Monday, June 18, 2012


My friend Paul cooks at the Covent Garden Market, Ontario.  He mentioned he was giving samples of Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Compote with Fresh Chevre and I thought it would make an unusual pizza for Happy Hour around a campfire.  I googled for additional information and found this combination and decided to give it a try.

Prior to going camping I made up a batch of No Knead Semolina Pizza Dough from the Artisan Pizza&FlatBreadin5 book. I have a 2L cliplock container with a pour spout that I put a half quantity of the dough in and it fits perfectly in my camp refrigerator and is ready to use when I want to make pizza, it will make about 4 thin BabyQ pizzas.  Dont forget your container should not be airtight.

Balsamic Strawberries: (I premade this and kept it in the refrigerator)
500g (I used two punnets)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 pinch each of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425F.  Line a tray with baking paper.  Place whole strawberries on it and bake for about 15 minutes until they start to caramelise.

I then put the strawberries and all the other ingredients into a pan on moderate heat mashing down the strawberries and reducing to a jam like consistancy.  Cool before using.

These quantities make two BabyQ sized Pizzas

1/2 cup Balsamic Strawberries
2 orange sized balls of Pizza Dough for a thin crust
1 cup diced cooked chicken breast (or left over cooked chicken of any kind)
1/2 cup cooked and drained bacon pieces
1/2 cup thin sliced red onion
Generous 1/4 cup Chevre Cheese mixed with 1/4 cup cream cheese and l egg yolk.
Optional extra 1/2 cup parmesan or tasty cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped Basil 
1/4 cup finely diced fresh strawberries

Preheat the BabyQ with Pizza Stone on the Grill to 400F
Roll out one ball of pizza dough to fit your stone
Spread half of the cheese over the dough (my cheese was too cold to spread so I dobbed it around the pizza on top of the Balsamic Strawberries)
Spread over 1/4 cup Balsamic Strawberries
Sprinkle over half of the chicken, bacon and red onion.
(Optional grate over a small amount of parmesan or tasty cheese).
Slide onto the stone and bake 8-10 minutes.  Keep an eye on it as every oven varies a bit and the surrounding temperature can have some effect as well.

Remove from oven and sprinkle on the basil and fresh strawberries.  While its cooling a little quickly make the second one or make it later.

This is how I made mine and quantities of the ingredients are given as a guideline and dont need to be exact.

I would like to thank all my fellow campers for their enthusiasm in trying something that was new for most of us and it was a bonus we all enjoyed it. Pizzas are quick to make (if everything is chopped and prepared).  Any kind of oven/camp oven would do but I do find the BabyQ very convenient.

Australian Camper Trailer Group at Coledale June 2012


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    1. Thank you Shobha. At the same outing I had taken your Date and Walnut Roll which is always enjoyed by many and especially me :)

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