Honey Mango Balsamic Pizza? A tale of two pizzas…

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So this recipe was all Kristina’s idea! We were going out later in the evening, and decided to cook a meal together before going out. Since she hadn’t cooked on here in a while, I asked her to choose a fun recipe, and one that I could convert to fit my vegan lifestyle!

She chose a recipe from pinterest Nectarine pizza with fresh basil and reduced balsamic. She seems to have a knack for finding fancy sounding recipes.

While Kristina chose to use goat cheese and parmesan, I was eager to try out my new Go Veggie Vegan Mozzarella Cheese. (A quick note on Go Veggie…sometimes, it still has milk products in it!) Now, the mozzarella was a little more, potent, then I recall real mozzarella to be, but I decided to try it out on this recipe.

We also couldn’t find reasonably priced nectarines or peaches…but honey mangoes were on sale! Why not try honey mangoes! So after completely altering the list of ingredients, we set off to cook.

I made my specialized pizza dough, as posted several times on my blog, recently in the post Pesto and Cream Cheese Based Green pizza. Seriously, if you have not tried this recipe yet, you need to try it…15 minutes to an amazing pizza crust!

Once the pizza crust is laid out, add the toppings. For this you will need

2 honey mangoes (cut into slivers and tiny pieces)
1 cup of fresh chopped basil
cheese of your choice
1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar (save until after baking the pizza!)

First cover your dough with cheese. Kristina placed goat cheese on first, and the her parmesan. I generously sprinkled my cheese over my crust. Then add a healthy helping of sliced and diced mango. Finish the dish with half of the basil (the other half will be used after the dish is cooked). Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes on 500 degrees. Make sure your pizza does not burn!

While cooking the pizza, heat the balsamic vinegar on the stove, stirring continuously, allowing it to ‘reduce’. You know it is ready when it becomes thick, do not let it boil and waste!

When the pizza comes out of the oven, sprinkle the remaining basil on top, and lightly drizzle the balsamic vinegar. Slice and enjoy!

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The white plate is vegan, the black plate is not.

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Kristina enjoyed her non-vegan pizza!

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But she also conceded that mine was pretty good too! I was really pleased that the Go Veggie Cheese completely melted! While it did not taste completely like mozzarella, it worked perfectly with the other flavors!

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