Pizza nights are a great idea when you are gathering friends together. The only part I donʼt enjoy so much is making that dough. I usually make a grain free crust for us, but another great ( but grain filled!) option is slicing a loaf of focaccia in half for your pizza base. This week I bought day old loaves from our local farmers market, filled with olives and sundried tomatoes. They were perfect for a low-key family pizza evening.
Here is South Africa we eat very seasonally, so there are just a few weeks a year when FIGS are available. Right now, they are everywhere and so luscious. I’m cooking with them whenever I can! You can follow this recipe and substitute apples and walnuts, or just plain old pepperoni for the figs etc if that appeals to you.
Cheatʻs Pizza with Figs, Pears and Gorgonzola
By March 2, 2013Published:
- Yield: 1 Pizza (4 Servings)
- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Ready In: 25 mins
A healthy fruit pizza for the family
- 1/4 Pear thinly sliced
- 3 Fresh Figs sliced
- 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded
- 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
- 1/4 Cup Gorgonzola Cheese Crumbled
- 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
- 1/2 Cup Passata Sauce crushed and strained tomatoes, comes in a bottle or can
- 1 Handful Fresh Rocket & Balsamic Vinegar for garnish
- 1/2 loaf Focaccia Bread You take the whole loaf and slice it lengthways, so itʼs thin and wide
- Preheat the oven as hot as it can go (about 420/210) and evenly spread the passata sauce on the bread.
- Then sprinkle the thyme on top of that (itʼs my favorite herb...so good with everything!). Next add the mozzarella, that makes a nice cheesy foundation.
- Arrange the fruit on top of that, finally sprinkling over the parmesan and gorgonzola.
- Bake for about 15 mins or until you can see the cheese begin to lightly brown.
- I love to top this off with fresh rocket and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Total comfort food my friends!