Think Outside the Pizza Box

There aren’t too many things that get under my skin, but marketing idioms definitely make the cut.  I’ve attended too many business meetings to count and it never fails that at some point, or several, I find it necessary to divert my eyes to avoid a higher-up spotting them rolling when inevitably someone says, “drill down”, “low-lying fruit” or “reach out”.  Not to be neglected in the very scaled-down version of phrases I loathe is one you’ve all heard and possibly used yourselves, “think outside the box”.  I’m not even sure why this jargon jolts my petulance, but it does… and immensely so. I’ll now “get off my soapbox” and get on with telling you about my most recent creation, Ricotta Fig Arugula Pizza. Naan 2 I love using Naan bread to make homemade pizza.  If you have a picky crowd, you can personalize each round.  Even better, everyone can make their own pizza, provided an array of various toppings. Preheat oven to 400°. I made my own pesto for this pizza, but you can buy some pretty good pesto if you prefer.  Here’s what you’ll need to make your own: Pesto Ingredients About 2 cups basil, 1/4 cup pine nuts, 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, 1 clove peeled garlic, salt and freshly ground pepper. Pesto into Processor 2 Combine all ingredients, except olive oil, in food processor (I use my mini processor for small batches). Pulse until well chopped and slowly drizzle in olive oil, continuing to process until consistency is smooth. Andrew Helping, Gilligan WatchingMy helper and the hungry beggar in the background. Andrew Frustrated with PestoI know buddy…I know. Set pesto aside. Gather ingredients for the pizza. Ricotta Fig Naan Pizza IngredientsAbout 1 1/2 cups low-fat ricotta cheese, 1 cup dried figs, 2-3 cups baby arugula, 2 Tbsp pistachios, 1 tsp dried thyme or 2 tsp fresh, 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil for drizzling, 2 Tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar for drizzling, 2 Tbsp local honey for drizzling, approx. 1/4 cup pesto and course salt and freshly ground pepper TT. Slicing FigsI found these dried figs at Whole Foods.  I’ve bought dried figs before but, never have I found any this moist.  You can certainly use fresh figs, when in season and available.  I actually prefer dried;  I find them to be more flavorful.  I sliced them for this recipe. Chopped Toasted PistaciosToast pistachios in a dry skillet, over low heat, tossing constantly.  Remove from pan, cool and chop. Sprinkle Pistacios on NaanPlace spoonfuls of ricotta and sliced figs onto Naan bread.  Add dollops of pesto and chopped pistachios.  Sprinkle with thyme and ground pepper. Bake for approximately 7 minutes. Remove and top with fresh arugula. Drizzle with honey and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle Ricotta Fig Pizza with HoneyDrizzle Ricotta Fig Naan Pizza with BalsamicI used a local honey I bought from Elmer at the farmer’s market and a good balsamic vinegar we bought from Trader Joe’s. Top with a bit of olive oil. Related Post: Farmer’s Market Finds
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  2. 1 clove garlic, peeled
  3. 1/4 cup pine nuts
  4. 2/3 cup fresh parmesan, grated
  5. 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more as needed
  6. 1/4 tsp pepper
  7. salt, TT
Instructions
  1. Combine basil, garlic, pine nuts and parmesan cheese in food processor. Pulse to coarsely chop ingredients. Trickle in olive oil with blender running until the basil mixture becomes a smooth puree. Add salt and pepper.
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Ricotta Fig Arugula Naan Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups low-fat ricotta cheese
  2. 1 cup dried figs, sliced
  3. 2-3 cups baby arugula, washed
  4. 1 Tbsp pistachios, lightly toasted and chopped
  5. 1 tsp dried thyme or 2 tsp fresh
  6. 2 Tbsp olive oil for drizzling
  7. 2 Tbsp honey, for drizzling
  8. 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
  9. 1/4 cup pesto
  10. Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, TT
  11. 4 Naan bread
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place Naan bread onto baking stone. Place spoonfuls of ricotta onto Naan. Place sliced figs on Naan. Add dollops of pesto and sprinkle with pistachios. Sprinkle with thyme and pepper.
  2. Bake approx. 7 minutes or according to instructions on Naan package. Remove from oven. Top pizzas with arugula. Drizzle with honey, balsamic and olive oil. Slice pizzas in half. Serve hot.
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  Ricotta Fig Pizza 2I thought this was easy and delicious!  Mike loved it too! Related posts: NibblesA Pizza My MindBreakfast ParfaitsA Family Favorite *something you may not know: 5 dried figs contain 10% of your daily recommended value of calcium. Figs are also a good source of potassium. If you feel overwhelmed by all the nutrition advice, calorie recommendations and diet trends, read these: Fact. Not Fad.Let’s Crunch Numbers!Help Me To Help You!  
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