Today I took a new step in my culinary journey. I just tried for the first time today.... the Fig. I have never eaten a fresh fig before. I don't know if I've had figs in anything other than the famous Fig Newtons cookies. So I was a little apprehensive when I saw the figs on sale at my local grocery store. Should I buy it and see what all the hype is about? I see figs used in so many "fancy" recipes. Yes, I consider them as fancy because I don't really see figs as a every day ingredient. I decided that I would take a safe route with my two precious newly bought figs by pairing it with Bacon! Now how could I go wrong there? I loved my BLT Pizza so much I decided to make it's "fancy" cousin the BLF Pizza. I don't know if I came up with the combination or not, but darn if it wasn't a good idea. The sweetness of the fig paired so wonderfully with the salty bacon. The "lettuce" I decided to use was spicy arugula. I think I ate two pieces after I took my glamor shots for the blog and now I'm ready to go down and eat another piece because yes it was just that darn good.
2-3 fresh ripe figs
5-6 slices of bacon crispy
1 large handful of baby arugula
1/3 cup of plain cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1 premade pizza crust such as pita, naan, afghan bread or boboli
Note: I recommend using "whipped" cream cheese if you can get it because it's lighter and easier to apply.
Enjoy! : )