Roasted Fig, Goat Cheese, and Serrano Ham Pizza

This recipe hails from the heart of Mediterranean cuisine, where the sweetness of figs, the tangy depth of goat cheese, and the savory richness of Serrano ham come together in a symphony of flavors. What sets this pizza apart is not just the harmonious blend of ingredients but the playful twist of roasting the figs prior to their journey atop the pizza. This process deepens their sweetness, providing a perfect counterbalance to the sharpness of the goat cheese and the saltiness of the ham. The visual appeal is undeniable, with the vibrant colors and varied textures promising an experience that pleases the eye as much as the palate.

Ingredients

Serving Size

  • Serves 4

Grocery Items Needed

  • 1 lb pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
  • 8 fresh figs, halved
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 4 oz Serrano ham, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cornmeal or flour, for dusting

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the fig halves on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes until softened and slightly caramelized. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Increase the oven temperature to 475°F (245°C). If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven now to preheat.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, stretch or roll out the pizza dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a piece of parchment paper dusted with cornmeal.
  4. Brush the dough with the remaining olive oil, and then evenly distribute the roasted figs and crumbled goat cheese over the top. Arrange the Serrano ham slices to cover.
  5. Carefully transfer the pizza (with the parchment paper) onto the preheated pizza stone or a baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.
  6. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with chopped rosemary before serving.

Expert Tips

  • For an extra crispy crust, preheat your baking surface (pizza stone or baking sheet) in the oven.
  • If fresh figs are not in season, dried figs can be a wonderful substitute. Rehydrate them in warm water for 10-15 minutes before roasting.
  • Experiment with different types of goat cheese for varying flavors and textures.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this gourmet pizza with a side of mixed greens dressed lightly with olive oil and lemon for a refreshing contrast. Pair it with a glass of medium-bodied red wine, such as a Chianti, to complement the richness of the ham and the tanginess of the cheese. This dish is perfect for a cozy dinner party or a sophisticated family night in.

Nutrition Facts per Serving

  • Calories: 450
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Protein: 22g
  • Sodium: 870mg
  • Allergens: Wheat, Dairy

We hope you enjoy making and indulging in this Roasted Fig, Goat Cheese, and Serrano Ham Pizza. Feel free to share this recipe with friends and family, and don’t hesitate to experiment with different toppings or crust types to make this dish uniquely yours. Cooking is a journey of discovery, and every meal is an opportunity to explore new flavors and textures. Bon appétit!


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