Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Figgy Focaccia

Figs are one of my favorite foods, but I rarely think about them when I'm at the store.  In the past edition of Southern Living, they had a whole section on celebrating fig season and different ways to incorporate them into recipes!

When M mentioned that he wanted to have homemade pizza one night, I remembered a recipe I saw in that feature, and knew it would be perfect.  The original recipe is just for a flat bread, but they suggest adding salami and fontina cheese to make it into a pizza.

Figgy Focaccia


·        1 medium-size red onion 
·        3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
·        Coarse sea or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
·        Plain cornmeal
·        1 pound bakery pizza dough (I used whole wheat)
·        8 fresh figs, halved 
·        1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves


1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Cut onion into 3/4- to 1-inch slices. Brush onion slices with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Grill onion slices, without grill lid, 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until tender and lightly charred.  (I just used a grill pan on the stove and it worked perfectly.)

2. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly dust work surface with cornmeal. Stretch dough into a 10- to 12-inch oval on work surface. Place dough, cornmeal side down, on a greased baking sheet; drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Rub oil into dough. Arrange fig halves and grilled onion over dough, pressing lightly. Sprinkle with rosemary and salt and pepper to taste.

      2a. This is where I added the salami and fontina.  You could put the salami down before the figs like you would pepperoni, but with having it on top, it got crispy in the oven.  

3. Bake at 425° on lowest oven rack 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.  Slice and enjoy!

It was delicious!  I will definitely make this combination again.  I love making homemade pizzas and experimenting with all different things.  It's easy, creative, and definitely healthier than getting pizza out!

If you want to try the other fig recipes, check out the list from Southern Living.  I've done a couple of the others before and they're just as yummy.


  1. Thanks for the post! My patient just gave me a gallon ziplock full of figs and I've been cooking and need more ideas!! I LOVE fresh figs

  2. I pinned it! thanks for the ideas

  3. Wow that must be good! Great idea! Check out my traditional rosemary focaccia here http://serenapalumbo.com/blog/?p=427