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Monday, August 21, 2017

Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza With Caramelized Onions

Last month I was introduced to the wonderful taste of figs.

         I attended a wonderful conference last month and was introduced to the wonderful taste of figs. My only experience with figs before this was in those fig cookies. So I was pleasantly surprised when I had my first taste of dried and fresh figs from California Figs. This was an amazing fruit. These delicious figs are full of fiber, potassium, calcium, and antioxidants. I discovered that not only are these fruits great for snacking but they taste so awesome in cooking. I decided to make a pizza with them and it turned out so good. The goat cheese and onions just bring out a wonderful taste in the figs. It was a wonderful savory pizza. I used a prepared crust for my pizza but you could use pizza dough, just make sure to add 10 more minutes when baking.

I received samples of dried figs to facilitate this post.

Check out these interesting fig facts:

Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself. The seeds are drupes or the real fruit.
Figs are the only fruit to fully ripen and semi-dry on the tree.
For many years the fig has been used as a coffee substitute. The fruit contains a proteolytic enzyme that is considered as an aid to digestion and is used by the pharmaceutical industry.
This proteolytic enzyme, also known as ficin, primarily contained in the stem of the fruit, helps to break down tissue and was for many years the major ingredient in Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer. Because of its high alkalinity, it has been mentioned as beneficial to persons wishing to quit smoking.
Dried figs were first sold in a commercially manufactured cookie in 1892.
Figs contain a natural humectant – a chemical that will extend freshness and moistness in baked products.
Another chemical found in figs, Psoralens, has been used for thousands of years to treat skin pigmentation diseases. Psoralens that occur naturally in figs, some other plants, and fungi, is a skin sensitizer that promotes tanning in the sun.

Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza With Caramelized Onions   
1 tablespoon olive oil
                  1 onion diced into small pieces  
 2 garlic cloves, minced  
        8-10 dried Golden figs, sliced in half  
                   1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
                        5 ounces goat cheese                              
                  1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  prepared pizza crust, or pizza dough for one crust  
salt for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
 Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the onions and garlic. Cook the onions and garlic for about 10 minutes or until light brown. Spread the onions all over the crust. Place the figs on the crust evenly over the onions. Place the goat cheese and rosemary on top of the onions. Then sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and lightly sprinkle some salt on that. The salt will help bring out the great flavor. Bake at 400 F for about 15-20minutes or until cheese is melted. If using pizza dough, add 10 more minutes to the oven time.


Masshole Mommy said...

Goat cheese is my favorite. This pizza sounds amazing.

Nikki G. said...

Does the crust come out crispy? I must say, the thought of goat cheese scares me, but there's a first time for everything.

Mom Knows Best said...

I used a premade crust and it did. If you make your own crust, you can make it crispy of thick depending on how thick you roll it.

Unknown said...

I haven't used figs in cooking before so I am really curious to try this pizza!! Really anything pizza has my attention!

Unknown said...

We don't have figs in my country. I am very interested to have a taste of it!

Anonymous said...

Ooo homemade pizzas are the best. I haven't heard of figs before but definitely an interesting ingredient I would love to try. I actually ate pizza today too haha! homemade ofc.

Athena said...

Not sure about the figs - I truly have never had them although I am willing to try. But goat cheese and carmelized onions - YUM!

Cecilia said...

We hava planned to make pizza next weekend, so I'll buy the ingredients for this recipe! :)

Echo aka The Mad Mommy said...

Yum! I have never tried Goat Cheese on pizza, but now, I want to!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness I have a ton of figs off my tree that I've been trying to find a way to use. This sounds incredible! Must try!

Blair Villanueva said...

Oh so this what you call fig. I've bren seen this in my Mom's kitchen, but I couldn't get the exact name of it :)
Your pizza makes me so hungry :)

Unknown said...

I had goat cheese with wine during a wine tasting & absolutely loved it. It was my intro to goat cheese & I like it.

CWR said...

I don’t see when you add the figs to the pizza???

Mom Knows Best said...

Thanks for pointing this out to me. I corrected the recipe.

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