It seems as though the sun has finally come out for us Vancouverites! About time I would say..after all, it is May 7th weather gods.
I’m going to go out on an optimistic limb here but I have a good feeling that the sun is here to stay. To keep the good weather coming–I’m going to share one of my absolute favorite summer recipes: Strawberry, Goat Cheese & Chocolate Balsamic Flat Bread.
I can’t describe how perfect this flat bread is for a summer day. All you need is a refreshing glass (or pitcher!) of sangria for absolute perfection. The caramelized onions, strawberries, goat cheese & mint leave the most unbelievable flavors in your mouth. The drizzled chocolate balsamic then ties everything together… in matrimony.
Pardon!? Chocolate Balsamic?
Yes ,Chocolate Balsamic. Such a thing does exist my fellow foodies! I got mine from the most adorable store called LaLa’s In my hometown Deep Cove. Regular balsamic will work just fine, however, this chocolate balsamic is out of this world. It takes this flatbread to a whole new level.
One great thing about making a flatbread is its versatility. Feel free to get creative with your flavors. I added BBQ chicken to my second flatbread. It was great, and the guys really seemed to prefer it with the chicken (go figure!). You can use whatever BBQ sauce you like, but one brand which I recommend is The Gourmet Village Beer BBQ Grilling Sauce. It also sells at Lala’s gift store in Deep Cove.
Confession : I was on a tight schedule so I used a pre-made flat bread (I hope I haven’t insulted anyone here). But any flat-bread recipe will do.
2 (6-inch) round or square flatbreads
olive oil for brushing
6 large strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup chocolate balsamic vinegar
1 onion, sliced thinly
6 mint leaves, chiffonade
3 tbsp of toasted sunflower seed
BBQ Chicken Pieces ( I used Gourmet Village Beer BBQ grilling sauce)
1. Thinly slice the onion & caramelize on medium heat until golden brown. Roughly 15-20 minutes.
2. Place flatbread(s) on a cookie sheet and lightly brush a little olive oil on them. Distribute the strawberries on top, followed by the goat cheese & the caramelized onions when ready.
3.Drizzle a few tablespoons of the Chocolate Balsamic Syrup. (The sugars of the balsamic will come out in the oven…absolutely divine) .
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until just golden.
5. Sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds & mint.
Easy, Sinful & Elegant. It’s perfection.