July 31, 2014

Meal on the Plate: Pizza Pizzazz with Peaches!

There is something special about summer eating that makes me inspired to try new food combinations that I might otherwise have not. I recently stumbled across MyRecipes.com, a website featuring some pretty mouth-watering and innovative foods to try.

Intern Jen’s Peach and Gorgonzola Chicken Pizza
with added pineapple!

While perusing the site, one recipe in particular caught my eye. It combined two of my favorite foods in a completely bizarre way. Yes, that’s right – this recipe combined peaches with chicken! It might seem a little far fetched, but let me assure you that when these foods combine on top of a pizza, the flavor is fresh, light and to die for!

Add in a little salad on the side, and viola! You have one unique meal that requires little prep time. With simple steps, minimal ingredients (pizza crust, mozzarella cheese, chicken breast, Gorgonzola cheese, a peach and balsamic vinegar), and a short start to finish time, don’t be surprised if this quick dish gets added to your weekly menu repertoire. 
The Recipe: Peach and Gorgonzola Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:
1 (10 ounce) ready-made pizza crust (or purchase a pizza crust mixture to bake your own)
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (to brush on the crust)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (divide into 2- 1/4 cup servings)
1 cup cooked and shredded chicken breast (can prepare prior to save time)
1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (can substitute crumbled goat cheese for milder flavor)
1 medium unpeeled peach, sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh cut pineapple (optional – this is ingredient is NOT included in the nutrition information below)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Lightly brush extra virgin olive oil onto pizza crust.
3. Add the toppings: 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese, chicken, Gorgonzola cheese, and peach slices.
4. Finally add additional 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese to top.
5. Place in oven and bake for 11 minutes (crust should be brown).
6. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook balsamic vinegar until it reduces to about 2 tablespoons.
7. Once pizza is cooked, drizzle balsamic reduction over pizza.
8. Cut pizza into 8 slices and serve!
Nutrition Facts:
Makes 4 servings
serving size: 2 slices
Calories: 384 kcal
Fat: 12.5 g
Saturated Fat: 4.9 g
Protein: 24.3 g
Carbohydrates: 42.5 g
Carb Choices: ~3 
Fiber: 2.1 g
Cholesterol: 46 mg
Sodium: 643 mg (you can reduce this number by going light with the mozzarella cheese)
Although this recipe suggests using a pre-baked pizza crust, there are other options available to put your own spin on the crust. Personally, I like to purchase a pizza crust mix and make my own. It is really inexpensive and it is quick and simple to do. You could also try using whole wheat flat bread, tortilla shells, or pita bread. If you already have these ingredients at home, you can save a little extra money this way too. 
The Intern Behind the Plate,
Jen
Disclaimer/Disclosure: We, the girls behind the plate, did not write, create or develop this recipe – we just liked it a lot and wanted to share it with you! The original recipe can be found at http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/peach-gorgonzola-chicken-pizza-50400000111971/

Comments

  1. eatingtheweek.com says:

    That recipe looks tasty! Sweet fruit and tangy/earthy gorgonzola sounds like a good combo. I'll definitely try that out.

    I'm also a MyRecipes.com fan; lots of great ideas there.