fig & arugula flatbread

I was really excited to see figs pop out at our farmers market. I feel like fig season is so short… I can never show up at the store expecting figs to be there on any given day, so I just snatch them up when I see them.

That night I put together this simple flatbread… a no-fuss, no-oven, casual Saturday dinner that we shared with nice summery white wine.

Oh, and by the way, we’re becoming old people this summer. We’re the old married couple that strolls to the farmers market early on Saturday mornings. The old married couple that watches “programs” on TV together. We bicker for the sake of bickering (or when we’ve run out of other things to talk about). And we spend probably way too much time alone together. But somehow we like it that way.

 

INGREDIENTS:
scale ingredients to your needs, amounts here do not have to be exact

pizza dough of your choice (I often buy the whole wheat dough from Whole Foods)
olive oil & garlic, for brushing on dough
spread of your choice (see options below)
sliced figs
handfuls of arugula
pine nuts
a few pinches of red pepper flakes
optional: drizzle of balsamic and/or honey

METHOD:

Roll out raw pizza dough. Mince some garlic in some olive oil and brush on both sides. Grill dough on each side for a few minutes until grill marks form and the dough is cooked through (time will depend on how thick your dough is).

Let the dough cool for a few minutes and top with the spread and toppings.

 

A few spread options:

1. ricotta cheese (fresh is best) + a squeeze of lemon + minced garlic + salt
2. a goat cheese/cream cheese mixture
or:
3. almond spread

almond spread recipe:
(makes about 1.5 cups)

1 cup raw almonds, blanched, (skins removed for a smoother texture)
1/2 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice and zest of one small lemon
1/2 to 3/4 cups water
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
more salt & pepper, to taste

Blend in a high powered blender, taste & adjust.

 

 

29 comments

  1. I wish figs hung around a little longer too. It’s the same way around here & you can never plan on there being figs at the store or the market. I did hear that there’s a fig tree on my work campus, so I think I’ll have to go for a walk & find it!

    Your flatbread looks delicious! We do one similar with blue cheese & I really can’t get enough of it.

  2. Allyn from lollingabout.wordpress.com on said:

    You guys sound a lot like us. I never would have though that I’d willingly wake up to hit the Farmer’s Market early. Or been willing to spend so much time with the same person. But sometimes turning into old people with a great guy is a pretty awesome thing.
    And we eat really well.

  3. Figs, regrettably, are rarely ever available anywhere I’ve lived. I adore figs for their sweetness, texture, & I think they’re just BEA-utiful. Costco occasionally sells them, hopefully when I move to TX I’ll have better luck locating some of the lovely fruits.

    This recipe is so lovely, decadent!

  4. Tess Danesi on said:

    I adore figs and have been buying them in a box of 24 when it’s available. This pizza is a lovely way to serve them. I need to see if the giant box is in stock!

    I’ve also been stuffing them with a chunk of Sottocenere (an Italian truffled cheese with an ashy rind), wrapping them in prosciutto, brushing them with truffle oil and grilling them for a couple of minutes. Then drizzling with a bit of truffle honey. It’s to die for.

    • Tina from morepleaserecipes.com on said:

      Wow, that sounds unbelievable! Not too much truffle though, right? I love the truffle kick but not when it’s too over-powering. I’m sure the sweetness of the figs counteracts it.

      • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

        Hi Tina, I didn’t use any truffle here…

        • Tina from morepleaserecipes.com on said:

          ooh sorry, i meant to Tess

    • Tina from morepleaserecipes.com on said:

      I was recently inspired to make a fig salad recipe but couldn’t find them anywhere. I ended up making the salad sans figs but would love to try it again. They were sherried too, yummy, sherry sweetness. Here’s the recipe for that delightful salad of spinach, apple, walnuts, and a huge slab of Humboldt fog: http://www.morepleaserecipes.com/2012/05/humboldt-fog.html

  5. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com on said:

    Fig and arugula flatbread sounds like heaven to me! Of course, I’m also the person who will just stand there and eat figs off the tree if you let me. :) I really like the idea of that almond spread too!

  6. This looks amazing! Thanks for the almond spread option and recipe too, I love the idea of that since I can’t have dairy. OK now I need to rush out and find some figs because I really want this in my belly :)
    Also – I am with you on the old couple thing, hubby and I work from home and spend an insane amount of time together. Most nights after I make a big feast for us, we clean up together, watch a little TV and then just turn in around 11pm for a little reading or a short movie before sleep. Somehow this ALWAYS sounds better than any party or bar :) I am ok with being old, haha.

  7. Firstly, ahem: YAAAAAYYYYYYY FIIIIIGGGGGSSSSS!

    Well that’s out of the way. I’ve got to say I love the old couple strolling-and-chatting, watching-tv-together stuff best too. It can be incredibly comforting to be so in tune with another person.

  8. Sophia on said:

    That looks fantastic. I have been experimenting a lot with home-made pizza dough (and just today bought some new flour) and have been meaning to incorporate figs into pizzas or even flatbreads. They are just about appearing around the markets where I live and I cannot wait to pair them with some goat’s cheese on top of a slightly charred piece of pizza.

    Gorgeous photos as always!

    All the best

    Sophia

  9. Phi from princesstofu.com on said:

    You’re so right… I keep a pint of figs in the fridge with some vanilla ice cream during this time of year. A drizzle of honey and roasted figs make everything better. I’m planning a fig, manchego, and pink peppercorn pizza for tomorrow…

  10. Hahaha! Me and my husband totally became old people this summer. We make dinner at five watch a marathon of Dexter and then in bed by ten!

  11. there’s nothing wrong with being old married people ;) . we spend our weeknights doing dinner, catchign up on game of thrones (awesome!) and in bed at 11. so no bigs!

  12. Kelly from snailsview.com on said:

    We just had our first figs arrive this week at our farmers market too, very exciting! This flat bread looks great!

  13. If i don’t snatch up figs when I see them in the morning at the farmers market, they’re all gone when I walk through at the end of the day. Next time I see them though, I’m going to save them for this flatbread. Looks gorgeous!

  14. Kristen on said:

    I think being the old couple sounds just fine! Enjoy !

  15. oh my gosh. I’m freaking out. Figs? ON FLATBREAD! I feel as though I’m having a life-experience. Bravo!

  16. That almond spread looks divine– what a great vegan option for this gorgeous flatbread!

    I also love fig season– I’m lucky enough to live in a neighborhood with a HUGE fig tree, and the whole block anxiously awaits their ripening. It’s not unusual to see 2 or 3 older Italian women in their housedresses filling up large containers with the ripe fruit when that time comes! You have to be quick with that tree, but the figs are so exquisite it’s worth the wait. I can’t wait to try out this recipe with my neighborhood figs!

  17. Mary from siftingfocus.com on said:

    Guess where I’m dragging my husband tomorrow morning? Yep, the farmer’s market. Dragging isn’t really fair – he really does love going with me. We also love to do the flea market thing together on early weekend mornings. I had to chuckle at your line about bickering for the sake of bickering. So very true – and in a strange way, yes, very comforting.

  18. Embob on said:

    Nami nami!

  19. Courtney Jones from thefigtree.blogspot.com on said:

    I’ll have to pick up some fresh figs next time I see them in the market. This flatbread looks in amazing! Great idea pairing the sweet figs with arugula. Yum! :)

  20. Heather from sundaymorningbananapancakes.blogspots.com on said:

    Simply amazing!

  21. love, love, love everything about this flatbread. Fresh figs! Arugula! Two of my favorites. Almond spread puts it over the top.

  22. This will be dinner sometime this week. I’ve been looking for the perfect savory application for my fig obsession. I’ve baked enough pies to feed a small army… figgy pizza party time!

  23. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com on said:

    I just snatched up the first figs at my market this weekend, too. They are so incredibly delicious…I’ve already eaten them all (oops). This flatbread looks like exactly the thing I want to make once I get another batch…just gorgeous!

  24. Autumn on said:

    WOW loved this!!! Made it last night for dinner and I was yumming over every bite! We don’t have grill so I just baked the crust in the oven and it came out perfectly! I also added a few slices of prosciutto de parma and it was mmmm mmmm good! Will be making this again since it’s a delish, quick week night meal!

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