Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza

Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza. Homemade pizza crust cooked in a cast iron skillet. Topped with pesto, sweet Italian chicken sausage, strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction. You will never purchase another pizza crust.

Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza. Homemade pizza crust cooked in a cast iron skillet. Topped with pesto, sweet Italian chicken sausage, strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction. You will never purchase another pizza crust.

Recently, I saw a photo of some peaches on top of a pizza. I don’t care for pineapple on pizza, so I assumed I wouldn’t care for any fruit on pizza, and dismissed it. But despite that initial dismissal, I couldn’t stop thinking about it … I was intrigued.

I mean plan each week, but last week my family went through meals quicker than I had anticipated. At the end of the week I stood in front of my refrigerator trying to figure out what I could make for dinner. I saw some strawberries that were on the verge of going bad. I remembered the pizza with the peaches, and I knew what had to be done. Those strawberries needed to go on a pizza with some pesto.

Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza. Homemade pizza crust cooked in a cast iron skillet. Topped with pesto, sweet Italian chicken sausage, strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction. You will never purchase another pizza crust.

First thing was the crust. I didn’t have any pre-made pizza crust, but I did have some yeast packets, so I threw together a quick crust to bake in a skillet beacuse A) skillets look pretty in pictures and B) everything tastes better in a skillet.

Then, I covered that crust with some pesto, strawberries, sweet Italian chicken sausage, and mozzarella. After it baked, I threw on some fresh basil and knew it needed something else …. balsamic reduction. I did not have balsamic reduction, but I did have balsamic vinegar. So, I simmered that balsamic for a little bit until it turned into balsamic reduction. Honest side note on the balsamic … the first time I simmered it for about 20 minutes, until it looked thick in the pot. By the time it cooled, it was the consistency of tar and I couldn’t do anything with it. The second time I simmered it for about 10 minutes, and by the time it cooled, it was perfect.

Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza. Homemade pizza crust cooked in a cast iron skillet. Topped with pesto, sweet Italian chicken sausage, strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction. You will never purchase another pizza crust.

This pizza was literally made with things I had laying around my kitchen and freezer. It was quick, easy, and delicious. My husband had leftover Greek Chicken over Orzo Lentil Salad this night, so my kids and I ate the pizza. Both of my kids and I loved this thing. It was unique, delicious, and just fun. I promise this pizza crust will be returning in different ways soon.

Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza. Homemade pizza crust cooked in a cast iron skillet. Topped with pesto, sweet Italian chicken sausage, strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction. You will never purchase another pizza crust.

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Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza. Homemade pizza crust cooked in a cast iron skillet. Topped with pesto, sweet Italian chicken sausage, strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction. You will never purchase another pizza crust.
Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Resting Time
1 hr
Total Time
35 mins
 

Homemade pizza crust cooked in a cast iron skillet. Topped with pesto, sweet Italian chicken sausage, strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction. You will never purchase another pizza crust.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 287 kcal
Ingredients
Dough
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
Toppings
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 2 links sweet Italian chicken sausage
  • 5 large strawberries cut into small slices
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ~1/4 cup fresh basil
  • Balsamic reduction
Instructions
Dough
  1. In a small bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, salt, olive oil and Italian seasoning. Use a mixer with dough hook and beat until dough turns into a ball.
  3. Grease inside of a small bowl. Roll ball of dough in bowl. Cover with clean dish towel and let rise for 1 hour.
  4. After the hour, punch down dough and kneed 5-6 times. Cut dough in half. You can freeze or refrigerate over half of dough if not making two pizzas.
Pizza
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread dough from side to side in the bottom of a cast iron skillet.
  2. Spread pesto over dough.
  3. Place strawberries even on top of pesto.
  4. In a small pan over medium-high heat, brown chicken sausage. Spread the cooked chicken evenly over the pizza.
  5. Follow with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Place skillet and oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.
  7. Spread fresh basil and drizzle balsamic reduction over top of pizza.
Recipe Notes

If you do not have balsamic reduction, you can make your own by bringing 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a boil, then reducing to low and letting it simmer for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 885mg 37%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 9.2%
Vitamin C 7.6%
Calcium 9.6%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Strawberry Pesto Skillet Pizza. Homemade pizza crust cooked in a cast iron skillet. Topped with pesto, sweet Italian chicken sausage, strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction. You will never purchase another pizza crust.

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