Naan Pizza with Figs Goat Cheese & Balsamic Pinot Reduction

Naan Pizza with Figs Goat Cheese recipeWe almost let fig season escape without sharing one of our most fragrant and enticing appetizer recipes with you, Naan Pizza with Figs, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Pinot Reduction. With juicy organic figs from the Santa Barbara Farmers Market and fresh thyme, each savory bite reminds you of the lovely days of summer greeting the start of autumn.

It makes a wonderful hors d’oeuvre for large parties or just a quiet evening for two at home. They are best right out of the oven, when the onions are still warm and the figs perfume the air. In our kitchen they usually don’t have time to even cool down before they are devoured by hungry guests. We have made this appetizer for many happy gatherings and it is always tremendously popular.

Figs Santa Barbara Farmers Market

Judit found figs at the Farmers Market

Before moving to the Central Coast of California we only munched on dried figs and had no idea about what culinary treasure we were missing! In the markets of Hungary, Germany and in Austria these darling purple globes made their appearance mostly around Christmas time, and quickly disappeared. The sweet fig season is in full bloom in Santa Barbara right now and the season typically lasts from late July through early October, but we have had some unusually short seasons over the years, like last year when we had to search all the Farmers Markets and stores to find figs at the end of August. Can you imagine our joy when we finally found a few baskets at the Farmers Market.

Figs Santa Barbara SunsetNaan Pizza with Figs, Goat Cheese PinotA fresh plump fig tastes like honeyed peaches and sweet strawberries with a soft texture and crunchy tiny seeds. This seductive fruit fascinated poets and culinary adventurers alike. We simply adore them too and are plotting many ways to enjoy this tantalizing fruit. Our thoughts are on jam, tart or on savory sauce, but mostly how could we get more…more…and more!

Naan Pizza Corina

Corina is thinking of which piece to have first…

For this Naan Pizza with Figs, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Pinot Reduction recipe we used Mission figs, they have a dark purple skin with a peachy pink interior and are quite common in California and grow throughout the city. We encourage you to make this recipe with dry figs if you don’t have fresh figs available. Figs were originally discovered thousands of years ago and Mission Figs were brought to San Diego around 1770 by Franciscan missionaries and were planted by the California Missions. Figs were eaten by the Olympic athletes of ancient Greece and at one point in Greek history it was illegal to export high quality figs out of the country.

Naan Pizza Fog GoatcheeseFigs are said to lower high blood pressure and are a good source of potassium, magnesium, and fiber. If you need to eat diabetic-friendly make sure to use fresh figs since the dried ones have a higher sugar content. Figs are one little powerful superfood and for it’s small size is packed full of nutrition. They are extremely perishable so if you buy them fresh make sure to eat them within a few days.

Rideau Vineyard

Relaxing at Rideau Vineyard

As to this luscious, sweet fig appetizer you will truly relish in the crunchy crust, juicy delicate fig slices and in the creamy softness of the goat cheese. The touch of minty notes from the thyme and the burst of jammy flavors of the Balsamic Pinot Reduction will bring a satisfying balance to every bite. To make this appetizer super easy we got organic naan that is already prebaked so it wont take very long and you can assemble it while the guests are there.

This recipe could also easily translate to a larger whole wheat pizza pie. If you are inclined to do this, make sure to prebake your crust, before adding all these delectable toppings.Most of you time will be spent making the caramelized onions and reduction, so if you are planing a party you may wish to make them ahead. We like to prepare this steps a day in advance and just focus on assembly during the party.

Naan Pizza with Figs Goat Cheese

Naan Pizza with Figs, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Pinot Reduction

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Naan Pizza with Figs, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Pinot Reduction

by Judit + Corina

Ingredients

  • 2 Organic Naan - store brought or home made
  • 1/2 cup Caramelized Onions - use about 1/2 of our recipe
  • 4 - 6 Fresh Figs - sliced
  • 1 - 2 oz Chèvre (goat cheese) - or more if you like

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. To assemble the Naan Pizza: Place the prebaked naan on a baking sheet lined with parchment and spread the caramelized onions in a thin layer on the bread. 
  3. Lay the sliced figs on top and add little dollops of goat cheese.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 3 to 4 minutes until the figs become glossy and the chèvre melts slightly.
  5. Transfer the Naan pizza to a cutting board and sprinkle with thyme leaves and drizzle with the balsamic pinot reduction. To serve as an appetizer cut each naan pizza into 6 pieces. If you serve it as a meal you can transfer it to a dinner plate right from the oven.

Notes

You can find organic naan in Whole Foods Market or other Gourmet stores, we like to use whole wheat.

http://glamorousbite.com/recipes/naan-pizza-figs-goat-cheese-balsamic-pinot-reduction/

For the Caramelized Onions
Ingredients
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Butter
2 Onions – thinly sliced
1 Tsp Sea Salt
Black Pepper – freshly ground
1/2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
Splash of White Wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling

Directions
In a large saute pan heat the olive oil and butter over medium high heat.
Add the sliced onions, seal salt, coconut sugar, black pepper, and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes.
Add a splash of white wine we like to use Sauvignon Blanc and continue to cook for about 20 more minutes or until onions turn golden.
Set the pan aside. If you make it ahead, store in a glass jar with lid or in an air tide container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week!

Balsamic Pinot Reduction
Ingredients
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Pinot Noir or other fruity Red Wine
1 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey

Directions
In a small saucepan combine balsamic vinegar, red wine and raw honey.
Stir well and cook over medium high heat for about 10 minutes or until reduced to a syrupy consistency.
You can store it in an airtight glass container for 2-3 weeks to use on your favorite tomato salad or over steak or cheese. You can use an inexpensive balsamic vinegar for this recipe.
See the video here.

Diet: Low-carb, vegetarian, egg-free.

Rideau Vineyard Santa BarbaraPerfect Glamorous Pairing: Rideau Vineyard Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard from the Santa Rita Hills in the Santa Barbara County, California. We usually pair this naan pizza with a Sauvignon Blanc, but we were so enticed with this fruity and earthy Pinot Noir from Rideau that we just had to give it a try. The rose petal notes and thyme went marvelously with the flavors of this pizza. A bottle is about $46. Rideau is such a lovely vineyard to visit with rows of vines leading to an old world French Victorian style tasting room.

This Naan Pizza with Figs Goat Cheese & Balsamic Pinot Reduction is a delicious beginning for an evening dinner with:
Herb Lamb in Fig Port Sauce
Chicken Pinot Noir
Let us know if you found any figs this season and what did you do with them!
Judit Corina

Santa Barbara Sunset Ocean

Comments

  1. says

    Wow – i couldn’t think of a more perfect combination of flavors – beautifully executed! And thank you for the photo journey – makes me miss my home state! :)

  2. Angela says

    Your Naan Pizza with goat cheese and figs is just what I would like for dinner right now! The photographs of the sunset and the recipe are all stunning and I can picture myself watching the gorgeous sunset while eating a piece of Naan Pizza.

    • says

      Thank you Gayle! You can drizzle on many dishes or even on ice cream this incredibly simple and delicious balsamic wine reduction – hope you enjoy the recipe!
      J+C

  3. says

    Using naan as a pizza base is fab. I have done it. It makes it so easy to make something special. But also it allows me to make myself something yummy without having to eat that same yumminess for days! It’s only been in the last 5 yrs that I have started appreciating figs. Yes, I was ruined by a dislike of fig newtons. Ick—they give figs a bad rep. We have several awesome goat farms in the area who make prize winning goat cheese. So I am always interested in recipes that make use of that.

    • says

      What a treat to have such quality local goat cheese nearby Carol! Hope you get to try it on this naan pizza and at least now that you like figs it will be something that wont remind you of a certain fig cookie :) We have made this recipe with dried figs before, but fresh figs are better for you so we do try to find them when they are in season. Sadly the season seems to end too quickly each year and some of the stores have already stopped carrying fresh figs. J+C

  4. Brian says

    I’m a huge fan of figs and dates and this Naan Pizza sounds awesome with the cheese and caramelized onions. The Pinot reduction is a cool addition. What a flavor party!

    • says

      Nice description Brian, it is a naan pizza party! The caramelized onions bring together the nuances of the fresh figs, goat cheese, and the Balsamic Pinot Reduction in one happy bite!

    • says

      Figs and honey are always a delicious idea Kelly! We love making this naan pizza for an appetizer, but have also had it as an entire meal. It is difficult to have just one piece. J+C

  5. Natasha says

    It is making me want to eat the screen! Such a gorgeous pizza with toppings that sound divine and tasty. The caramelized onions and figs are a winning combination and the sauce takes it to another level of taste.

    • says

      Thank you Natasha, hopefully the screen is still intact! We love the taste of caramelized onions on so many things and it just makes a nice flavor base for the figs and goat cheese. J+C

  6. says

    Girls…this? –>”We almost let fig season escape without sharing one of our most fragrant and enticing appetizer recipes with you, Naan Pizza with Figs, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Pinot Reduction.” No, no, no! You see, we simply could NOT live without this. Figs, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Pinot Reduction??? I’m trying to figure out how in the world I lived without this. No more ~ trust me ~ this one I’m trying!!! (Pinned!) And I love the way you called the figs ‘darling purple globes’. I would’ve never thought of that, and it’s SO true! I will never look at figs the same. :-) Looks delish!

    • says

      Haha! It simply would have been unforgivable to miss fig season :) Glad you liked our Naan Pizza Kristi and thank you for Pinning with such gusto! Hope you get to try the recipe soon and if the fig season has ended you may have to make do with dried figs, which are not quite as darling, but still good, or patiently wait until next year. Cheers! J+C

    • says

      Hello Sarah and yes figs and goat cheese are quite a tasty combination that is just too tempting to resist when drizzled with a little Pinot Reduction. J+C

  7. Craig says

    One word sums it up for this Naan Pizza “Delicious” ! The toppings sounds awesome and it’s something that even I can try to make. My friends will be impressed by my culinary skills if I serve this!

  8. Kendra says

    Incredible version of a pizza! I want some right now and it’s so much better than my usual toppings that I have on breads. I like it that you can make the caramelized onions ahead and then just put it together at a dinner party or when you are super hungry and don’t want to wait too long to eat.

    • says

      You could even put these toppings on regular bread or pizza Kendra, and the benefit of making the caramelized onions ahead of time is that you can assemble the pizzas during the party and serve them warm to your guests. J+C

  9. says

    Hi Judit and Corina!
    I’ve eaten fresh figs from a tree on a Greek island and they were just wonderful! I didn’t know that it used to be illegal to export them from there, though!
    Brilliant idea to put these on a pizza … and to use naan! I’ll definitely try that next time I’m in the mood for a pizza!

    • says

      Hello Helen, Wish we could have been there! We can just picture you now in Greece sitting under the fig tree and nibbling away at tasty figs all day long. Figs were illegal to export quite a long time ago, during the time of Spartans (not Gerard Butler) and the rule of Attica (a region that includes Athens) by Solon who lived around 638-558 BC. Hope you get to enjoy the naan pizza soon! J+C

  10. Ted L. says

    Awesome Naan Pizza and toppings! The fresh figs are such a great idea and the Pinot Noir on top sounds awesome. Can I have it for dinner instead of just as an appetizer?

    • says

      Thanks Terry, we hope so too. Some of the stores stop carrying them even before the season ends, but we tend to find them for a longer time at the Farmers Market. J+C

  11. Jessica says

    Wonderful idea for a pizza topping. Love the creative and delicious combination of fresh figs and balsamic pinot reduction, it sounds divine. Even though I just had a late lunch I am picturing how it tastes from all the gorgeous photos.

    • says

      Hello Jessica and we are glad you like the photos and recipe! The little dollops of goat cheese add a nice balance to the figs and balsamic reduction and it is never too early to think about the naan pizza. :) J+C

  12. says

    I love this combination, in fact I recently made almost this exact appetizer only on crostini. However, I love that you used Naan and your balsamic reduction sounds luscious with the addition of wine. I will definitely have to try that. Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. says

    What beautiful simplicity! I love your description of a gorgeously ripe fig as “like honeyed peaches and sweet strawberries” – for anyone who doesn’t already love figs, what more could it possibly take? And my, oh my … combine them with creamy goat cheese and a luxurious reduction sauce … pure bliss! I just love this! Pinning, of course! Well done once again, ladies! :D

  14. Beverly says

    What a great idea to have figs for a pizza topping! I haven’t thought of figs like this and this really does sound like it would be spectacular for a dinner party appetizer.

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