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Homemade Pizza with Gorgonzola, Mozzarella, Pancetta and Figs

Homemade Pizza with Gorgonzola, Mozzarella, Pancetta and Figs

 
Sometimes pizza night is convenient and other times it is extraordinary-tonight we recommend the latter.

Homemade Pizza with Gorgonzola, Mozzarella, Pancetta and Figs
Gorgonzola Fig Pizza
Photo courtesy of: FoodAndWine.com

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading and rolling

Sauce & Toppings Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned peeled Italian tomatoes
  • Pinch of dried oregano, crumbled
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 10 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1 large plum tomato, very thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces very thinly sliced pancetta
  • 2 ounces Gorgonzola dolce
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 8 fresh figs, quartered

Directions:

  1.  In a large bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, olive oil and water and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the salt and 3 cups of flour and stir until a really stiff dough forms. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Oil the bowl, return the dough to it and let stand, covered, until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.
  2. Punch down the dough. Roll it into 4 balls. Transfer the balls to a work surface, cover with a towel and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. In a blender, puree the canned tomatoes with the oregano; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Light a grill. Work with 1 ball of dough at a time and keep the rest covered: Roll the dough out onto a floured work surface to a 10-inch round, 1/4 inch thick. Transfer the round to a large, oiled baking sheet and brush with oil. Repeat with the remaining 3 balls of dough.
  5. Set all of the toppings near the grill. Rub the grate with oil. Carefully drape two of the pizza dough rounds over the grill and cook over low heat until golden on the bottoms, about 3 minutes. Working quickly, flip the pizza crusts and top each with one-fourth of the tomato sauce, parsley, mozzarella, sliced tomato, pancetta and Gorgonzola. Close the lid and grill over low heat until the pizzas are lightly charred on the bottoms, the cheese is bubbling and the pancetta is just beginning to brown, 4 minutes. Transfer the pizza to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and toppings. Return the pizzas to the grill, cover and rewarm until crisp, 1 minute.
  6. In a bowl, toss the arugula with the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil and the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Scatter the figs and arugula over the pizzas and serve.

Pair this dish with a delicious Quivira Sauvignon Blanc (750ml) – $13.99
This white will compliment the fig and arugula as well as the tomatoes and cheese. Or….Pair with the Tenuta Vitanza Chianti (750ml) – $14.99
A bright, lively, lovely wine, and unlike most Chianti, this one is not blended, but is actually 100% Sangiovese Grosso – the same clone from which the great Brunellos are made.

Courtesy of: Richard and Bella

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