Here is an easy homemade pizza with three cheeses, steak and figs!
And may I add, one of my absolute favorites!
Moving across the country.
Decluttering. Organizing. Scrubbing.
Praying…for the sale of our home.
Taking crazy house-hunting trips.
Not to mention, being exiled from my kitchen lest the mess and fragrance of my cooking turn off any potential buyers.
These are just some of the reasons I have been a little MIA last week here on the blog. But know that I have missed you immensely! And I have lots of recipes and stories to share.
Barely peaking through the clouds, the bright Iowa sunshine willed my achy body out of bed this morning; and I slowly made my way to the office. I stood at the small French doors taking inventory of my space–couch, piano, small corner chair and a desk. My heart sank at the sight of the laptop neatly shut on the desk. It had been a week since I wrote. And I realized how much I missed my work.
My fingers are perhaps too stiff to type. And my thoughts, incoherent, at best. Yet I craved a little time with you. So here I am.
I will keep you updated on the move–which has come quite suddenly forcing me to take account of so much in my home and my life. There is plenty I can share on moving, transitions and change, but I am having a hard time deciding how that all fits into a food blog. Maybe I ought to add a new tab or category and call it something like, “The Dish Diaries.” What do you think?
But, today’s task is all about a homemade pizza recipe that I put together when I was still allowed in the kitchen. For this homemade three cheese, steak and fig pizza, I actually made the dough from scratch. After all, it is “homemade pizza.” Truth be told, I rarely make pizza dough from scratch because pizza night is almost always a decision on a whim-mainly to use up leftovers like I did with this phyllo pizza with rotisserie chicken and vegetables.
This time though, I was more thoughtful about planning my pizza night, and decided that I’d like to make my own basic pizza dough and maybe add a hint of rosemary and olive oil to it. For an easy pizza dough recipe, I consulted non-other than my pizza pinterest board and ended up following this recipe. And while the dough was rising, which took about an hour, I grilled the steak and prepared the rest of the ingredients. I even had time to wipe the kitchen counters and do a little sweeping! Talk about multitasking!
Minus the figs, everything on this homemade pizza should be available to you all year round: steak, young Gouda cheese, goat cheese, blue cheese, red onions and baby kale. But the sliced fresh figs and a little drizzle of honey take the flavor combination to a new level of gourmet. Go find some fresh California figs and make this recipe soon! But if you miss fig season, I am thinking pears, super thinly sliced would work.
Here is the step-by-step for this easy homemade pizza with three cheeses, steak and figs:
Begin working on the pizza dough a little over hour before you are ready to bake.
In a cup, combine the yeast with the warm water and sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes or until the yeast foams. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt; add the yeast and mix. Now add the olive oil and water. Mix until the dough comes together. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and kneed for 6 minutes or until the dough is completely smooth. Form a ball with the dough and place it back in the bowl. Cover and set aside for 1 hour to rise.
Preheat a gas grill or cast iron grill. While the pizza dough is rising, season the steak lightly with salt and pepper. Grill on high heat for 11 minutes or so, turning over only once. Remove the steak and set aside for 5 minutes. Slice the steak thinly and set aside until ready to use.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
When the dough is ready, punch it down, roll it and press flat onto a large oiled baking sheet or pizza pan. Now brush the dough with a little olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary.
Top the pizza dough with the three cheeses, grilled steak slices, figs and red onions.
Bake in the 450 degrees F heated-oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Finally top the pizza with the baby kale. Drizzle with honey, if you like. Slice and enjoy!