It’s time for pizza! Everybody loves pizza– even if someone says they don’t, there is probably at least one kind of pizza they would, in fact, love. Pizza means choices, and not just for toppings. Some love the goopy, deep-dish Chicago-style pizza. Others prefer huge, thin slices of hand-tossed New York-esque pizza. There’s also the traditional Italian Margherita pizza, and a newer favorite– the gourmet pizza. These tasty slices are usually on a thin crust, and have flavorful, non-traditional toppings. One of my favorite gourmet pies is this Rosemary Fig Pizza.
The first time I had Rosemary Fig Pizza was in a tiny little pizza place an hour away. I took one bite- and was sold, obsessed, delighted. As much as I love, and continue to occasionally devour, this adorable little pizzeria’s yumminess, I wanted this deliciousness more often than I could make the pilgrimage to buy it.
Making Rosemary Fig Pizza
Part of what makes this pizza taste so wonderful is also what makes it incredibly easy to prepare– it relies on just a few mouthwateringly delicious ingredients. First, you need a pizza crust. Either make your own, or if you simply don’t have time, use pre-made. Brush your crust with a little olive oil. Next, cover it in cheese– shred or slice fresh mozzarella,* crumble gorgonzola (or blue cheese, if gorgonzola is nowhere to be found), and cover your crust, leaving a small border for the crusty edge. Warm up a little fig jam, adding a dash of water to thin it out. Drizzle your fig jam sauce on the pizza, and top it off with fresh rosemary. Heat it all up in a very hot oven, and dig into the sweet cheesy goodness.
*Note: Fresh mozzarella balls can be found in vacuüm sealed packages with other cheeses, or you can make your own. Avoid using pre-shredded mozzarella because it won’t melt as easily.
Also Note: Fig jam was easier to find than I thought it would be, but if your local grocery store doesn’t have any, I’ve also found it at stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Burlington Coat Factory in the specialty food aisle.
Rosemary Fig Pizza
- 1 thin pizza crust (make your own or use pre-made dough)
- ~1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese crumbles (or sub blue cheese)
- ~1/2 cup mozzarella (preferably fresh- crumble or shred before using on pizza)
- 1-2 springs fresh rosemary (or sub about 2 tsp dried rosemary)
- 2 TB fig jam
- 1tb hot water
Preheat oven to 500 F (or as hot as your oven will go).
Brush crust with olive oil. Spread both cheeses on pizza dough (use more or less depending on the size of your crust, but make sure your crust is covered). Sprinkle rosemary generously over pizza.
In a small bowl, mix fig jam and hot water. Begin with 1/2 TB of water, and stir until fig jam dissolves into a syrup. Add more water if it's still too thick to pour. Drizzle fig mixture over pizza.
Bake 12-15 minutes until crust has browned and cheese has melted (pre-cooked crusts will take less time).