It’s all about new obsessions. Fall is here and the world (including myself) is obsessed with pumpkin. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin martinis, pumpkin soup, scones, bagels, raviolis, etc etc etc. Like I said… I’m all about the pumpkin too… but let’s get a little more creative than that…
Personally, I have a few new obsessions brought on by the fall season already. The first absolutely has to be this watch:
… I’m in love.
I’m also preemptively calling the new movie Gravity a new obsession. I just have a good feeling about this one.
I’d say my most important new obsession however would have to be my discovery of homemade pizza. My mind was absolutely blown away by making my first very own homemade pizza. (In case you missed it) I look at pictures of it and am craving it every day since. Oh my godddddddddddddddddddd…………….. yum!
Today I decided to combine my new infatuation for homemade pizza with an old obsession of my dear friend Ricki- FIGS. Ricki and I have been friends since we were 6. We have grown up together and have been friends for 21 years! Pretty cool, right? I can’t eat figs or dates without thinking of her, and because of her obsession with figs- I dedicate this recipe to her! She absolutely loves them… and so do I now too!
This recipe uses fresh mozzarella, pre-made pizza dough, some sliced fresh figs, olive oil, basil, grated parm, and lots and lots of garlic. What could be better? I decided to use just the basic garlic/olive oil sauce on the base of this pizza to bring out the delicate flavors from the figs and mozzarella. Top with some fresh basil, another drizzle of olive oil and call it a night!
Fresh Mozzarella & Fig Pizza
1 Prepared Pizza Dough, raw – I like Trader Joe’s!
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1-2 Tablespoons Crushed Garlic- I use Gourmet Garden Herb Tubes!
1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper, Sea Salt, and Black Pepper
4oz Fresh Mozzarella, thinly sliced
8 Fresh Figs, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, sliced
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1. Let dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2. Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in the oven. Preheat to 500, keeping the stone or baking sheet in the oven.
3. Roll dough as large as possible (14 inches or so), on a floured surface. Piece entire surface with a fork. Carefully remove the stone or baking sheet from the oven and arrange the dough on the surface.
4. Spread the Olive Oil and Crushed Garlic over the pizza crust. Sprinkle crushed red pepper, sea salt, and black pepper over the oil. Now, distribute the fresh mozzarella and fresh figs all over the pizza.
5. Bake at 500 for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is browned and crisp. Top with the 2 Tablespoons of sliced fresh basil and sea salt. (Crushed red pepper an an extra little drizzle of EVOO optional!)
Now get ready for some serious food porn! It tasted as amazing as it looked. Next time, I’d love to add some prosciutto, dressed arugula, and a balsamic drizzle! :)