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Garlic to taste

Slice the peach into bite-sized chunks. Marinate in balsamic vinegar for 30-40 minutes.

Pour the olive oil over the bread. Then add the garlic. Allow this to marinate as well for 30-40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the peaches over the bread. Break the goat cheese into small chunks and sprinkle over the bread.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool before eating.

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