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If you live even remotely near Glendale, California – you simply MUST check out Super King – the grocery store near there on San Fernando Road by the 2 freeway. It is so friggin’ CHEAP to buy produce there AND they have lots of unusual seasonal items like squash blossoms & sour grapes & grape leaves etc. I bought kale there this week – 3 for .99 cents. Kale costs $2.50 a bunch at my local Gelson’s.
Anyway – on my last trip to Super King – I got a litle container of blackberries for about .79 cents and I bought a container of green figs. I wasn’t sure what I would do with either (as I find blackberries always to be disappointingly sour and I have never purchased a fig before) but they were practically free & offered new culinary avenues to explore. As it turned but, I didn’t explore very far – in that – I just made another pizza but it was a delicious & uniquely flavored pizza with a lot going on. As it turned out, I again found all but a few of the blackberries to be sour & I found myself picking them off of this pizza as I ate it. And I did eat it. ALL of it. But not the blackberries. So – if you make this pizza – be sure to use very ripe berries or eighty-six them entirely. They add a pretty color but there are so many other flavors vying for attention here – you won’t miss the berries.
Fig, Fennel, Blackberry & Goat Cheese Pizza
(I won’t list quantities here because that is a matter of taste)
Pizza dough of choice (mine is HERE)
1 fennel bulb – shaved very thinly
Walnuts – crushed a bit
Figs – cut thin
Fresh rosemary – chopped finely
S&P to taste
Crushed red pepper (optional)
Heat your oven to 450-500 degrees & be sure it reaches temperature before putting your pizza in there.
Roll out your dough & put it on the cooking sheet. Brush some olive oil on there & maybe lightly salt it. (I went a little heavy with the olive oil. Oops!)
Set the walnuts aside for now. Then, simply layer the fennel & some rosemary & figs & berries & goat cheese & on your crust. Top with more rosemary.
Bake the pizza for 12-18 minutes or until the crust is browned & the cheese melted a bit. When you think the pizza is about 3 minutes from being done – add the walnuts. Finish baking.
When the pizza is done – drizzle all over with honey.
Slice it up & eat it. I added some crushed red pepper because that is how I roll. Enjoy!