Once considered peasant food for the laborers in Naples, pizza gained some popularity after Queen Margherita became a fan (you can guess her favorite- mozzarella, tomato and basil, hence why it’s called Margherita pizza). The craze spread to the US, thanks to Italian immigrants during 19th and 20th century who migrated for factory jobs. My ideal type of pizza is thin crispy crust with fresh mozzarella cheese and some fresh veggies or herbs to top it off. Those who know me knows I’m pretty obsessed with these gorgeous babies, figs. From my conversation with others, you either love it or hate it, like cilantro. This seasonal fruit generally shows up in New England during late summer/early fall, and I try to take advantage and use them in my cooking as much as I can. The balance between the sweetness of the figs, saltiness of feta, and the peppery arugula really wakes up your taste buds and perfectly served as an appetizer.
1 bag of store bought pizza dough, we will only use half for this recipe ( I used garlic dough)
1-2 tbsp of all purpose flour to prevent dough from sticking
1 tbsp pesto sauce
3 tbsp of store bought Alfredo sauce (I used Classico light Alfredo)
1 cup of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced or tear into medium pieces
1 cup of fresh arugula
3 fresh black figs, sliced into 1/4″ pieces
1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
balsamic glaze to drizzle
Let dough rise at room temperature for about 30 minutes, it should be more than doubled in size. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, preferably with pizza stone inside oven but if you don’t have one, use a cookie sheet. Sprinkle some flour on your work surface and on your hands to prevent from sticking, grab 1/2 of the dough and work until able to flatten it out. Place on pizza stone/cookie sheet, spread pesto onto the dough, then Alfredo sauce, then mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes. Take out of the oven, add figs and bake for another 5 minutes, or until crust has a brown color. Take out the oven, add arugula, feta cheese if using, and top off with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.