Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Fig and Goat's Cheese Pizza topped with Rocket and Balsamic Glaze



Watching the recent vegetarian challenge on Masterchef, I was inspired by Claire and Jonathon's fig and goat's cheese dish. I felt that the flavour combination would translate well into a pizza, so I gave it a try, and it was very successful :)

An original Ladybird creation. Per pizza (serves 1):
Ingredients
1 greek pitta bread*
2 tbsp passata
30g goat's cheese, crumbled
30g mozzarella, grated
1.5 figs, thinly sliced
handful rocket
extra virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

* I imagine a homemade pizza base would be beautiful with these toppings, but Greek pitta breads make for a quick and easy alternative. They also go beautifully crispy once baked.

Method
1. Place pitta on a tray and top with the passata and season.
2. Arrange the fig slices and the cheeses. Season and drizzle with a little olive oil.
3. Bake at 200 degrees celsius for about 20 minutes or until golden.
4. Top with rocket and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
5. Serve immediately.

For a slight variation, you could add proscuitto if you wanted to.


I am not a big fig eater but I am totally won over with this combination. The caramelisation and sweetness of the fig beautifully offset the strong flavour of the goat's cheese, and the rocket and balsamic added an extra kick of flavour. Yummy :)



Ladybird x

7 comments:

  1. This looks great. I'm going to have to try making this!

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  2. What a heavenly combo! I can see why you made this. If I saw it on a menu I'd definitely choose it! :)

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  3. I love figs but hate goats cheese! What do you think I could replace it with?

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  4. Hi Jen, perhaps you could try replacing it with dodoni/danish fetta. They are both creamy and have a strong, salty flavour which might be a suitable alternative to balance the figs' sweetness. Let me know how you go! Good luck :)

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  5. I missed that vegetarian challenge on Masterchef but am sure that I didn't miss this post... that looks yummy especially with the figs.

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  6. love the combination of figs and goats cheese!

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  7. goats cheese and sweet things like these figs (or caramelised onion) is an absolute favourite combo for me. I really want to give pizza bases another go and have bought the flour in preparation but am yet to find a recipe that gives me a really thin base. I might go the pitta for this one instead.

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