This Fig, Goat Cheese and Bacon Pizza is light but absolutely delicious. The creaminess of the goat cheese is paired with the sweetness of the figs and the savory taste of shallots. This whole wheat, thin crust pizza is topped with crispy bacon and a honey balsamic glaze. Yum!
Figs are absolutely amazing. They are sweet without being too sweet. They are soft and pair well with cheese. Plus, they look gorgeous and really class up any dish. For the last few weeks, I’ve seen all of these fig recipes around the internet and I couldn’t resist a few of them. I loved them so much that I decided to pair them up with some of my favorite ingredients and make a light, creamy, so delicious pizza.
I want to make pumpkin recipes. I really do. I LOVE fall so much but it’s still hot as heck here. I’m writing this post and it’s 87 degrees and humid…in the Midwest. This isn’t Florida, folks. Where is this fall that I’m promised and that I long for every single year? I mean, the leaves are falling, some of my pumpkins are done, and PSL is everywhere. But, yet, I can’t layer. Actually, if I wore a cardigan I might die from heat exhaustion.
Alright, enough longing for fall since I’m still benefiting from a longer tomato season and have fig season to celebrate. This Fig, Goat Cheese and Bacon Pizza is so dang good. I mean it. I did not want to stop eating it. In addition to the star ingredients of this pizza, I added some shallots to balance the sweet and a honey balsamic glaze. For the full sweet, salty, creamy, garlicky experience, each ingredient plays a part in this recipe. If need be, you could substitute a red onion for the shallots but expect a stronger onion flavor.
I ate this pizza for lunch but it could easily be made into a light dinner with a salad or an appetizer. The pizza is lighter without any sauce and really hits the spot for pretty much any craving! Also note, I use Lauren’s Latest’s Fail Proof Pizza crust as my go-to crust because I never prepare a day ahead of time (even though I should!) so this recipe is based off of her quick pizza dough recipe.
- 1 cup warm water (about 100 degrees)
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 6-8 figs, quartered
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 4-5 oz goat cheese
- 3 slices bacon
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together the dry yeast, honey and warm water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it starts to foam and bubble.
- Add in the salt, olive oil and whole wheat flour and mix it together.
- Once those are incorporated, add in the all purpose flour and mix together. Once incorporated, turn your mixer up to about 3 or 4 on the mixer and let it mix together for 6 minutes.
- After 6 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl, form a ball and place it into an oiled bowl and cover. Let it sit for 2 hours--until it is doubled in size.
- Once your dough is ready, pre-heat the oven to 475 degrees. Place your pizza stone (oiled with about a tsp of canola oil) in the oven to warm up while you add the toppings to your dough.
- Stretch out the pizza dough to about 12 inches around.
- Spread on the olive oil over the dough.
- Add the shallots and figs. Pinch off pieces of the goat cheese and place them all over the dough. Add a little salt and pepper. Using a pizza peel or your hands, place the dough onto your pizza stone.* Cook for about 10-12 minutes until the dough is starting to brown, the cheese is melting, and the figs are nice and juicy.
- While the pizza is in the oven, mix together the balsamic vinegar and the honey in a small saucepan. Heat on medium and stir occasionally for about 5-8 minutes or until it has thickened a bit.
- Also cook the bacon at this point either on the stove or in the microwave (which is what I did!).
- Remove the pizza and top with the bacon crumbles and generously spoon on the drizzle.
- I use Lauren's Latest's Fail Proof Pizza crust so this recipe is based off of her recipe: http://www.laurenslatest.com/fail-proof-pizza-dough/
- * I pre-heated the stone in the oven. When the oven was ready, I took it out of the oven and place it near my pizza. Then I moved it over to the stone and placed it in the oven. Having a pizza peel would make life so much better!!