Pizza with Figs, Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, Balsamic, and Arugula

Pizza with Figs, Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, Balsamic, and Arugula Bon Appétit | August 2009

by Jeanne Thiel Kelley

Fresh, peppery greens add important vitamins and phytochemicals to a crisp homemade pizza. Pizza dough can be found at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores (such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods markets) and Italian delis.

Yield: Makes 4 servings 
Cornmeal (for sprinkling)
1 1-pound package purchased pizza dough
2 cups (generous) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (about 8 ounces)
6 small fresh figs, cut into 1/4- to 1/3-inch-thick slices
2 tablespoons fig balsamic vinegar, divided
8 thin slices prosciutto (from two 3-ounce packages)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
8 cups arugula

Preheat oven to 450°F. Sprinkle large rimless baking sheet generously with cornmeal. Roll out dough on floured work surface to 12x10-inch rectangle; transfer to prepared sheet. Sprinkle Gorgonzola over dough. Sprinkle with pepper. Place figs in medium bowl; drizzle 1 tablespoon vinegar over. Set aside.

Bake pizza until crust is golden brown on bottom, 15 to 20 minutes. Immediately drape prosciutto slices over, covering pizza completely. Arrange fig slices atop prosciutto. Bake until figs are just heated through, about 1 minute. Transfer pizza to cutting board. Whisk remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and oil in large bowl; add arugula. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Mound salad atop pizza. Cut into pieces and serve.