Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fresh Fig Pizza with Arugula

Fresh Fig Pizza with Arugula | Cooking on the Front Burner

I'm back today with the second of the fig recipes I tried this week and this one (at least for me) hit it out of the park!  Fresh Fig Pizza with Arugula lives up to the hype.  I originally had thought we would have this as an appetizer to our main course, but once we started, we decided what the heck and called it dinner.  I know the DIY Guy had his heart set on meat but even he agreed that this pizza was great and we could grill out the next night.  What a guy! (And we did!)

This pizza is made up of layers of really good stuff like ricotta, lemon, figs (the star), reduced balsamic vinegar, caramelized onions, gorgonzola and later topped with peppery arugula and, if desired, drizzled with some of the reduced balsamic.  Wow, it is a flavor explosion in your mouth!  It's a bit on the rich side, so a couple of slices were plenty for me. 

For this version I used my own pizza dough that I happened to have in the freezer but I listed in the ingredients a pre-made crust to keep it easy.  If you do decide to use your own dough, it needs to be on the thinner side and not too thick.

Fresh Fig Pizza

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 12-15 minutes
Yield 1 pizza
  • 1 pre-packed pizza crust
  • 6 fresh figs cut into 1/4" slices
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup gorgonzola cheese (crumbled)
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon zested then juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 1/2 cups arugula
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a medium skillet over very low heat melt the butter then add the onions and cook until onions are caramelized, stirring occasionally. This could take about 20-25 minutes. Low heat will make the onions brown at the right pace and not burn.
  2. In a medium saucepan simmer the balsamic vinegar until it reduces by about half then add the sugar and figs, stir and set aside
  3. Combine the ricotta, lemon zest and one tablespoon olive oil together in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 400
  5. To assemble: Spread the ricotta mixture on the crust, add the drained figs (keep the reduced vinegar), caramelized onions, and gorgonzola cheese
  6. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until crust is done according to package
  7. Toss the arugula with the other tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Let pizza cool slightly, top with arugula mixture and serve.
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First out of the oven

Fresh Fig Pizza with Arugula | Cooking on the Front Burner

Next topped with the arugula

Fresh Fig Pizza with Arugula | Cooking on the Front Burner

And finally a slice for you!

Fresh Fig Pizza with Arugula | Cooking on the Front Burner

Note - if you cannot eat the pizza all in one sitting, I would remove the arugula, refrigerate, reheat when you want and re-top with fresh arugula.

This concludes fig week at our house - we only have a couple left for eating!  If you missed my earlier recipe Bacon Wrapped Figs, enjoy:


  1. This looks absolutely wonderful! I've never used figs in anything savory. I don't think I've ever actually used them in any kind of cooking or baking! And gorgonzola?! Oooh! Such an interesting and yummy pizza. :)

  2. Yes, I'd definitely say this is a home run! I love arugula, and it would be heavenly with these other flavors.

  3. A local gourmet pizza place has a pizza like this on the menu and its one of my favorite things there! I can never find figs here though!:( I'm going to have to order them online or something so I can try your version! It looks fantastic!

  4. I love figs and I love arugula. I have pizza though in my house right now so I might make something similar today :-)

  5. This looks wonderful. I'm sure the peppery arugula and sweet figs pair great together!

  6. That looks and sounds delicious! I love that taste combo.

    Best wishes from Down Under!
    Natasha in Oz

  7. Fig and arugula pizza is one of my favorites! Great idea making this the main course...who needs anything else? :)

  8. Fig and arugula pizza is one of my favorites! Great idea making this the main course...who needs anything else? :)

  9. Wow, I love figs and arugula!! Wow! This is mouthwatering amazing! I would love for you to share this at my party Making Memories Mondays that is going on now! Hope to see you there! :-)

  10. Wow! This sounds great for Friday night - I love the flavor combo!

  11. I had something very similar to this at a vegan restaurant in Seattle last year, I have been dreaming of it since. This looks so yummy.

  12. I so need to find some figs so I can make this! Delicious!

  13. This is my kinds of pizza! I don't really like pepperoni but this looks amazing. Figs! Balsamic Vinegar! Arugula! All my favorite things :)

  14. Oh My! This looks really good!! I have never had figs on a Pizza!! Yum! I would love for you to stop by and Join my Link Party - My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! It's going on now until Monday. I would love to have you and I pin everything! Have a great week!!

  15. My kind of meal! I'm featuring this tonight at BOTW tonight, Deb!

  16. Swoon! This looks incredible - I've recently realized that I love figs so this sounds incredible!

  17. I'm always so amazed by you! This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. I appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls


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