“It’s a love hate thing, like right now I really love them.” – Superbad, Jonah Hill on parties, trying to impress a girl.
That’s also how I feel about figs. I used to hate them, but it was totally out of jealously, because I just really wanted to like them but didn’t.
Now, I’m in love.
Isn’t that how it always seems to work?
Like the boy in middle school that never liked you until you ‘grew up’ in high school. yeah. Too late for the boys, not for the figs.
Figs + garlic + black pepper + arugula = yes. oh yes.
I actually got this idea from Eileen from Ham Pies Sandwiches who commented on my blog the other day, thanks Eileen! It was absolutely perfect because I was only about 5 figs down from this recipe and the ridiculous intruding Houston ants ate the rest of my beautiful black pepper sesame crackers, so that recipe revisit was out. Damn ants.
I also really needed to use up the pizza dough I bought the other day because our refrigerator went kaput – due to a LOSER on craigslist – who sold it to us, BROKEN. I can’t think of anything nice to say… so I won’t say anything at all. Happy mom?
Oh wait, the pizza! It’s nice, real nice. Semi-sweet figs are brought to life with a final drizzle of honey. They top hearty, yet subtle, whole wheat dough, scattered with roasted garlic, glorious bright arugula and an abundance of black pepper.
To fall in love with figs, make this pizza. To laugh out loud, watch Superbad.
To have a happy Tuesday, smile.
Fig Garlic Pizza
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 1 store bought or homemade whole wheat pizza dough
- 5 figs, quartered
- 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- ~ 8 oz. ricotta cheese
- Sprinkle sea salt and plenty freshly ground black pepper
- Handful arugula to top
Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees and roll out the dough to desired thickness. Place dough on a baking sheet, and smear with ricotta cheese. Top with figs, garlic, salt and pepper. Bake according to package (about 8-10 minutes) for more crunchy dough, carefully remove pizza from baking sheet directly to oven rack for an additional 2 minutes.
Remove from oven, top with arugula, and serve.