Monday, September 26, 2011

Pizza with Figs, Prosciutto and Asiago

I walked right by the figs in Whole Foods on Saturday with just a quick glance.  My mind was on whether or not to actually go through with purchasing the beautiful "antique" hydrangea that I had popped into my cart.  It was the most gorgeous bloom with a mix of dusty pink, pale blue, light green and a rusty peach.  It was $17.95!!!!!  That was for one large bloom not a whole plant.  While it was worth every penny, I came to my senses and headed back past the fig display to deposit the hydrangea back into its place with the rest of the florals.  More focused, I couldn't pass up these dark gems.  I really think they are some of the best figs we've had in many a fig season.  While we ate one pint by picking one up every time we passed through the kitchen, I saved the second pint for a special treat.  Yes, I purchased two pints.  After all, I had returned the expensive posy!

They were too delicious to hide in a complicated recipe so I decided on a simple pizza.  We were both delighted with the result.

Fig, Prosciutto and Asiago Pizza

  Use you favorite pizza dough recipe or purchase pre-made.
  5 to 6 fresh figs, cut into about 1/3 inch slices.
  2 Tbsp good balsamic vinegar.
  8 very thin slices of prosciutto.
  2 scallions thinly sliced with about an inch of the green included.
  About 3/4 cup grated Asiago cheese.

Preheat oven to 450.

1.  Prepare enough of the pizza dough for one medium or two individual servings and bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
2.  While the dough is baking, put the sliced figs into a bowl and sprinkle the vinegar over.  Set aside.
3.  Remove dough from oven and cover with the prosciutto.
4.  Sprinkle about half of the scallions over the prosciutto.
5.  Sprinkle with the Asiago.
6.  Top with the sliced figs.
7.  Sprinkle with the rest of the scallions.
8.  Bake for about ten minutes, watching carefully, until the cheese is melted.



  1. Hi Bonnie, We are back after taking a few weeks off from blogging. Glad to be back!!!!

    I have had pizza made with many different things --but never with figs... Interesting!!! Too bad I don't care much for figs... Oh Well.


  2. Looks wonderful! We make fig pizza all the time. Lucky us, my next door neighbor has a gorgeous fig tree, that produces the most luscious figs ever!!!!
    I am always sad when they are gone!!

  3. My, there is always something to learn on your blog. You definitely take me out of "my box!!!"

  4. We had a fig tree when I was growing up, so I know what I'm missing-Figs are so dear and so hard to find. Your pizza looks scrumptious. Now I just need to find some figs!

  5. This looks delicious! And I love those cheeses, too. Next time, buy the flower and show us! That would make it worth the money, to have so many people enjoy it! I can usually think of a way to justify any purchase!

  6. I adore a fig pizza and it's my favorite thing to order at one of my local Italian restaurants. What's not to love about figs, prosciutto & Asiago - a trifecta of deliciousness:)

  7. I have loved dried figs for years...they're the best thing in the world to have when you want something sweet...FAR superior to candy. But would you believe it wasn't until this summer that I ever ate a fresh fig!! Astounding, huh? Well, they are totally delicious.

    The pizza sounds wonderful. We mostly put roasted garlic and either fresh basil or spinach on our pizza, but I think sweetening it up with the fig would be a fabulous idea. I wonder if my family would go for that?

    Thanks for sharing,

  8. How absolutely divine! Such a sophisticated idea and I love it!! Although had it been me I would have walked out of that store with both figs and hydrangea! I wonder why I'm so poor?

  9. That looks delicious. I've a pint of figs that I need to use up -- that's what I'm going to make!

  10. WOW.....I love figs and Prosciutto and's so time I want you to bake your own homemade pizza dough, (if you need the recipe, let me know) .

    I wish to have a place as Whole foods here, :(, hugs, Flavia

  11. Drooling... Just drooling! This pizza looks most delectable. I'm proud you swapped the hydragnea for these (well I know the trip through the market with the eye-catching delight... only to finally talk some sense into ourselves... most of the time... lol). I think you made a good trade. ;) blessings ~ tanna
    ps plans getting firmed up for arriving in Roanoke the 23rd and will be there through the 30th!!

  12. I've done this before and it is wonderful my figs are almost ready`

  13. Looks delish..I bet the hydrangea did also~:)

  14. One of these days, I'll find fresh figs at a market near me. I've been wanting to make a pizza like this, so I'll be saving your recipe.

  15. Hydrangeas are my favourite flower but figs would be my guilty pleasure on pizza.

  16. I walked by many a figs! I have even picked them up and looked at them, but they are such an ugly fruit...on the outside. This pizza sounds amazing and I must keep those figs in my cart!

  17. I must sya the figs look good on the pizza, but since i was raised with a fig tree in the side yard, can't even imagine it on pizza, but then i did not think i would like pineapple on pizza but it was good. as a child they could not force me to eat the figs, it thought they were nasty and i only liked fig newtons. LOL. i wonder if i would like them now. my taste has changed a lot since i was small. but i still hate onions

  18. I saw some fresh figs at the market and was wondering what to make; a pizza! fabulous; you are so creative.

  19. Bonnie, I too, have been ogling the beautiful hydrangea. It is priced at $19 here. I did however come home with two pints of the mission figs (on sale) and made preserves. I am thinking I may have to go buy more to make the pizza.

    In reading your last post a minute ago, I realized I used the same quote on my last post. So sorry. I realize quotes belong to the world, but I do try not to least so close behind.

    Hugs! Bonnie

  20. Yum! This is definitely a pizza that's unique and looks and sounds delicious. I love figs, but love hydrangeas even more. It sounds like your bloom was absolutely worth every penny to me! Wish the ones in my yard would bloom more for a change. Go Bears!!!

  21. Not too sure about this.
    Could be interesting though.


  22. I would never have thought of it, but I can imagine it works. We often have figs wrapped with prosciutto as an appetizer. Next time I'll make a pizza instead and cut it in bite-sized portions.

  23. I just had dinner and now you make my mouth water. Have never put these on a pizza.

    All of that for just the bloom, it had to be one heck of a flower head. GO back with your camera and take some pictures this way you can enjoy it and it wont cost you anything.

  24. I don't think i ever had any figs! Let alone on a pizza!!!



  25. I would have never thought to put figs on pizza . . . this looks delicious.


  26. Hi Bonnie! Oh, how pretty. I must confess - I've never eaten a fig! :)
    I love pizza and will have to think about popping a fig into my tiny mouth! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  27. You are so funny...replacing the lovely hydrangea with figs! :) Good choice, Bonnie! But I think the exchange was worth it when you come up with this super combo on a pizza. Delicious!

  28. what an interesting pizza. I love figs so I have no reason to question why i wouldn't LOVE LOVE this pizza. The prosciutto with the asiago- GENIUS! It looks beautiful my friend

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  30. Pizza with prosciutto and figs...sounds divine Bonnie.

  31. Bonnie...I had just passed by the other day...grabbed your idea and put it on a puff pastry tart...absolutely delizioso!
    Sadly, I hadn't come back to comment on your blog. could I forget. Better later than never ;)

    Thanks for the inspiration and thank goodness for great tasting figs and Italian treats ;o)

    Ciao for now,


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