But, love is in the air, and tonight was pizza night in Chez One Food Guy. Pizza night in my house started back in February and since then many pizzas have been made in my kitchen. I've tried whole wheat dough and herbed dough, no more though since the plain dough is simply the best. I've made pizzas with spinach, eggplant, chicken, and pepperoni, lots of sauce or a little sauce, and always a blend of Manchego, Pecorino Romano, and sometimes Cordobes - all sheep's milk cheeses.
Tonight was a special night though, I had a great pizza cooking in my head all day and couldn't wait to get home to make it. I stopped at Trader Joe's on my way home to pick up the dough and other necessary ingredients. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, I made a caramelized onion, baby arugula (also known as rocket,) black mission fig and goat cheese pizza. My inspiration for this pizza came from a couple different places, for the arugula and goat cheese, thank you Wednesday Chef, and for the figs, thank you to my good friend Jason in Luzern, Switzerland. He recently made me a salad with fresh figs and now I can't get enough of them; I used dried figs for this pizza. The caramelized onions were all my own. Here is how I made this fabulous pizza.
Black mission figs, caramelized red onion, baby arugula, Trader Giotti's basic pizza dough, Trader Joe's First Lady Reserve unfiltered olive oil, and soft goat cheese (not pictured)
After letting the dough rest on the counter while I caramelized the onions, I stretched it gingerly over the back of my floured knuckles just so it was paper thin, almost to the point of tearing. I lay the dough across a pizza peel dusted with corn meal.
Next, I gently brushed the dough with unfiltered (flavorful) olive oil and spread out the caramelized onions.
On top of the caramelized onions goes a nice thick layer of baby arugula; don't worry, the arugula will wilt down.
and some soft goat cheese. And topped it all with some kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a good drizzle of the Trader Joe's First Lady Reserve unfiltered olive oil.You're wondering why it's the Almost Perfect Pizza, right? Well this pizza was certainly delicious. The crust was perfectly thin and crispy. The caramelized onions, arugula, figs and goat cheese were nearly perfect together. But something was missing, just a little something to offset the sweetness of the fig and caramelized onions. The missing piece, I believe, is a little acidity to balance out the sweetness. This pizza as it is has shot to the very top of my pizza menu, and next time I will caramelize the onions with just a touch of aged balsamic vinegar...PERFECTION!