Tuesday, September 2, 2008

fig-ment of my imagination

Well, this whole ‘fig’ crop that we were the lucky recipients of, required me to do a little fig research. Do I want to make preserves? Do I want to make tapenade? Do I want to grill them with lamb? Do I just want to sit down with my lovely little fig friends and a log of goat cheese and just devour??? For the first part of my fig fantasy, I opted to make pizza…

Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

Ball of pizza dough (I picked up a whole wheat one at Trader Joes)
Extra virgin olive oil and unsalted sweet butter
1-clove of garlic
2-sweet onions (Maui, Vidalia, etc) sliced crosswise
½ log of goat cheese
12-16 fresh figs (preferably Black Mission) sliced in half lengthwise
2-thin pieces of Proscuitto sliced in chiffonade style
chiffonade of fresh basil

Preheat oven to 450

Slice the onions. In a heavy bottom pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of olive oil over medium low heat. Sauté the onions until caramelized, approximately 20-30 minutes. Turn as needed.

Crush garlic clove and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix well to incorporate the garlic into the oil.

Allow the dough to rest at room temperature on a floured surface for 20 minutes. Roll dough out to a 12-inch diameter. Place on pizza stone in oven for 5-7 minutes to lightly crisp the crust.

Remove the crust from the oven and brush with garlic olive oil. Crumble goat cheese and spread onions over crust. Add the figs and proscuitto over the cheese and onions.

Bake pizza an additional 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Allow pizza to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes and add fresh basil before serving


doggybloggy said...

holy shizzle that looks so freaking good!

deb said...

I'm bowing to you o'good cooker one! YUMMMMMM!

Marc said...

I have to say, that looks delicious! I do love figs.

(You will probably think me a Cretin, but I'm no fan of the goat.)

garbonzo said...

That looks delicious! I need to get some figs. There is an ancient family recipe for pickled figs that is out of this world. But, it takes several years to cure (seriously. who'd a thunk it?!?!) so I need to make it now if I want to eat them before my girls graduate high school.

Recently we have been getting the dried figs at the natural food store and eating them with goat cheese or chocolate. Both are tasty options!

buffalodickdy said...

I didn't see that one coming! Imagination!

Michelle Ann said...

Doggy-it was freaking good! Next time I might add some sauteed wild mushrooms

Deb-we should have a pizza party; they are always fun!

Marc-no fan of the goat? I am sure that fresh mozz would work well too...

Garbonzo-I LOVE figs and chocolate. Scharffen Berger a chocolatier located in the bay area makes the most amazing dark chocolate dipped figs. Totally overprice, totally worth every penny.

Buff-glad I can still surprise you. I am working on a lamb/fig thing for this weekend...and I know how you feel about lamb.

Sully Sullivan said...

Yessss...goat cheese is fantastic.

I may just have to try this recipe.

I know I must have had figs before I just can quite remember what they taste like.

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

That looks awesome! I would never think to put figs on a pizza!