Friday, April 20, 2012

The Munchies: Fig & Prosciutto Pizza

This post is strictly written tongue-in-cheek and should be taken as such. MiddleBar does not condone or encourage the use of any illegal drugs. 

MiddleBar Fig & Prosciutto Pizza
It's April 20th, aka 4/20 and college students everywhere are joining the 1960s counter culture by gathering at Hippie Hill in San Francisco to celebrate the herb Marijuana. The term "420" was coined in by a group of California high school students in the 1970s as the secret code for the time (4:20) after school that they would meet and enjoy their mind altering high. This code has been adopted by those who participate in smoking "Mary Jane" and today's date is celebrated around the globe as a world wide "holiday." (Seriously celebrated around the world, it's crazy!! Who knew??!) Today's recipe is tailor made for those suffering from a fabled humorous side effect of partaking in Marijuana smoking, the munchies.

Fig & Prosciutto Pizza
1 lb fresh store bought pizza dough (if you want to get fancy, click here for Mario Batali's recipe)
2 tbs cornmeal for sprinkling
8 oz gorgonzola cheese (about 2 cups)
8-10 fresh figs (sliced longways)
8-10 slices of thin sliced prosciutto
2 cups arugula (I don't like arugula so I use mixed greens)
2ish tablespoons fig balsamic vinegar
2ish tablespoons good olive oil
salt & pepper
pizza stone (not necessary but recommended)

Preheat oven to 450 with pizza stone inside. Roll out your pizza dough to your desired thickness (keeping in mind that your dough will grow in thickness as it cooks). Place your figs in a bowl and toss with a tablespoon of vinegar and sprinkle with salt and pepper then set aside. When heated, remove stone from the oven, sprinkle liberally with cornmeal and carefully place the dough on the stone. Brush your dough with olive oil and sprinkle with gorgonzola. Place pizza in oven for about 15 minutes until the dough is nearly brown and the cheese is melted.

Quickly remove the pizza from the oven and shut the oven door. Layer the prosciutto and figs onto the pizza and return the pizza to the oven. Cook for 2-5 minutes until the figs are warm through and the prosciutto is nearly crispy. Remove from oven. Toss greens in the remaining olive oil, place atop the pizza, and drizzle with remaining fig balsamic vinegar.

This is a delicious pizza that will satisfy whether you have the munchies or not!

Enjoy the fabled 4/20 Ya'll!

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