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Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Do you ever have one of those days where you are a complete disaster and have no right to be in the kitchen? Like, have you ever spilled almost an entire bottle of vinegar all over the place? Twice? Yeah, that was me yesterday, while making this pizza.

It probably had something to do with the complete and total exhaustion I have been feeling since last week. The week and weekend went by so fast, I don’t think it has really sunk in yet that I finished! This weekend was graduation so my family came into town for the ceremony which was bright and early Saturday morning. It was a great time, but it was a crazy busy weekend. So busy that I woke up yesterday and my legs felt so sore, I could barely walk! Going to the grocery store was difficult!

And now that I have my dissertation out of the way, I can make my next exciting announcement which is that I have accepted a post-doc position at Arizona State University in Phoenix! My current advisor got a great offer to go there and she asked me to go with her! Me and Hubs will be moving out west at the end of September! But, now this means packing…the bane of my existence…sigh…

Now that I have had a little more free time, I have finally been able to share a recipe for #tomatolove hosted by Cassie from Bake Your Day and Ali from Gimme Some Oven!! These fabulous ladies are hosting a huge tomato party for the Recipe For Change Campaign which is trying to end modern day slavery on the tomato fields. It’s such a great cause and this week they are having a fabulous giveaway sponsored by Pizza Home Chef. Visit Recipe For Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.

Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

I chose to do a simple caprese pizza…or is it a margherita pizza? They seem like the same thing…Whatevs. I used red and yellow tomatoes, but you can use whichever tomatoes you want! And I also drizzled some balsamic reduction all over the pizza. It adds such a great flavor!

Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

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Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Yield: serves 3-4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


For the balsamic reduction:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbs. brown sugar

For the pizza:

  • 1 lb. raw pizza dough
  • 1 tbs. plus 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 small tomatoes (sliced; can use any combo of tomatoes)
  • About 7 fresh basil leaves


For the balsamic reduction:

  1. While the pizza is baking, add the balsamic vinegar and stir in the brown sugar in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Bring to a simmer and heat until the vinegar is reduced by half. Remove from the heat. Drizzle over the pizza as desired.

For the pizza:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface. Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. Brush the olive oil evenly over the dough. Sprinkle the minced garlic over the dough. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the dough. Spread the shredded cheese over the pizza. Arrange the tomatoes and basil on top of the pizza. Drizzle 1/2 tbs. olive oil on top of the tomatoes and sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the dough is a light golden brown on the bottom.

Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce


19 Responses to “Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce”

  1. #
    Choc Chip Uru — August 14, 2012 at 1:47 am

    My biggest congratulations my friend :D
    This pizza looks like a fabulous way to celebrate!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. #
    Alyssa — August 14, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I am totally drooling! I love this idea! I love balsamic reductions so much that any time I’ve made one, I always end up eating it straight out of the pot with a spoon (is that gross???) This pizza is so pretty!

  3. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 14, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Congratulations to you again!! Your pizza looks of out this world and I love that you added balsamic reduction to it!

  4. #
    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) — August 14, 2012 at 7:18 am

    mmm. this looks lovely. The balsamic really makes it. congrats on the dissertation!

  5. #
    Ramona — August 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Another great salad pizza!! I am loving this for summer time meals. :) It looks gorgeous. :) You’re moving to AZ!! How very cool and HOT too. I hope yo love it out there. My Brother-in-law and wife moved to AZ last year… they love it. Congratulations on the new position.

  6. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

    that happens to me too. I hate spilling vinegar b/c it smells your kitchen up for like YEARS. haha! Love this pizza though :)

  7. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Fantastic pizza! Love the reduction on top.

  8. #
    Cassie — August 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Wow, what great news! Congrats on the position. You must be ecstatic! This pizza is right up my alley. I love it. And thank you so much for helping to spread the word!

  9. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — August 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Congrats you AND to ASU. This pizza looks amazing, I love the balsamic glaze.

  10. #
    Liz — August 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! They are lucky to get you! And your pizza looks fantastic…I love the idea of the balsamic reduction…yum!

  11. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Congrats! This pizza looks so good and I love the reduction on it!! I’m excited for you!

  12. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — August 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I hate days like that in the kitchen – but yours ended up with a big success :)

  13. #
    Purabi Naha — August 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

    This pizza looks wonderful and really delish! No problem, everyone does something or the other, similar to your spilling the vinegar. I loved the pizza….it shows what a great baker you are!

  14. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Oh my goodness yes!! This looks so good!! I would DEMOLISH this pizza, no joke. :-D

  15. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

    This pizza… is the most perfect pizza i’ve EVER seen. Literally want to jump through the screen and have it for breakfast with my coffee. sounds weird, but I wouldn’t be able to resist! I love your photos so much!

  16. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Congratulations, Stephanie! This is such exciting news.

    This pizza looks absolutely amazing, with its caramelized bits on the edges of the tomatoes. My mouth is watering just looking at it. Yum!

    Good luck packing!

  17. #
    Cucina49 — August 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    That is so pretty with the multicolored tomatoes…and I know what you mean about being a disaster in the kitchen! Let’s just say much of my prized sea salt was spilled all over the kitchen not too long ago. I’m still not over that.

  18. #
    Baking Serendipity — August 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I know those days where I should be locked out of the kitchen all to well. I usually end up ordering pizza and throwing in the towel, but I’m so glad you stuck with this…it looks fantastic! PS: So excited for you and all the opportunity that ASU/Phoenix will bring. Did you have luck in finding a place to live?


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