Once upon a time I had a dream that I went to Whole Foods and spent under $100.00. Bad news is that still remains a dream. Good news is I left with the ingredients that made the BEST PIZZA EVER!
I’ve always been a fan of pizza with a tomato-based sauce. I’ve never cared much for white pizzas. My favorite part of a slice of pizza, aside from that first super cheesy bite where the cheese always manages to come off of the entire slice and land on my white shirt, or right next to where the napkin is, is that bite right before the crust where it’s just a well-done sauce. I don’t need anything fancy, just a plain cheese slice with some red pepper flakes and some garlic powder. Unless you’re my roommate Alex, who in Austin, Texas, after a night of having one too many, dumped an entire jar of garlic powder on her slice of plain pizza, and not remembering she did it herself, blamed the pizza place for making a pizza with too much garlic. The best part about that? The new perfume scent in our hotel room that followed us into the cab the next morning… that made its way onto the plane. Those poor passengers…
Anyway, this pizza. OMG. The nuttiness of the arugula with the bitterness of the gorgonzola with the smokiness of the prosciutto that resembles a crispy slice of bacon perfectly paired with the mild sweetness of the fig and on top of it all?! The sweetness of the balsamic glaze that brings all of the flavors together perfectly. It’s honestly one of the best combinations of flavors I’ve ever had in one bite. Have you ever watched Food Network and pictured yourself competing on one of the shows? Well I always do and I picture If I ever had to make an amuse bouche to win a competition this would be it. This would be the one bite that would win me $10,000 on Chopped. Or the bite that would make me the Next Food Network Star. Or at least one step closer to meeting Michael Symon. What? He’s a famous chef AND he has tattoos! What more could you ask for?
Anyway…on with the recipe for the best homemade pizza. Ever.