It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club! The Secret Recipe Club is a group of food bloggers who secretly make one of someone else's dishes and post them all on the same day at the same time. It's really fun, choosing a recipe to make, making the recipe, then reading about everyone else's recipes. It's a great way to "meet" other bloggers and check out some great blogs that you never knew about before.
This month I was assigned the blog The Tasty Gardener. I couldn't find the author's name anywhere on her blog (maybe I missed it), but I know that she is a gardener who loves to cook! I have to admit that looked for something specific when deciding on which recipe to make and I found it! I have been on a homemade pizza kick lately. I make a different homemade pizza every Friday night. It's really fun! In fact, my pick for last month's SRC post was homemade pizza too. :) I like finding really fun, unique pizzas, so that was the first thing I looked for on The Tasty Gardener. She had a recipe posted for Fig, Prosciutto, and Walnut Pizza. Perfect! I made it and loved it. Here's my slight adaptation.
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 cup dried figs, stemmed and chopped
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
3 slices prosciutto
½ cup goat cheese crumbles
Preheat oven to 425°.
Spread pizza dough out on a pizza stone. Bake for 10 minutes, or until dough begins to brown. Remove from oven and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic, figs, and walnuts. Tear prosciutto into small pieces and lay them on top. Sprinkle with goat cheese crumbles. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and drizzle entire pizza with honey. Slice and serve.
Makes 4 servings.
This pizza is a salty-sweet combo lover's dream! I just love the combination of the fruity figs, salty prosciutto, crunchy walnuts, creamy goat cheese, and sweet honey. Amazing.
Like last month, I made this pizza twice already. The first time I made it, I took lots of pics only to find out that I had a smudge on my camera lens and every single picture had a blurry smear on it. But that was okay because I was happy to make it (and eat it!) again. I made my girls regular tomato sauce/pepperoni pizzas because I wasn't sure they would like this one, but they begged me to try and they both loved it. )They are 4 and 6.) They were big fans of the figs and they can't resist anything with honey on it. :)
My only complaint about this pizza is that there isn't much to hold the toppings in place. They liked to tumble off right before I took a bite. But I'm not sure what would make a good "glue" for them. Anyway, that was a minor complaint compared to how much we loved this pizza.
I used goat cheese instead of mozzarella because for some reason, figs, honey, and goat cheese seemed like a great pairing to me. Have you seen these goat cheese crumbles? I had never seen them before, but I loved them.
I love goat cheese, but it can be a pain in the butt to "crumble" because it's so sticky. I always end up with big clumps instead of petite crumbles. Then I saw in the store and had to try it. It's weird because when you look at it, it looks like feta, and you really expect it to taste like feta, even though it's not. It's a surprise when you put a crumble in your mouth and it melts into smooth and creamy goat cheese. Awesome. And perfect for topping pizzas. (You can see the blurry smear I was talking about in these two pics because they were taken the first time I made the pizza.)
Thanks for a great recipe!
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