Make pizza dough ahead and you are set for an easy weeknight pizza dinner. These fresh toppings can be mixed and matched to express spring your favorite way.
For the first couple of years of marriage, my husband and I lived in a total bachelor pad. One of our favorite weeknight dinners was a homemade pizza paired with a bottle of wine.
After moving to a new apartment, we decided to continue our tradition of pizza and wine for a simple at-home dinner. After gathering all of our ingredients, we could not find the oven! It turned out that there was no oven. What!? Apparently, all of the previous renters did not cook and found no use for one so the owner never installed one!
Needless to say, we were disappointed and asked the landlord to install one right away. He did, and we were able to get our pizza nights back on the calendar again.
This is the type of pizza that — assuming you have an oven — is super easy to make. We use a thin crust dough for our pizza recipes, but you can use store bought or homemade dough. And, toppings are very versatile. Remove or add veggies or meats as you please.
- 4 Figs thinly sliced
- Pizza dough we used thin crust Pillsbury dough
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Gorgonzola cheese crumbled
- ½ cup shallot
- ¾ cup arugula
- Balsamic glaze for drizzle
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a small bowl, add ¼ tablespoon olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt. Toss figs in mixture.
- In a frying pan, gently cook the onion in a little olive oil on medium, 3-5 minutes.
- Brush rolled out pizza dough with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle Gorgonzola crumbs on top. Place the pizza in the oven until dough turns golden (time depends on type of dough).
- After the dough is golden, remove from the oven and top with strips of prosciutto. Sprinkle with cooked onions.
- Place back in oven and bake for 2 minutes to warm toppings.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and dress with arugula and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Add additional crumbled cheese if desired.
Kimberly FitzSimons is a New York-based graphic designer and editor of lifestyle blog www.chicandsugar.com. Her fondness of timeless traditions, tailored style, and clean lines influence her design work, as well as her passion for food styling and photography. When she's not baking up a storm in her kitchen, she enjoys adventuring around New York City with her husband and two young girls.