Figgy Bacon Ricotta Thyme Pizza

White figs

I’ve been the fortunate receipent of several pints of fresh white figs this summer. My daughter’s camp counselor has a tree growing in her family’s yard that started from a branch her great-great-great-grandfather brought over from Italy to New York – how cool is that?

Back in the early 90s, when I was a dietetic intern living in Boston, my girlfriend and I would save our dollars to treat ourselves now and then to Figs, the upscale wood-fired pizza oven restaurant owned by Todd English on Charles Street. The waiters wore shirts that stated Never Trust a Round Pizza” and we’d always get half Spicy Shrimp with Caramelized Leeks and half Fig, Prosciutto & Gorgonzola. I’ve always loved pizza but those meals opened my eyes on what really could be considered a pizza topping.

Figgy Bacon Ricotta Thyme Pizza

So, here’s my version of fig pizza – nowhere on the level of Figs’ offering but still pretty darn tasty, especially when you know exactly where those figs where grown.

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Figgy Bacon, Ricotta & Thyme Pizza

Ingredients

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  • 8 ounces fresh figs, (about 12), cut into eights, divided
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey, divided
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, add half of the figs and 1/3 cup water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes, covered (or until most of liquid has evaporated.) Cool slightly.
  2. Pour in a blender or food processor.
  3. Add ½ teaspoon honey and puree. Put aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  5. Roll out dough and place on baking sheet or pizza stone sprinkled with cornmeal.
  6. Spread fig sauce onto dough.
  7. Layer remaining figs and bacon over sauce.
  8. Dollop ricotta onto dough.
  9. Sprinkle with thyme.
  10. Drizzle remaining 1 teaspoon of honey over toppings.
  11. Top with black pepper. Bake for 20 minutes or until edge of pizza turns golden brown.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4-6 servings

Figgy Bacon Ricotta Thyme Pizza

What are your favorite pizza toppings? What’s the most unique toppings you’ve eaten or made?

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