Can you tell I’m on a fig kick recently? But honestly if you make anything on this blog make this pizza. I’m tempted to make it for dinner two days in a row it was so good. Don’t be intimidated by the recipe…it’s actually pretty easy. However, give yourself close to an hour from start to finish (less if using a premade crust.)
We decided to try out an oat-based pizza crust for this (recipe below), but a store-bought crust or your favorite recipe will work just as well!
Caramelized Fig, Onion, and Goat Cheese Pizza with Balsamic Glaze
1 oat-based pizza crust (or any 16oz pizza crust)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
8 black mission figs
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup baby arugula and spinach (adjust depending on how many greens you like)
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup balsamic vinegar + 1 tbsp brown sugar (for the glaze)
Prepare pizza crust (following recipe below or directions on pre-made dough)
Preheat oven to 400°F
In a small saucepan, combine the ½ cup balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp brown sugar to make the glaze. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 10 minutes until it reduces to about on half – keep stirring! This will prevent glaze from becoming too caramelized.
While the glaze is reducing, slice a red onion into rings, and cook on high heat, allowing onion to begin to caramelize. This will take some time, so as the onion cooks start on the figs.
Slice the figs into thirds and dip slice into ¼ cup of brown sugar, making sure they are coated well. Arrange the figs on a large hot skillet (spray with a little cooking spray first), and cook at medium heat for about 3 minutes, until they start to caramelize. Turn them over and add 1 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Cook another 3-4 minutes and set aside.
Sprinkle feta cheese on pizza crust, and top with spinach/arugula, caramelized figs, onions, and goat cheese on the top. Bake for about 8 minutes until the cheese melt. Take out of the oven, drizzle with the balsamic glaze, and serve!
Oat-based Pizza Crust:
1 cup quick oats
4 egg whites (or 2 whole eggs)
2 tbsp garlic
½ cup water
Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix till combined. Place half of the mixture on a skillet on medium heat, cook about 3 minutes each side. Repeat with other half of mixture. Place both pizza crusts on baking sheet until ready to top.
Pizza Recipe adapted from: http://mayihavethatrecipe.com/2012/07/19/caramelized-figs-goats-cheese-pizza-with-balsamic-glaze/
Crust Recipe adapted from: http://fitfoodiele.com/2012/10/21/mmmm-crusty/