When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But what do you do when life showers you with lots of beautiful, fresh, ripe figs? Make a Fig, Feta, and Bacon Pizza of course!
Figs are such an underrated fruit. They are sweet, juicy, unique.. And frequently free if you know the right people! I was home in northeast Mississippi back in August, and knowing it was about fig season, I mentioned to my dad that I would like to find a tree to go pick some. Before I knew it he had 3 loaded trees lined up for me, and one of the owners was kind enough to actually give me a starter tree!
After getting my fill of eating these delectable little fruits alone, I decided to get creative. The original idea was to make fig/bleu cheese/prosciutto pizza, however the super market in my tiny hometown does not offer such sophisticated ingredients. So I made do with bacon and feta cheese- and that turned out to be delicious in its own rite! Recipe below.
Fig, Feta, and Bacon Pizza
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Cornmeal for dusting (optional)
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, sliced thinly
4-5 medium sized fresh figs, sliced thinly
3-4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 oz feta cheese
4 oz. mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, caramelize onion slices in 2 tablespoons oil and prep toppings.
3. When dough mixture looks foamy (and 10 minutes has passed) stir in flour, salt and oil until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round (or rectangle if you’re using a baking sheet like I did). Transfer crust to a lightly greased pan dusted with cornmeal. Drizzle 1/4 cup of olive oil on pizza dough, spread caramelized onion, fig slices, bacon, and cheeses evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.