My fridge has been full of figs, so I wanted to put them to good use before they expired. Last week I shared a Fig & Serrano Jam and this week, I’m sharing a fun way to use the jam, besides pairing it with stinky cheeses and breads. I decided to make a Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Pizza with arugula and caramelized onions. Yum, right?
Balance the Flavors
Pizza is so fun to make at home. The only rule is to make sure your oven or grill is nice and hot and the rest is up to you. You can use whatever ingredients you’d like.
What I didn’t take into consideration with my flavor combination was that I was adding more sweetness (caramelized onions) and an already semi-sweet jam to my pizza.
In my previous post, I mentioned the importance of keeping the flavors of the jam balanced. And, if you’re pairing the jam with non-sweet things like cheese and bread, it works. However, when I used the jam on the pizza, I lost the spice when I added the sweet caramelized onions. The flavor was delicious, but just a little too sweet for me.
Spice Tames Sweetness
I decided to add a couple slices of jalapeño to my individual pieces. It cut through the sweetness beautifully and the flavor balance leveled out. It’s nice how adding one extra ingredient can come to the rescue like that without having to start from scratch.
What are some of your favorite ingredient combinations on a pizza?
You should also check out my Tomato Ricotta Pizza.
FIG JAM PIZZA WITH GOAT CHEESE
- 10-12 ounces fresh pizza dough
- 3 medium sweet onions, sliced
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
- 2 cups fresh arugula
- 5-6 fresh figs, sliced
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Fig & Serrano Jam (see recipe)
- 1 jalapeño, sliced, if desired
- Place a pizza stone on the middle rack in the oven.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and let pizza stone warm for 1 hour.
- Roll pizza dough into a 10-12 inch circle, or shape of your choice and pierce with a fork.
- Place dough on a sheet of parchment paper. This helps with transferring the pizza on and off of the pizza stone.
- Place butter and onions in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
- Stir the onions every 5-10 minutes to be sure they are cooking evenly and not getting burned. They will start to soften and become translucent.
- After 30 minutes, the onions will start turning light brown and will start to caramelize. Continue checking the onions and stirring for about 50 minutes to an hour until onions are caramelized.
- Remove the onions from the heat.
- Spread Fig & Serrano Jam over the pizza dough.
- Next, scatter the caramelized onions over the pizza dough.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of goat cheese sprinkled over the pizza dough.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the crust is crisp.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Toss the arugula with olive oil, salt and pepper and sprinkle over the pizza.
- Add sliced figs and sprinkle with additional goat cheese, if desired.
If pizza is too sweet, add additional slices of jalapeño.
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