Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 slices)

Top pizza dough with a ricotta cheese mixture, figs, onion, and ham to make this pizza. 

How to Make It

Place a pizza stone in oven; preheat to 500°. Let pizza dough stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Combine ricotta cheese, sour cream, half-and-half, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl. Flour a sheet of parchment paper. Working on parchment, stretch dough into an 11-inch circle. Brush with olive oil. Spread ricotta mixture over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with figs, onion, and ham. Slide onto a pizza peel, then onto pizza stone in oven. Bake 12 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Ratings & Reviews

Does a Pizza Peel Actually Work?

March 06, 2016
I tried following the directions for this recipe exactly; however, I ended up with a jumbled crust, because there was no way I could get the stretched pizza dough from the parchment paper to the pizza peel to the pizza stone without turning the pizza into an accordion.  The flavors were still good, and I like the idea, but I'm stumped on how to transfer the dough.  The figs added a slight sweetness, which offset the saltiness of the ham nicely.  The figs came from my fig tree, so I was especially happy to find another recipe to try that used figs.  Also, in case you didn't know, because I didn't know, you can buy balsamic glaze at Trader Joe's.  I didn't discover this until afterwards, so I used a syrupy aged balsamic vinegar that accomplished the same thing.

April 18, 2016
I think you are supposed to slide the pizza - parchment paper and all - onto the stone. We use corn meal - which acts like ball bearings - under the dough. We have had the accordion happen before :) It takes the right dough (too wet will stick) and the right amount of corn meal. We test to make sure it is sliding easily before trying to put it on the stone (it should slip right off). If you use the parchment paper & it is sticking to your peel, put a little flour/corn meal under it. Should helpBTW, jealous you have a fig tree!