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Sep042009

RUSTIC FIG AND GOAT CHEESE PIZZA

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I’m not sure why I’ve been so intimidated to make my own pizza dough. It has a quick list of about 4 stand by ingredients and reaped a priceless amount of self accomplishment. I watched the dough ball slowly expand and immediately texted Hugh to mark my success. I used a combination of unbleached flour and whole wheat, resulting in a hearty yet pliable dough.

The attractive thing about pizza to any home cook, is that it is a blank canvas for flavors. You can use whatever cheese you have, maybe some leftover shredded chicken, marinara sauce or pesto. I wanted to wish my beloved figs a fond farewell this season, so a savory flatbread was just the place for final enjoyment. At some point this holiday weekend, I'm sure you'll be eating outside, and likely with other people. I've YET to meet someone who does not like pizza. Unless you're some low carb, gluten free, fat free diner, in which case Hugh will gladly consume your portion.
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RUSTIC FIG AND GOAT CHEESE PIZZA // Makes 2 large, or 4 small pizzas

Dough //
2 Cups Unbleached Flour
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 to 1 1/4 Cup Water
1 tsp./ Half Packet Quick Rise Yeast
2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp. Sea Salt
3 tbsp. Fresh Chopped Chives

Goodies //
12 Fresh Figs, Sliced
½ Cup Soft Goat Cheese
½ Cup Fresh Shaved Parmesan Reggiano
¼ Cup Red Onion, VERY thinly sliced
¼ Cup Fresh Chives
2 Cups Organic Mache (Lambs Lettuce)
2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
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Turn your grill to medium high heat.
1. Make the dough according to instructions on Mark Bitten's blog. Please note I used 2 Cups Unbleached Flour and 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour which provided both a chewy and crispy texture when pulled thin enough, I also added fresh chives for a bit of color and zing. This needs to be done 2 hrs. in advance.
2. Once you've made your dough, divide it and pull it out to desired size. With your hands, rub a little bit of oil on one side, and put the oiled side down on the grill. Close the lid and grill for about 3 minutes.
3. Flip the dough over and push the dough down with a spatula to create a thinner flatbread (if you desire... I desired). Evenly distribute the sliced figs, goat cheese, parmesan, chives and sliced red onion across the dough. Give it all a generous grind of pepper and sprinkle of salt. Close the lid and grill for another 6 to 8 minutes untill all toppings are melted and there are grill marks on the bottom of the dough.
4. In the meantime, toss the mache lettuce with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper.
5. Remove the flatbreads and top with a hefty handful of the dressed mache. Chomp away while its hot!
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Reader Comments (46)

This looks AMAZING Sara!! NEED it NOW!!! ...or later? Come by, say around 6 tonight?

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Wow that pizza looks so amazing, love fresh figs, such a highlight to the summer months! i must make this recipe, i have been wanting to make homemade pizza lately, and this looks perfect, i have a container of fresh figs in my fridge :)

lots of love
Eliza

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

Its like you read a little piece of my foodie soul, this pizza is heavenly to me! I cannot wait to make this! Im so glad that you made your own crust too ;)

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ MaplenCornbread

The pizza is absolutely gorgeous. I just can't do figs! You may be able to change my mind here though...

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDana

@ Leah – our date is coming! I can’t wait. I’m in pizza euphoria right now.
@ Dana – Don’t push it, I think peaches, nectarines or even grapes would be good too!

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I've fallen love with figs lately! I need to make this, asap.

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I would never think to add figs to pizza, but this looks delicious.

Last weekend we had people over and made 6 different pizzas with things like purple potatoes, zuchinni, brocolli and sausage. they were delicious, and the crust was gluten-free because one of our friends is celiac. but it was so good!

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIsabelle

i *heart* figs with my pizza and yours looks simply stunning!

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter{kiss my spatula}

I am skiddish when it comes to pizza dough as well!

Gorgeous combo, I've been craving these ingredients lately!

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I agree -- pizza is a great canvas for flavors. This looks like a delicious combination. I don't use figs very often but this seems like a great way to try them.

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole (Cooking After Five)

This pizza looks so good. I love all the ingredients individually but now that they're together, I love it even more. Too bad we don't have any figs in the Philippines. I just love figs so much and looking at those photos is just making me hungry already.

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDivina

I absolutely love this idea. I've been mulling around with it for quite some time, but I'm fairly certain my boyfriend would think I'm nuts if I served that for a meal. Maybe as an appetizer? Then again, figs are hard to come by here... and crazy expensive!

Cheers,

*Heather*

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather

I tell people all the time that pizza dough is about the easiest thing to make! Glad yours turned out so good!

And the pizza looks amazing - love the combo of flavors!

I made Mexican pizza last night - it was so good!

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBiz

I need to get my hands on some fresh figs. Soon. That's a gorgeous pizza, especially with that thin crust. The nuttiness of the whole wheat would be so nice with the creamy goat cheese and sweet figs.

Now I'm rather hungry.

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertara

Look at those figs! I love the colors. I just bought figs to make a bread, but hopefully I'll have some leftover for this pizza. mmmm

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

Your site is beautiful. Beautiful food and beautiful photos of the beautiful food. Thanks so much for stopping by mine and I look forward to reading more goodness from you.

Oh my. Perfect use for figs, which I've been thinking about a lot lately.

I often make my own pizza dough, but for those who aren't into it, purchased flatbreads of pita rounds make great stand-ins. I always keep a package in the freezer.

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Leftoverist

My goodness! This pizza is perfection. I adore goat cheese and figs equally. Thanks for the inspiration. I am going to try making my own dough next time. I have been so scared to try for so long.

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEralda

Can I just say that I love it when you post? The universe just sighs and all is good again for the week.

And yes, I'm just like the rest of this crew-- I'm having a torrid summer love affair with figs, as well. This morning, my husband gave me a small fig tree as a surprise. {gulp} It must be written all over my face.

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim (@ Paper Apron)

Thanks for your nice comment :) Your pictures are all gorgeous, so coming from you, it was quite a compliment! I love your blog, and have several recipes saved...will try them soon!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

you just inspired me once again that MAYBE I can make dough. The first and last time I did it in my life, I broke it, completely. I grew up eating rice, kneading dough is so not my thing. My friend made this exact same pizza on our restaurant anniversary and it is super delicious. Yummm.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJam

Oh this looks great! I'm in for anything that combines figs and goat cheese:)

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

this pizza looks amazing!
what a great combination!

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

Grill pizza is something I haven't yet attempted - some day soon perhaps. Lovely

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Butterfly

This looks wonderful! I love dried figs on my pizza (with goat's cheese, caramelized onions and rosemary), but have never tried fresh. From the looks of this, it's going on my list!

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEle

i am so freaked out by pizza dough. i bought some a bit back and couldn't get it to spread out thin enough. i'll have to keep trying.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLainey

This looks wonderful! I recently made a pizza with gorgonzola, bacon, caramelized onions, and black mission figs. I just discovered the green figs a few weeks ago and I am in love with them. Beautiful pizza, and amazing blog.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

This looks absolutely amazing! I have never thought to add figs to pizza. I just keep dipping mine in chocolate :)

Congrats on the pizza dough. I absolutely love making mine own. Your pictures are amazingly beautiful.

September 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhitneyinchicago@gma

I love me some pizza on the grill! It's changed my pizza experience.. now I just have to get on top of making pizza dough ahead of time and freezing it.. so I always have it on hand. I've had great intentions of making this...

Your photos make me drool! They are so fresh and so clean clean!

September 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Mae

that looks great! and your pictures are gorgeous too.

September 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRita

I also like to make pizza pizza from scratch but i never used chives into dough for texture now i will definitely going to use it thanks for recipe.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheese products

I just made this and it was beautiful - thanks for posting!

February 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVillageCook

[...] try all sorts of variations, we have been enjoying a beautiful fig and goats cheese pizza thanks to Sprouted Kitchen. The only danger here is that you’ll never want to eat pizza out [...]

I wonder if I could do this on a grill pan. Photos and food look amazing :)

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Franzen

[...] dough from Sprouted Kitchen [...]

[...] make it. I did use mostly ww flour and baked it in the oven but below is the original recipe from Sprouted Kitchen.  Pair with a mixed greens salad and you have a perfectly healthy and filling [...]

[...] Whole Wheat Pizza Crust (see recipe here) 1 Yellow Onion, sliced thin 1/2 tbsp. Butter 1 Medium Apple (Honeycrisp, Fuji or anything crispy) [...]

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAPPLE & SMOKED MOZARELLA M

[...] you’re interested in the recipe for the pizza dough we used in this recipe, you can find it here. As a side note, when figs are back in season you should try this fig pizza, it was awesome.  [...]

I'm totally making this for my wife tonight, but changing somethings. Since in MN its hard to get figs I'm using pears, red onions, chevre, prosciutto, with spinach drizzled with balsamic and olive oil. should be good I'll post it on our personal page later...

December 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterben

[...] and have had some success.  But, one day when trying to make a fig pizza that I found on the Sprouted Kitchen  (a website that has some healthy recipes that I plan on trying out in the future) I decided to try [...]

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCooking Show – Episode #

[...] Generous Pinch of Dried Oregano 1 Small Yellow Onion, halved and sliced Whole Grain Pizza Crust (This recipe gives you two crusts. You can also buy a fresh dough ball from your local pizza place for [...]

Just one click on the Za'atar pizza and I'm thrusted into the blackhole of your amazing archive posts again, Sara. MMmmm Mmmm Mm. Love figs. Love this. In regards to your creative ebbing (and not flowing), I'm sending lots of good ju ju your way. In the meantime, head to the ocean my friend! Salt water makes everything better.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

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October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFig, Goat Cheese & Arugula

i have a new fig tree and have been eating them like mad. going to try this tomorrow!

May 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

TIENE UNA PINTA TREMENDA, ME ENCANTA

July 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJUAN ANTONIO

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