While I adore and am passionate about eating whole foods and nourishing my body, there is a side of me that is also a pizza and beer kinda gal. Take me to a pub, give me an iced cold Blue Moon and a cheesy pizza with a football game on and I’m one happy girl! Then there’s the side of me that loves “gourmet” pizza. Or what I like to prefer to call “chic” pizza, which leads me to introduce to you this beautiful Mandarin Arugula Flat Bread Pizza! Isn’t she pretty?!
I will unashamedly admit that this is a VERY girly pizza. You have have been warned! 🙂 I absolutely love the fact that it is frilly, colorful, full of different textures, and dare I say, food sexy! It unquestionably fulfills all of my pizza, and yes, currently, pregnant mama desires.
Pizza, like a salad, is completely open for creativity in my world. Why not make it fun? Why not make it beautiful and attractive? Why not experiment and see what myriad of ingredients I can marry together? This Mandarin Arugula Flat Bread Pizza my friends, is all of those things, and oh by the way, it is prepped and served in under 20 minutes! Ahhh… instant gratification. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Seriously, what more could you want, except that maybe you’ll want to make two of them!
In a small saucepan on medium/high heat, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and honey. Bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. The balsamic should start to become a bit thick and syrupy. Turn the heat off but keep it on the burner until ready to use.
With a brush or the back of the spoon, cover the top of the flat bread with an even layer of olive oil all the way to the edge and then season with salt and pepper.
Next, in order, evenly cover the pizza with the arugula, mandarin oranges, crumbled goat cheese, and pine nuts.
Carefully place the flat bread directly on the oven rack, and bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges look crispy and are light brown.
When finished, carefully take the pizza out and place on a cutting board. With a spoon, or spouted measuring cup, drizzle desired amount of balsamic glaze on top.
NOTE: if you find that your balsamic has gotten too thick, turn the heat back on to low for a minute and stir, it should look like the image below. If not, add a teaspoon or two more of the balsamic vinegar and stir until combined.