Fig, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese Pizza sounds gourmet. It is. But man, it is so easy once you make the components. I could eat it every week.
This is a prime example of not letting your circumstances get you down but to push forward and savor the good in life – and fig, caramelized onion, and goat cheese pizza is most definitely one of the good things of life.
It’s the end of the month and the budget is a little tight around here – especially since my family took a little bit of the extra money we had to treat me to an amazing birthday. I can handle that. They did a great job.
But I’ve been seriously craving this amazing flatbread with fig spread, goat cheese, caramelized onions, arugula, and pork belly from one of our favorite breweries for about 2 weeks and it is so not in the budget. What’s a girl to do?
Well, this girl decided to see if she could at least partially recreate it. Yes, yes, I did. I had a pizza crust left from last night’s dinner since my favorite homemade pizza dough recipe makes 2 crusts. You’ve gotta see this pizza on Instagram – homemade barbecue, ground beef, corn…..mmmmm yeah.
Anyway, I baked the second crust yesterday and since today was a lazy kind of “blue” Saturday, I decided to see what I could come up with to replicate that fig and goat cheese pizza. I don’t have pork belly, which would be even more ah-ma-zing, but I didn’t let that stop me.
You’ll need to whip together (or buy) some fig spread, aka fig jam, and caramelize the onions but these aren’t difficult tasks. I had no idea how to make fig jam but really, it can’t be too hard if you’ve made jam before, right? So I followed the basic idea of fruit jam and pureed some mission figs with sugar and water then boiled it down into rich tasty fig jam. You want that recipe? I’ll hook you up with that soon.
And yeah, I really did just have some goat cheese hanging out in the fridge. I forgot I bought a double pack of the 10 oz. logs at Costco the other month and bought another double pack the following week. Since I’m the only one who eats goat cheese by itself it’s taking awhile to use it up and I’m dancing with time over it molding.
Finally, I didn’t have arugula, but that wasn’t stopping me either. I added a bit of spring greens instead. I contemplated picking out the pieces of arugula but who’s got time for that?!
My boys each ate 2 pieces and my daughter ate one then opted to fill up on a salad. That right there is winning – extra piece for me.
Fig, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese Pizza
Yield 8 servings
- 1 baked pizza crust - buy or use this easy homemade pizza dough recipe
- 1/2 cup fig spread
- 2 cups caramelized onion*
- 8 ounces goat cheese
- Handful spring greens or arugula
- Preheat oven to 500°F.
- Put pre-baked pizza crust on a baking pan or pizza stone.
- Add a layer of fig spread then add 3/4 the goat cheese, reserving a bit to crumble over top.
- Spread the caramelized onions over top, then crumble remaining goat cheese over caramelized onions.
- Bake 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let set 5 minutes.
- Garnish with greens.
*2 large onions, sliced thin and caramelized in butter**Add about 2o minutes to your time for caramelizing onions. I recommend caramelizing a super big batch so you have them for recipes all week long - like for quiche or on salad. Yum!
You can buy fig spread at the store or make it up yourself for much cheaper. It’s super easy and I’ll share my recipe soon. Now make sure you pin it for later and let me know what you think once you’ve tried it.
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