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Fig & Pesto Pizza

  • Author: Elana
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pizza, size 9x13" 1x
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


Pizza can be messy—those toppings become unhinged and can decorate the front of a freshly laundered sundress. This makes a picnic in the country decidedly less pleasant. This picnic pizza bakes the toppings right into the bread! Slice and serve like little sandwiches. No mess, no dry cleaning bills.



  • 1 store bought whole wheat pizza dough
  • 1 jar store bought pesto
  • ¼ lb prosciutto di parma
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • Sea salt
  • 68 fresh mission figs
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Stretch out your pizza dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover, and allow it to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Slice the figs into quarters.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of honey with ¼ cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Allow the honey to dissolve, and then add the figs to the mixture coating them evenly with honey and water. Remove from the heat.
  5. Trim the long strips of prosciutto into smaller strips, about ½” long.
  6. With a sharp knife, make 1” cuts, ¾ of the depth of the dough, starting at one end of the pizza dough and working lengthwise toward the other. Continue making lines of cuts throughout the dough. Place a fig and a piece of prosciutto in each cut of the dough. Continue until all cuts are filled with fig and prosciutto.
  7. Top the figs with dollops of ricotta cheese, drizzle the entire surface with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  8. Bake in an oven heated to 400°F for 15 minutes.
  9. Then reduce the heat to 375°F and bake for 15 minutes longer. If the top of the bread browns too much, you can cover it with some aluminum foil.
  10. For perfect picnic presentation, slice the pizza bread into squares and again in half, spreading the pesto in the middle.


TIP: Keep the pesto in a jar and slather on-site to reduce transport-related mess.

Keywords: pizza, thick crust pizza, fig pizza