M Waterfront Grille’s Fig, Serrano Ham, Blue Cheese, & Arugula Flatbread Pizza
Recipe and Photo courtesy of M Waterfront Grille.
This makes an excellent appetizer when you are entertaining guests, and can easily be an entree for 1-2 people. The sweetness of the figs contrasts with the saltiness of the ham and sharpness of the cheese. Feel free to experiment. Italian prosciutto and gorgonzola work nicely as well.
6 each dried black Mission figs
3 oz. shaved Serrano ham
3 oz. blue cheese fondue (reduced cream and blue cheese)
1/2 oz. blue cheese crumbles
1 oz. baby arugula (tossed with lemon and olive oil)
1/2 oz . sliced red onion
2 Tbsp. port wine reduction
1 each cornmeal flatbread dough (rolled out with cornmeal and grilled)
Prepare the blue cheese fondue by heating a saucepan with 2 ounces of crumbled blue cheese with a 4 tablespoons heavy cream or half and half over medium heat, stir and allow to bubble and reduce to a thick liquid, don’t allow to burn. Set aside. Once the flat bread is grilled, spread the blue cheese fondue evenly on the grilled cornmeal flatbread. Distribute all the ingredients evenly across the sauce, leaving the arugula off. Place the pizza in the oven on a “pizza screen” or stone, and bake until golden and the crumbled blue cheese begins to melt. Note: if you are substituting prosciutto from Italy, I recommend leaving it off until the end, and placing on top of the pizza with the arugula. Remove from the oven and garnish the top with the dressed arugula. Cut and serve immediately!
When in Naples, you should definitely visit M Waterfront Grille for lunch, Sunday Brunch, or dinner, and if the weather is nice, grab a table outside overlooking Venetian Bay! Please be sure to mention that Fred Bollaci sent you!
4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N.
Naples, FL 34103