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Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Cherry Pita Pizzas with Arugula

Thank goodness it’s Friday!

I have to admit that this week I was a little bummed. I don’t know if it’s because Bella cheated on Edward, or if it’s because I got rid of THIRTEEN pairs of shoes yesterday. Yes, THIRTEEN! It’s not like I ever wore them, but seriously getting rid of shoes is like throwing away memories.

So I took myself shoe shopping to make up for it.

What?

I’m a girl… it’s what we do. Anyway I feel much better now. I even made myself a cute little appetizer to start the weekend the right.

And I think that you just have to make these little pita pizzas too! They are my new favorite thing.

If you’ve never roasted berries before then now is the time to start; it’s so wonderful! The heat from the oven brings out the sugars and juice, giving you a melt in your mouth sweetness that will make you want to savor every single bite of the fruit.

Roasting berries had been on my bucket list for a while, but throwing them on a whole wheat pita and topping it with caramelized onion, mozzarella, and arugula? Completely spur of the moment and just a little bit heavenly.

I served these at a party and they disappeared in seconds!

Wearing new heels and making delicious pita pizzas with roasted berries.

Someone’s Friday just got better.

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Cherry Pita Pizzas with Arugula

Serves 2-4

3 teaspoons olive oil, divided

1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided

1/4 teaspoon of salt

10 strawberries, hulled and quartered

10 dark red cherries, pitted and halved

3 or 4 whole wheat pitas (I use 100 calorie pitas)

1 cup of reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup arugula

Salt and pepper

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss strawberries and cherries in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Spread on baking sheet and place in oven for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat medium saute pan over medium high heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add onions and stir frequently until onions begin to brown. Reduce heat to medium low and add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt. Cook 1 more minute and then remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place whole wheat pitas on a nonstick baking sheet. Brush pitas with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Evenly distribute roasted strawberries and cherries, cheese, onions onto pitas. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees or until edges of pitas begin to turn golden brown.
  4. Top each pita with arugula and cut into triangles. Drizzle with addition balsamic vinegar and top with fresh black pepper and salt if desired.

 

 

 

8 Responses to Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Cherry Pita Pizzas with Arugula

  • Lynna says:

    This looks so fabulous! I always want to try strawberry pizzas! But my boyfriend won`t help me eat them since there isn`t any meat! LOL

  • Terra says:

    Thirteen pairs of shoes? I think I only own thirteen pairs, LOL! I love the flavor combination in your mini pizzas. I especially love the Arugula, it is one of my favorites. Beautiful, Take care, Terra

  • Anne says:

    This is just my kind of pizza!

  • yumgoggle says:

    My week did not start off that well too…perhaps it is the scorching heat that burns me out very early. You are throwing out thirteen pairs? Wow! I am sure, it is really hard to say goodbye to those feet buddies,but then if it means getting a new set of thirteen pairs, and creating new memories…I am all for it!
    I am excited to try these mini pizza treats…I adore strawberries on a pita bread. Looks yummy!
    Anyhoo, we have just recently launched a food photo gallery http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery/ that allows you to showcase all your great work and share it with all of our visitors. Your phenomenal photos have caught our attention. We’d be proud to have your work as part of our growing collection to continue to have a larger reach and further inspire all fellow food lovers out there!

  • Kristina says:

    O wow, Monique these look fabulous! I NEED to serve these at my next dinner party, I love the roasted strawberries!

    Haha and I’m so sorry for your loss… I don’t think i could do that… I still have heels from high school shoved in my closet :) Please don’t judge….

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