Around here, fresh figs start appearing in the grocery stores in September. I've never found any at farmer's markets although they do grow in our zone 5 area. A few friends have potted the trees and have fairly successful harvests--just not enough to share with many. In my opinion, the scarcity makes them even more appealing. While we enjoy eating them fresh, we also make sure to have enough for at least one pizza. Here is our favorite recipe.
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.