Fresh Fig Pizzas with Cilantro and Balsamic Reduction

Fig Season is Short and So Very Sweet

Every year when fig season comes along my husband is like a kid in a candy shop – coming home with multiple boxes of different kinds of figs. “They were buy one get one free! How could I pass that up?” he says.  Well, to be honest, I agree.

Figs only are available in the sunshine state for a short period of time each year.  And each year I really get my fill – putting together fig salads, fig appetizers and my newest creation — Fresh Fig Pizzas with Cilantro and Balsamic Reduction, which was inspired by a great date night at Luma on Park here in Winter Park.

Fresh Fig Pizzas with Cilantro and Balsamic Reduction

Ingredients:

12 oz pizza dough – I buy mine fresh at my favorite grocery store bakery, you can also stop by your favorite pizza shop, ask your grocery store bakery or make your own
4 cloves of garlic
6 tablespoons good olive oil
6-8 oz mozzarella cheese
1 quart fresh figs (I like brown turkey figs for this, but any kind will do)
Fresh cilantro
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Course salt (kosher or sea salt) & freshly ground black pepper
4 oz blue cheese (optional)

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut your pizza dough into 4 equal pieces, shape into balls and set aside.

Chop your garlic finely, or press through a garlic press into a small bowl. Mix garlic with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside.

Cut the stems off the figs and quarter them.

Slice the mozzarella cheese into 1/8 inch slices (or as close as possible).

Chop up the cilantro, place aside.

Flour your counter top or large cutting board, and shape your dough into 4 small pizzas (using both your hands and a rolling pin as needed), line 2 cookie sheets (or a pull out our pizza stone if you have one) with parchment paper and brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil each.

Bake pizza doughs for 8-10 minutes until firm, but not brown.

Remove pizza doughs from the oven, spread each with a quarter of the olive oil and garlic mixture. Top each pizza with mozzarella, figs and blue cheese, sprinkle each with salt and black pepper to taste.

Put back into oven for 10-12 minutes until slightly browned and bubbly.

While the pizzas are cooking, put the vinegar in a small pot on the stove at medium heat until reduced by half and a bit syrupy (if your eyes and ears are sensitive, turn your fan on to get rid of the initial vinegar smell).

When the pizzas are done, remove them from the oven top sprinkle with cilantro, drizzle with balsamic reduction and rest for 3-5 minutes. Cut each pizza into quarters and enjoy!

Julia

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Fresh Fig Pizzas with Cilantro and Balsamic Reduction

Yield: 4 Small Pizzas

Ingredients:

12 oz pizza dough - I buy mine fresh at my favorite grocery store bakery, you can also stop by your favorite pizza shop, ask your grocery store bakery or make your own
4 cloves of garlic
6 tablespoons good olive oil
6-8 oz mozzarella cheese
1 quart fresh figs (I like brown turkey figs for this, but any kind will do)
Fresh cilantro
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Course salt (kosher or sea salt) & freshly ground black pepper
4 oz blue cheese (optional)

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut your pizza dough into 4 equal pieces, shape into balls and set aside.

Chop your garlic finely, or press through a garlic press into a small bowl. Mix garlic with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside.

Cut the stems off the figs and quarter them.

Slice the mozzarella cheese into 1/8 inch slices (or as close as possible).

Chop up the cilantro, place aside.

Flour your counter top or large cutting board, and shape your dough into 4 small pizzas (using both your hands and a rolling pin as needed), line 2 cookie sheets (or a pull out our pizza stone if you have one) with parchment paper and brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil each. Bake pizza doughs for 8-10 minutes until firm, but not brown.

Remove pizza doughs from the oven, spread each with a quarter of the olive oil and garlic mixture. Top each pizza with mozzarella, figs and blue cheese, sprinkle each with salt and black pepper to taste.

Put back into oven for 10-12 minutes until slightly browned and bubbly.

While the pizzas are cooking, put the vinegar in a small pot on the stove at medium heat until reduced by half and a bit syrupy (if your eyes and ears are sensitive, turn your fan on to get rid of the initial vinegar smell).

When the pizzas are done, remove them from the oven top sprinkle with cilantro, drizzle with balsamic reduction and rest for 3-5 minutes. Cut each pizza into quarters and enjoy!

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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4 Responses to “Fresh Fig Pizzas with Cilantro and Balsamic Reduction”

  1. JulieD — September 14, 2012 @ 2:05 am (#
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    Julia, this looks fabulous!! I have only JUST gotten into fresh figs recently…and I’m wondering why the heck it took me so long. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!!

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    • Julia replied: — September 15th, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

      Thank you 🙂 … I admit, I actually never grabbed figs until my hubby suggested we buy them. Now I am hooked!

  2. Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — September 19, 2012 @ 10:51 am (#
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    Oh my gosh! I absolutely LOVE the pairing of sweet fruit with salty cheese, and I am on a huge pizza kick, so this will be my next stop 🙂

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    • Julia replied: — September 19th, 2012 @ 10:55 am

      Thanks Kelly! Think it might also be awesome with some roasted apples or pears 🙂

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