No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. – Epictetus
Ever since I discovered carrot pizza (yes, it’s pizza made from carrots), I have been experimenting with lots of pizza variations. Please find Experiment # 1: Strawberry Carrot Pizza here.
This recipe is my Experiment # 2: Figs Apples Blue Cheese on Carrot Flatbread.
Carrot Flatbread: Instead of making a regular circle pizza, why not make it a flatbread? They look much better and are much easier to slice and eat in my opinion!
And if you’re tired of regular pizza dough (or if you’re cutting back on carbs), carrot crust is the way to go.
Figs and Apples: Figs are the kind of food that a lot of people don’t like to eat on their own, like me, but it tastes wonderful if combined with other things!
I just started using them recently when I tried to make fruit and nut bars. Also, on beef stew. Yes, beef stew. They add that hint of sweetness! So I decided to add it as a pizza topping.
In addition to figs, I figured I’ll add some apples in there too because figs and apples are just one of best fruit combinations.
Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions: The thing about using fruits in your pizza is you always want to have something in there that compliments the sweetness. Something savory!
A sharp cheese such as blue cheese will add a creamy salty sharp flavor. Also, some caramelized onions will add that roasty slightly sweet and rich onion flavor.
Honey Balsamic Glaze: It’s like that phrase, “put a cherry on top,” but instead, it’s “put some honey on top.” I love honey, and it goes so well with balsamic vinegar!
Why bake it?
This Figs Apples Blue Cheese on Carrot Flatbread is healthier than regular pizza an still really flavorful. If you want it even healthier, you should try to find some low-fat cheese .
It will surely impress your friends, family, and that special someone. Remember, the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!
- 2 apples (or 1/4 cup of applesauce)
- 6 - 8 dried figs
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 4 medium carrots
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons of crumbled blue cheese (or goat cheese)
- 1/2 onion
- 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
- 1/2 apple, thinly sliced
- 4 dried figs, thinly sliced
- 2-3 tablespoons of shredded cooked chicken (optional; preferably Balsamic chicken, but it's up to you!)
- 2-3 teaspoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- If you already have applesauce, you can just omit the apples from the instructions below and lessen the amount of water.
- Peel and core 2 apples. Thinly slice apples and figs. Place slices on a stove with 1 1/2 cup of water.
- Simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes until apples are soft enough to mash, figs are plumpy and water is almost gone.
- Transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Peel carrots and separate the juice from the pulp using a juicer. You can also slice it and blend in a food processor. If blended in a food processor, put in a cheese cloth and strain as much water as you can. If placed in juicer, just take the pulp out.
- Combine the carrot pulp with minced garlic, mozzarella cheese and egg, and shape dough into a ball, or two if you want to make two small flatbreads.
- Flatten out into a rectangular shape and place on top of parchment paper (not wax paper or foil as I've learned because this dough is quite prone to sticking). Make sure the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 20 - 30 minutes until the dough looks toasty and firmer. (Try lifting it up to see if it is firm enough.)
- While dough is baking, thinly slice the onion. Heat up a little bit of oil in the pan and slowly saute onions in low heat until it caramelizes. Set aside. (It could take about 30 minutes to "truly" caramelize them. I actually didn't fully caramelize mine and still tasted really good so it depends on your patience!)
- To assemble flatbread, brush the flatbread with fig/apple sauce (You'll probably only use some of it, which is ok because you can just use the leftover as a spread!). Sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese, crumbled blue cheese and caramelized onions. Sprinkle shredded chicken (optional). Then top with some thin slices of apples and figs. (You can also add more mozzarella on top.)
- Bake in the oven for about 5 - 7 minutes and broil for about 2 minutes.
- Combine honey and balsamic vinegar and drizzle on top of pizza.
- Serve and enjoy!
- If you have some arugula or lettuce lying around, it would also go well as a last topping after the flatbread is out of the oven. You can also substitute prosciutto or bacon for the shredded chicken.