Friday night=pizza night, am I right?
I can remember the days of yesteryear when I’d have a friend spend the night and our evening consisted of Papa John’s cheese pizza with the garlic ‘butter’ dipping sauce (I suspect there is little actual butter involved there), microwave popcorn, hours of TGIF (child of the 90’s here), and passing out around 11 p.m.
Those were the days.
Over the years, my pizza palette has vastly expanded to include things like pesto and pineapple and artichoke hearts and chicken sausage and fried eggs and even brussel sprouts.
Y’all, pizza sauces don’t have to be red, the meat toppings don’t have to be pepperoni, and the cheese doesn’t have to be mozzarella.
Today, I’m pushing y’all outside the pizza box with this simple summer pizza that comes together in minutes (for real, I made it AND was able to photograph it during my son’s evening 26 minute catnap)and highlights my favorite summer fruit- FRESH FIGS!!!!
Now, let’s get figgy with it.
A few summers ago, my fabulously adorable grandmother, the one and only Jen-Jen, rocked my world with a fig pizza. It was so simple yet so complex and oh so divine.
A simple pre-made crust. Sticky fig preserves. Salty, crisp prosciutto. Creamy goat cheese. And a touch of fresh rosemary.
That was all.
Ever since then, I’ve started experimenting with my own unusual pizza flavor and topping combinations, like my festive cranberry brie pizza I whipped up for the Christmas season a few months back.
Today, I’m revisiting Jen-Jen’s simple summer pizza, putting my own Paleo-ish spin on it.
Yeah, I’m a dairy dabbler, so this pizza includes goat cheese.
If you absolutely can’t do goat cheese (which traditionally isn’t as bothersome as cow dairy FYI), you could substitute a nondairy cream cheese, almond cheese, or just leave it off completely. You’ll still get a salty bite from the prosciutto.
Can we talk about how silly-simple this recipe is?
1) Get your premade crust ready. I used Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower pizza crust, which was AWESOME. It required about 20 minutes in the oven before I could add the toppings and it didn’t taste gummy or gritty. A+, Trader Joe’s. You could also use a gluten-free pizza crust mix like Aldi’s LiveGfree brand. If you really have a little extra time on your hands, you can also make one from scratch. My sweet potato crust would be darn tasty here.
2) Spread a lil love- When the crust is warm, schmear on a few tablespoons of the fig preserves (which you can find at nearly any grocery store nowadays, including Wal-Mart). If you’re using a crust that was cold, you could just warm your preserves in the microwave for a few seconds to make them more spreadable.
3) Say cheese- Go ahead and let the goat cheese join the fun, schmearing it into the fig preserves in a creamy glob of greatness. Remember, just omit it or substitute a nondairy cream cheese or almond cheese if you cannot tolerate dairy.
3)Get figgy with it- Slice a few fresh figs and lay them over the crust. No fresh figs in your area? Buy dried figs and bring them to life by letting them soak in warm water for 10ish minutes. That will still get the job done.
4) Ham it up- Lay a few slices of prosciutto on top of your cheese and figs. Feel free to add as much as you want. No proscuitto? Bacon or a thin deli ham would work wondrously.
5) Rosemary magic- Sprinkle some chopped FRESH rosemary. Don’t have any your garden? Go fork over a few bucks for some fresh from the grocery store. It’s worth it.
6) Roasty toasty- Let the whole gang boogie in the oven for 10ish minutes or until the prosciutto starts to crisp up and the figs start to get bit caramelized.
Serve with a glass of Chardonnay and a big salad for an elegant yet easy weeknight summer meal. It would also make a fantastic appetizer at your next cocktail party.
No delivery man required.
Healthy Happy Texan
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