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Fresh Arugula Pizza


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Fresh Arugula Pizza

Okay, okay, we may have cheated a bit on this one by resorting to store-bought pizza dough. Still, it's our favorite pizza -- perfect for any occasion. Goes great with a dry red wine (We like Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano D'abruzzo -- it's a low cost, GREAT, dry red wine. Plus, it comes with a cool little stick on the bottle... we're suckers for innovative marketing).

We grow arugula in a pot on our porch -- it is so unbelievably fresh tasting atop this pizza (but any arugula will compliment this meal perfectly).

What you'll need:

- a ball of pizza dough about 3" in diameter (use your own recipe or your favorite store-bought!)
-1 tbs. of corm meal
-1 container of fig paste or fig jam
-1 package of crumbled goat cheese
-3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella
-2 ripe pears of your liking
-a handful or two of fresh arugula
-2 tbsp. olive oil
-salt and pepper as desired

What to do:

Preheat oven to 425°F. If possible, preheat pizza stone for 10 min.

Roll out the pizza dough extra thin pizza.
Sprinkle the cornmeal on a pizza stone (or round baking sheet), and place the rolled-out dough on top. Cook for around 10 minutes or until dough starts to bubble. Remove from oven.

Spread the fig paste until the entire pizza is covered (slightly less than you would use for a tomato-based sauce). Sprinkle lightly with the mozzarella (not heavily, as you would with a normal pizza). Crumbled goat cheese is next. Sprinkle sparingly -- a little goes a long way, it is a strong flavor! Salt and pepper lightly. Throw it in the oven for 10 min.

Meanwhile, slice the pears as thin as you can. When the 10 min are up, place the pears as desired atop the melting cheese. Return to oven until crust starts to brown (5-10 more mintues).

Give pizza a minute or two to cool down before decorating with arugula. Before serving, drizzle lightly with olive oil and salt and pepper as you wish! Buon Appetito!

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Sounds delicious! A lot of great flavors.

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