Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pizza with Figs, Prosciutto, Gorgonzola , Balsamic and Arugula

From Epicurious.com

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

Ingredients:
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.

Method:
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.

Recommended!


2 comments:

  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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