Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula Pizza

Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaAround this time every year, I draw a bit of a blank when it comes to this blog. I mean, I have plenty of ideas, but they are all autumn-related right now and I am a stickler for seasons. I know it’s getting cooler and the light is changing and all that, but it is technically still summer.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaWe still have some berries and decent tomatoes left, but my desire to work with them has waned considerably—the pumpkin tunnel-vision is real, y’all. It doesn’t help that my social media feeds have been loaded with autumnal treats since August 15th. Regardless, I’m holding out on pumpkin and apples until September 21st. Nine more days.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaSo, if I’m done with most summer produce and am not ready for fall, what’s left? Figs. So many figs. They are everywhere right now!
Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaYou know what goes great with fresh figs? Salty prosciutto. And arugula. And gorgonzola. And balsamic vinegar.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaI could have taken all of these things and made a salad or something, but instead I threw them all on a pizza and you should, too.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaI take great pride in the quality of pizza I make at home. So many homemade pizzas come out on the bready side of things, which is great if that’s what you’re into, but it simply does not appeal to me. Instead, I go for a dough that is simple and stretchy, baking up paper thin in the center and puffy and chewy at the edges. Here it’s covered with a thin layer of tomato sauce and a few ounces of fresh mozzarella, along with prosciutto and some quartered figs.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaI let it start in a 500F oven before pulling it out, scattering some crumbled gorgonzola and a few more figs over the top (for variance in texture), and then throwing it under the broiler. I like to let it get a little crispy for a coal-oven-esque flavor.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaProsciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaNext comes a bed of arugula that’s been tossed with olive oil. I love the contrast of these peppery greens with the saltiness of the prosciutto and the jammy figs.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaProsciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaThis pizza gets finished off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar that’s been reduced to a thick, sweet syrup. Mmhmm.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaProsciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaOh, y’all. This is really good. Like I-ate-half-a-pizza-and-feel-absolutely-no-remorse good.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaIt’s a good thing the recipe makes two pizzas. That’s one for you and one for me, okay?!Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula Pizza

Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula Pizza
makes 2 pizzas

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 batch Pizza Dough (2 dough balls)
4-6 tablespoons strained tomatoes, tomato purée, or other sauce, divided
6-8 ounces fresh mozzarella, torn into pieces, divided
4 ounces prosciutto, sliced into bite-sized pieces, divided
8-10 fresh black figs, trimmed and quartered, divided
1/4 cup gorgonzola crumbles, divided (optional)
2 cups baby arugula, packed
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

If you have an in-oven broiler, place one rack about 6 inches from the heating element. Preheat oven to 500F for at least one hour–the entire oven needs to be very hot.

While the oven is heating, reduce the balsamic vinegar. Pour it into a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Simmer 8-10 minutes, or until thickened and reduced to 1/4 cup. Transfer to a small bowl. Aside.

When oven has heated for one hour, flour 2 rimmed baking sheets, tapping out any excess.

Flour your hands. Working with one ball of risen pizza dough at a time, place your hands (palms down underneath the dough, lifting it from the pan it rose on. Moving your hands slowly, let dough stretch with gravity, moving your hands slowly in a circular motion to allow for even stretching. Gently place dough on one of the prepared pans. Stretch further with your fingertips until the desire shape is reached. Pinch the edges to form a crust. Set aside while you stretch and shape the other ball of dough.

Working with one pizza at a time, pour 2-3 tablespoons of sauce in the center. Use a spoon or ladle to spread the sauce in a circular motion, leaving blank space at the crust. Scatter torn mozzarella over the top, followed by 2 ounces of prosciutto and 3 quartered figs (12 quarters). Set aside while you top the other pizza.

Working with one pizza at a time, bake pizza (in the lightly-floured pan) for 6-8 minutes on the floor of your oven. Remove from oven. Lift edges with a spatula to ensure bottom crust is browned. If it isn’t, bake for an additional 1-2 minutes, checking bottom crust after each minute. Repeat process with other pizza.

If you do not have an in-oven broiler, turn off oven and heat broiler for 5-10 minutes, until very hot. If you do have an in-oven broiler, turn it on and proceed immediately.

Scatter 2 tablespoons gorgonzola crumbles and 1-2 more quartered figs (4-8 quarters) over each pizza.

Broil each pizza 1-4 minutes, until crust and cheese are bubbly and a bit charred. Check pizzas after each minute, and every 30-45 seconds after the 2 minute mark. My pizzas broil in 2 1/2-3 minutes. I like to rotate the pans after 1 1/2 minutes for even browning. Let pizzas cool for five minutes in their pans.

In a medium mixing bowl, toss together arugula and olive oil.

Remove pizzas to cutting board(s). Top with arugula and a drizzle of balsamic reduction (you will have leftover reduction). Slice pizzas with a sharp chef’s knife (or pizza cutter) and serve immediately. Wrap any leftovers in foil and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Arugula will wilt over time.Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula PizzaProsciutto, Fig & Arugula Pizza

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Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-Up

The Super Bowl is coming up in just over a week and…

Well, to be honest, football just isn’t my thing. But Justin Timberlake and game day food are definitely my things. If it’s salty, crunchy, cheesy, made with Frank’s Red Hot, or is basically just a giant cookie, I. am. in.

The archives are loaded with big game-worthy recipes, but I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of my favorites to give you a little Super Bowl party inspiration!

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpGuacamole
I have never once brought guacamole to a party and gone home with leftovers. Not once. I make damn good guacamole, y’all. I don’t have some magical secret ingredient or any crazy methods—just buy good, ripe avocados and taste, taste, taste. Follow the recipe, adjust for salt and lime, and use sturdy chips. I promise you won’t have any leftovers.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpChorizo Cornbread {Gluten-Free}
Cornbread is pretty perfect all on its own, but I love this version. Slightly sweet and studded with salty chorizo, this cornbread makes an excellent soup side. And speaking of chorizo…

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpBeef & Chorizo Chili
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Super Bowl party that didn’t have some sort of chili on the menu. This Beef & Chorizo version was a happy accident that became a favorite 🙂

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpBuffalo Chicken Biscuits
Buffalo chicken is a game day classic! Instead of making traditional wings, shred it up and serve it on cream biscuits—everyone loves sliders! Don’t forget the bleu cheese and celery sticks 🙂

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpCaramelized Mushroom Tostadas
Who could say no to crispy tostadas loaded with sweet & earthy caramelized mushrooms, quick-pickled red onion, a swipe of guacamole, and salty cotija cheese?! This combination of textures and flavors is guaranteed to be a hit with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike 🙂 Need them to be vegan? Just skip the cheese.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpUltimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
If you’re into chocolate and peanut butter, this is the dessert for you! These cocoa brownies are topped with a layer of peanut butter cream and studded with miniature peanut butter cups, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, and peanuts—so freaking good.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpBrown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
As Julia Child once said “A party without cake is just a meeting.” I’m not sure that a Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is exactly what she had in mind, but it fits the bill on Super Bowl Sunday! This simple dessert is easier than making a batch of cookies and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpWill you be serving any of these dishes next Sunday? Let me know on Instagram!

Buffalo Chicken Biscuits

Buffalo Chicken BiscuitsGrowing up in Texas, I was surrounded by football. On Friday nights, we went to high school football games. Saturdays were reserved for watching the TCU and UT games, and Sundays were for church and the Dallas Cowboys. My parents were (and are) both very into it, but I’ve just never understood the appeal.

It’s not that I don’t like sports. I love baseball (I can’t wait for the playoffs!) and have been known to enjoy watching PGA golf. Yes, I watch golf–I blame my dad. But football just doesn’t do it for me. Total snoozefest. But I will come over to your house and watch the game anyway because I love game day food. If there are chips and guacamole, artichoke dip, or Double Chocolate Fritos Cookies, I will probably show up. If you are serving wings, I will be there for the pre-game show and stay through the post-game show because I love buffalo chicken almost as much as I love breathing.

Buffalo Chicken BiscuitsToday, I’m bringing you my new favorite game day snack: Buffalo Chicken Biscuits. Soft cream biscuits sandwiched with shredded buffalo chicken and homemade blue cheese dressing. Y’all, these are insanely good.

They’re also super simple to throw together. Start by making the world’s easiest scratch biscuits. There’s no chilling, rolling, or fancy folding here. Nope. These biscuits are as simple as stirring heavy cream into dry ingredients. Press the dough into a 9×13″ pan and score it so that there are sixteen little rectangles. Brush the biscuits with a little more cream and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.

Buffalo Chicken BiscuitsShred some cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, and toss them with some homemade buffalo sauce. If you didn’t know already, buffalo sauce is just a combination of Frank’s Red Hot and butter. Melt them together and voila!

Next, make some blue cheese dressing. Sure, you could use your favorite bottled variety, but the homemade stuff is so much better and so easy, it’s ridiculous. Stir together mayonnaise and sour cream. Then, stir in some blue cheese crumbles. That’s it! You could definitely use this on salads, but you may want to thin it with a tablespoon or two of milk.

Buffalo Chicken BiscuitsBuffalo Chicken BiscuitsBuffalo Chicken BiscuitsNow, to assemble. Remove the biscuits from the pan and slice them in half. Place the shredded buffalo chicken on half of the sliced biscuits, and spread the blue cheese dressing on the rest. Sandwich them together and serve with carrots, celery, and more blue cheese!

Buffalo Chicken Biscuits will be a hit at your next game day get-together. Between the soft, tender biscuits, the spicy, tangy chicken, and the blue cheese, everyone will want this recipe. This combination is also a favorite of mine for easy weeknight meals. Serve a couple of these little biscuit sandwiches (or put the good stuff on some hamburger buns) and make a salad, and your whole family will be happy 😊Buffalo Chicken Biscuits

Buffalo Chicken Biscuits
biscuit recipe from Dinner with Julie
makes 16 small sandwiches

Cream Biscuits:
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
2 cups heavy cream, cold, + extra for brushing

Shredded Buffalo Chicken:
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons butter
1/2-2/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce

Blue Cheese Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream

3/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

For Serving:
carrot sticks
celery sticks
blue cheese dressing

Make the cream biscuits. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with foil and grease lightly. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour in heavy cream, and use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to stir everything together. The dough should be a little shaggy, but come together after a few kneads with clean hands. Transfer dough to the prepared pan and press it into one even layer. Use a chef’s knife (not serrated) to score it into 16 rectangles. Brush with additional heavy cream. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden and cooked through. Place the pan on a rack and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan.

Cook the chicken. Place chicken in a pot or high-sided pan. Pour in cold tap water until the chicken is covered by one inch. Place pan over medium-high heat. Bring it to a simmer and let cook for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through. Remove chicken from water and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Use two forks to shred the chicken.

To make the buffalo sauce, combine butter and Frank’s Red Hot in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring frequently, until butter is melted. Pour sauce over shredded chicken and toss with the shredded chicken. Set aside until ready to use.

Make the blue cheese dressing. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir in blue cheese crumbles. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Assemble the sandwiches. Slice each biscuit in half. Top one half with about two tablespoons of buffalo chicken. Spread the other half of each biscuit with blue cheese dressing. Put sandwiches together. Serve sandwiches immediately with carrots, celery, and additional blue cheese dressing, if desired.

Buffalo Chicken Biscuits