Fig and Prosciutto Flatbread

cuisine Italian
season Year Round
difficulty Easy
serves 4

Ingredients

1 wood fired pizza crust 1/4 cup fig jam 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced as thinly as possible 8 dried figs 1/4 cup roasted garlic cloves 3 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 teaspoons syrupy balsamic vinegar 2 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced 1 scallion, green and white parts thinly sliced 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

2. Soak the figs in boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and slice the fig from top to bottom into thin slices.

3. Heat the fig jam in the microwave for 30 seconds to make it spread easily. If still too thick, add a 1/2 teaspoon water and stir.

4. Place the sliced scallions in ice water for 5 minutes until they curl. Remove, pat dry, and reserve.

5. Brush the pizza crust all over with the fig jam.

6. Top with the mozzarella, figs, gorgonzola, garlic cloves, pepper, and olive oil. Drizzle the pizza with 2 tablespoons of the syrupy balsamic.

7. Place the pizza directly on the bottom rack of the oven. Bake until the pizza crust turns golden and crispy, about 2 minutes.

8. Remove from the oven. Top with the prosciutto and scallions. Drizzle the remaining balsamic syrup over the top and finish with a sprinkling of flakey sea salt. Slice into wedges. Serve immediately.

Kitchen Notes

Any blue cheese may be used. Point Reyes is a milder blue for any who may find the gorgonzola a bit strong. Most well-stocked super markets sell pre-grilled frozen wood-fired pizza crusts. To make your own syrupy balsamic, add 1/2 cup of regular balsamic vinegar to a small pot over medium-low heat. Cook for 15 minutes, or until the vinegar thickens and is the consistency of syrup. Store bought roasted garlic cloves are fine, otherwise, simply peel a head of garlic and microwave the cloves for 2 minutes, Place the garlic in a small oven-proof dish, drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast in the oven at 375 degrees F. until fork tender. Let cool and if not using right away, transfer to a glass bowl, cover cloves in olive oil, lid and refrigerate.  The roasted garlic will keep in the refrigerator for a week when stored in an air tight container. The addition of a handfull of fresh figs, when in season, is a transformative experience.