Valentine’s Day is tomorrow fellas, and if you’re looking for a way to impress your sweetheart why not try this delicious white pizza with goat cheese, prosciutto, and aphrodisiacal figs. This pizza was thought up by Mairead on a whim, and as is often the case with her intuition regarding food, the flavor profiles on this pie compliment each other perfectly. Sweet figs and goat cheese, plus savory prosciutto over a rich, creamy garlic sauce, how could this not taste divine!
According to one interpretation of the Garden of Eden legend, figs may have been the true forbidden fruit. Indeed, when a fig is cut down the center, many observe it to be similar in appearance to a very important aspect of the female anatomy. Regardless of this, figs are high in the essential mineral, manganese, which is necessary for the production of sex hormones by the body. So, not to over simplify, but it seems the aphrodisiacal qualities of figs checks out. Either way, we’ll leave whether such an item is truly an aphrodisiac up to your own subjective experience, but we certainly found this pizza and a nice bottle of white wine to be a romantic, if not simply delicious meal. We hope if you’re stuck on what to feed your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day you’ll give this pizza a try!
Forbidden fruit anyone?
Honestly, I could just sit and dip bread in the completed white sauce that goes on this pizza. It’s buttery, garlicky, and creamy. Any gal or guy should be happy with this combo!
I most certainly left working with the dough to Mairead. Though I did attempt to flatten out the gooey lump into a perfect circle, it seems that I remain challenged when it comes to all things dough.
Once you have the dough rolled out it’s time for toppings! The sweetness of the figs is balanced perfectly by the savory prosciutto. Using goat cheese sweetened with a bit of honey is the perfect partner for this pizza topping ménage à trois.
The final product is sure to impress your culinary sweetheart!
A delicious pizza to share with a loved one!
(1) Package of pizza dough
Flour for rolling out the dough
(1 cup) Milk
(2 T.) Butter, unsalted
(2 T.) Flour
(1 T.) Garlic, minced
(¼ t.) Salt
(¼ t.) Fresh cracked black pepper
(¼ cup) Parsley, chopped
(5) Dried figs, sliced
(3 slices) Prosciutto, torn
(½ cup) Goat cheese, preferably sweetened with honey
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Though you can certainly use a crust that’s already prepared for this recipe, we purchased a raw dough from Trader Joe’s. Remember, cook your dough according to the instructions provided. So, if using the raw dough as we did, place some flour on a clean counter and roll out the dough into a rough, 12 inch circle. Be sure not to use too much flour when doing this as this will toughen the dough. Place the dough on a lightly greased backing sheet.
In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add in garlic and saute for about 3 minutes. Toss in parsley. Add the 2 T. of flour and cook for a couple minutes to remove the raw flavor and create a roux. Be sure to stir well to prevent clumps. Whisk in milk slowly and continue until the sauce thickens. Add salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Remove pan from heat.
Ladle the sauce onto the dough as generously as desired. Add sliced figs, prosciutto, and chunks of the goat cheese in a balanced fashion. Place the pizza in the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Cooking times will vary dependent upon the dough.
Eat the first slice “Lady & the Tramp” style with your lover. Yes, we know it’s not pasta, but this can still be done!