Thursday, 19 April 2012

Summer Pizza Perfection

Focaccia con i Fichi, Prosciutto, Parmigiano e Menta
Focaccia with Fig, Ham, Parmesan Cheese & Mint

Everybody loves pizza- delicious, easy and fun! How about something a little different though? Fresh, cheeky and funky, with a Mediterranean twist? Now you're talking! And I would be so bold as to claim that it sure looks good too!

I was planning on making a regular pizza this evening, cooking up a basic tomato sauce and improvising a little in some way to do something cool (whatever that may have ended up being!)... but I also had one solitary little fig left over in the fridge and a couple of slices of prosciutto... and I decided that little bit of improvisation might well turn into a little bit more!

Here are a couple of great flavors for you and if you turn to a pre-made dough as I did, you can turn them into a really quick, memorable and delicious Summer meal in just a few minutes. I began by spreading the base with a nice, chunky Dijon mustard, which I then sprinkled with a few slices of parmesan cheese- this will melt and hold everything nicely in place. Sprinkle with a little finely chopped mint and then add the fig slices, spreading them out evenly over the whole surface.

Next, the prosciutto, cut into thin ribbons and draped evenly around the figs. Scatter more parmesan slices on top and pop it into the oven at your highest setting for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, remove from the oven and add some finely sliced Spring onion and a little more fresh mint, a little salt and pepper (or peperoncino if you prefer!) and the lightest trickle of honey- just a little! Turn on your broiler and pop it back in for 2-3 minutes...

After that blast of heat from above, the focaccia will be a wonderful golden-brown, fruity, crispy and delicious! Probably faster than driving out to the nearest pizza joint, OR having one delivered... and definitely a lot more fun! Do it yourself and enjoy something special- you deserve it!

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