Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pizza with Figs, Prosciutto, Gorgonzola , Balsamic and Arugula


Fresh, peppery greens add important vitamins and phytochemicals to a crisp homemade pizza.

Cornmeal (for sprinkling)
1 packaged pizza dough

2 cups (about 8 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola
6 small fresh figs, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
2 tablespoons fig balsamic vinegar, divided
8 thin slices of prosciutto
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 cups arugula

Changes I made:
I used Whole Foods Gluten Free Frozen Pizza Crust - thawed and ready to cook.
I cut some of the Gorgonzola and subbed some Parmesan and some asiago (this was from the comments on the recipe and also because I had some on hand)
I used regular balsamic because 'fig balsamic?' Please Epicurious.
I also didn't have a lot of arugula, so I used some mixed greens including red leaf lettuce, spinach and arugula.

Preheat oven to 450. Sprinkle large rimless baking sheet generously with cornmeal. Roll out dough on floured work surface to a 12x10 rectangle; transfer to prepared sheet. Sprinkle Gorgonzola over dough. Sprinkle with pepper. Place figs in a medium bowl. Drizzle 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar over. Set aside.

Bake pizza crust until golden brown on bottom: 15 to 20 minutes. Immediately drape prosciutto slices over, covering pizza completely. Arrange fig slices atop prosciutto. Bake until figs are just heated through, about 1-2 minutes.

Transfer pizza to cutting board. Whisk remaining vinegar and oil in large bowl; add arugula. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Mound salad atop pizza.

Cut into slices and serve.

My Take:
Just get a frozen pizza crust - it takes so much less time and pizza should be easy right?

I really enjoyed this pizza. It has lots of my favorite flavors in it. It seemed fancy and slightly more healthy with the figs and the greens. It's also a really pretty dish that I think would be a great starter or dish to bring to a party.

I made this while the husband was away because he is not a fan of blue cheese - more leftovers for me! My four year old (who, granted, is a cheese snob - she loves all kinds of rich, stinky cheeses) ate this without question and asked for seconds.



  1. I've seen so many recipes lately for pizzas! So far, I think yours must be the best! The other one I really like is Mexican Pizza. What do you think? Thanks again for sharing this delicious pizza recipe!

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