Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bacon, Fig and Arugula Pizza


Today I took a new step in my culinary journey. I just tried for the first time today.... the Fig.  I have never eaten a fresh fig before.  I don't know if I've had figs in anything other than the famous Fig Newtons cookies.  So I was a little apprehensive when I saw the figs on sale at my local grocery store.  Should I buy it and see what all the hype is about?  I see figs used in so many "fancy" recipes.  Yes, I consider them as fancy because I don't really see figs as a every day ingredient.  I decided that I would take a safe route with my two precious newly bought figs by pairing it with Bacon!  Now how could I go wrong there?  I loved my BLT Pizza so much I decided to make it's "fancy" cousin the BLF Pizza.  I don't know if I came up with the combination or not,  but darn if it wasn't a good idea.  The sweetness of  the fig paired so wonderfully with the salty bacon.   The "lettuce" I decided to use was spicy arugula.  I think I ate two pieces after I took my glamor shots for the blog and now I'm ready to go down and eat another piece because yes it was just that darn good.    

                                              

Ingredients:
 2-3 fresh ripe figs
5-6 slices of bacon crispy
1 large handful of baby arugula
1/3 cup of plain cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1 premade pizza crust such as pita, naan, afghan bread or boboli








Directions:
Bake your bacon in the oven.  Place bacon on a cooling rack over a baking tray and bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy enough to crumble.  While you have the oven on heat up your pizza crust base until it is warm and slightly crispy around the edges.




Next spread some cream cheese to cover the base of the crust.

Note: I recommend using "whipped" cream cheese if you can get it because it's lighter and easier to apply.





Chop one fig well and apply over the cream cheese in an even layer.

Next top with your crumbled bacon.  I like a lot of bacon.







Finally top with your arugula leaves a salt and pepper you like and more sliced pieces of figs.

Enjoy!  : )





21 comments:

  1. This looks so pretty! I'm inviting people over, just so I can try it!

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  2. This looks delish. I love fig on my pizza!! Nomnomnom..

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  3. I love pizza like this; I can not remember the last time I had one with red sauce. Looks very pretty too!

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  4. I love the combinations you have going on here. I love arugula....love the nutty flavor. I am sure it goes with the figs beautifully!

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  5. Love love - Figs and bacon are a winning combo!

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  6. I have never tried figs either, the closest I have gotten is fig newtons ;) But this pizza sounds delicious! Definitely a combination that I would not have thought of -- but totally works.

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  7. I’m glad you like figs! I have a fig tree in the back yard and the fruit is just JUM! 1000 times better then the one I buy in the store and in fact they look just like the ones in your picture. Just too bad there isn’t enough to make a pizza with.
    Bacon and arugula on a pizza? Delicious!

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  8. I love figs and this pizza sounds right up my alley! Glad you took the chance and tried something new to you =)

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  9. Can't go wrong with pizza. I love pizza.

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  10. I've been seeing so many recipes with fig lately. I have to get my hands on some soon. This pizza sounds wonderful!

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  11. Figs are such a special thing - this looks so delicious!

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  12. This looks so delicious and tasty. I love the addition of figs. I think I need to bookmark this one and test it out. Great creative touch on this one. Just beautiful!

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  13. What an unusual, but very intriguing, combination of powerful flavors. I'll bet this pizza is as delicious as it is unique. Bravo!

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  14. A great combo of flavours for pizza!

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  15. What a scrumptious pizza! I just had some fresh figs over my rice pudding the other day for dessert. And man oh man are they awesome. I think I would love them on pizza--thanks for the idea!

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  16. That is unusual. I'm not familiar with pizza that doesn't have regular cheese on it.

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  17. What a light fall recipe! Love the ingredients and pictures. I bet this is delicious!!

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  18. Stunning! I love figs and this is beautiful! Congratulations on the other pizza being featured...you're awesome!

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  19. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE arugula pizza. My husband is always like "why are you eating salad ON your pizza?" It's so good!

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