Goat Cheese, Fig and Bacon Flatbreads

by jenna on October 20, 2011

These flatbreads contain pretty much all of my favorite things….in life.

Juicy ripe figs, applewood smoked bacon, peppery arugula, goat cheese and pizza dough?

SOLD.

I don’t know if I can ever eat “normal” pizza ever again, actually. I’m so spoiled by the flavor combination going on right here. These mini flatbreads take sweet-and-salty to the whole next level.

And of course, it starts with the dough!

I use my recipe but instead of combing whole wheat and white flour, I use all white flour. I’ve found that that makes the dough chewier and lighter, which is a must for these little guys.

Then you add the toppings! Can I just take the time to say that bacon and figs are a match made in heaven? These would make a wonderful dinner party appetizer when sliced into small pieces, but are also great for a light meal when you’re craving pizza but are feeling a little adventurous.  Or you’re just out of sauce. Kinda like baking vegan when you’re out of eggs? It works.

Goat Cheese, Fig and Bacon Flatbreads

makes 8 personal sized flatbreads

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Ingredients:

1 recipe the best pizza dough

4 slices bacon, fried until crispy and chopped

1 small log soft goat cheese

10 fresh figs, sliced in half

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 large bunch arugula

sprinkle of sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

After preparing the dough, divide it into four parts on a floured surfaace. Then divide those four parts in half so you have eight little balls of dough. Roll each small dough ball out to a circle (you can probably just stretch the dough) and top with goat cheese crumbles, bacon crumbles and two sliced figs. Drizzle a little olive oil over each.

Place flatbreads on a lined baking sheet, reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake for 12-15 minutes. After baking, top with arugula, another drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Time:

30 minutes (not including time to prepare dough)

 

 

 

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 20, 2011 at 4:19 am

Such a great idea…I love the “personal” flatbreads concept because it’s always nice to have my own. And yes, arugula, goat cheese, figs…nice. I wouldn’t be going back to “normal” pizza if I were you either :)

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Nikita October 20, 2011 at 4:20 am

Looks delicious! Definitely going to try making this! :)

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Khushboo October 20, 2011 at 4:33 am

Not a bacon fan (oh the horror ;)) but I love the combo of figs and goat cheese….this looks ah-mazing!

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Molly @ RDexposed October 20, 2011 at 4:47 am

Interested in joining Bacon Fest that my boyfriend is helping put on next month? This dish would be mooore than welcomed!

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Lys October 20, 2011 at 4:48 am

Wow, these look so good! But, last time I had figs (in true form, not in a Newton), they didn’t taste very good. In fact, they didn’t taste like anything at all. Do you think it was because they were just “bad?” This may sound like a stupid question, but are natural figs supposed to taste like the innards of a Fig Newton, or something else completely?

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Katrina October 20, 2011 at 5:04 am

Mmm these sound lovely! Anything with goat cheese is good in my book :)

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Jen October 20, 2011 at 5:15 am

What kind of bacon do you buy? Most brands I see are high in salt and nitrates.

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Sarah@The Flying ONION October 20, 2011 at 5:31 am

Oh my word. This looks phenomenal. Must make some ASAP. :D

I’ll bet this would make a nice little appetizer too, if they were cut into tiny bite size pieces. :D

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jenna October 20, 2011 at 5:38 am

mmmm…i could eat all of them alone! lol these looks amazing!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 20, 2011 at 5:48 am

These look so perfect! Excellent pics :)

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 20, 2011 at 5:54 am

love the flavors! flatbreads are the best. :)

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Amanda October 20, 2011 at 6:00 am

Beautiful photography and these look delicious! I don’t eat bacon, but I’m sure I could get creative and figure out a substitute to add a little salt…maybe even just tempeh bacon would work? Love figs on pizza!

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Bev Weidner October 20, 2011 at 6:05 am

love. this.
Seriously, this is right up my goat cheese, fig and bacon flatbread ALLEY.

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove October 20, 2011 at 6:08 am

This looks so fancy and delicious!! Count me in!

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Cait's Plate October 20, 2011 at 6:15 am

I really need to try the bacon/fig combo (or figs in general…I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t ever had a fig…atrocious, I know).

But I love this idea in general – I tend to keep pitas and naan on hand for quick week-night pizzas, but I’m sure this dough is 1000x better than that.

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Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy October 20, 2011 at 6:18 am

Wow! These look delicious, goat cheese and figs a wonderful combination!

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Julie October 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

I had a similar pizza when I was in Sonoma. I tried to recreate it but I can’t find figs for the life of me! Where can I find them?? Halp! :) I must make this tonight!

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Krystina (Organically Me) October 20, 2011 at 6:49 am

Fig, bacon, and goat cheese sounds like a ridiculously tasty combination.

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Maria October 20, 2011 at 6:54 am

What a great meal!

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Amanda October 20, 2011 at 6:55 am

Jenna,
I’ve been reading your blog for the last few months, but haven’t commented. Love it!! In light of your recent trip to Big Sur and the bakery, just thought you might want to try out their recipe for pizza dough. We made the marherita pizza twice over the weekend and it was wonderful! Very thin crust (the way I like it) and oh so good! They recommend letting the dough sit in the fridge for a day or two. Unlike any pizza dough I’ve tried before.

Thanks!
Amanda

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jenna October 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I’ll have to try it!! thanks for the recommendation!

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Kathryn October 20, 2011 at 6:57 am

They look absolutely delicious!

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 20, 2011 at 6:59 am

oh my lord. oh my lord. yes. this. now. twice.

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Lauren @ the talking kitchen October 20, 2011 at 7:06 am

Arugula on pizza is an all time fav, of course I love bacon, and now you’ve convinced me to try figs (again) and see what the hype is all about. Thanks for the idea!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 20, 2011 at 7:11 am

These are pretty much the best combination of ingredients ever. Figs have my heart right now. I just had a fig infused panna cotta the other day. Oh my word…

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Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 20, 2011 at 7:24 am

These look incredible! Would never think of this combination of ingredients, and now I can’t stop thinking about it! Haha.

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Gianna October 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

I have a slight obsession with figs, bacon and goat cheese in the fall. Making them into personal flatbreads = amazing.

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf October 20, 2011 at 7:34 am

Mmmyum! I can’t imagine there is anything that could make that flatbread better!

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Leslie Means @ Her View From Home October 20, 2011 at 7:40 am

So can I tell you that I’ve never had a fig?! I KNOW I KNOW! :) This sounds so amazing though – think I might have to give it a try!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite October 20, 2011 at 7:44 am

This looks perfect! I love all those flavors :)

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock October 20, 2011 at 7:45 am

Oh these look so yummy.

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Rachael @ FreshlyMinted October 20, 2011 at 7:46 am

You’ve helped me overcome my aversion to goat cheese. Bless you…

We raised goats growing up, and I’ve always thought that it tastes like a goat smells… (it sorta does – sorry if that ruins it for anyone ;) BUT, perseverance has paid off, and I feel so much more like a sophisticated adult.

Goat cheese and black coffee… who am I? Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken October 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

EXACTLY like baking vegan when you’re out of eggs. That’s totally how I think.
I desperately need to try your pizza dough, it looks just lovely! :)

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Ari @ Ari's Menu October 20, 2011 at 7:54 am

These look amazing–they’d be perfect for a small get together because everyone could have their own pizza! Bookmarked :)

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Erica @ In and Around Town October 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

Great photos! Are those your counter tops or do you have a board you put down – they are beautiful and just work so well in the shots!

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Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen October 20, 2011 at 8:12 am

Wow. This looks awesome. I actually had a pizza with these ingredients except with peach instead of figs when I was in Chicago this summer. SO good. I’ve been dying to attempt a remake! Beautiful pictures :)

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Deva @ Deva by Definition October 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

I love goat cheese on anything. It is so versatile and yummy. I am already thinking up ways to make other variations of this pizza..

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles October 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

Definitely an amazing flavor palette. I love all those foods too! Also, I really enjoyed your Big Sur posts. Very fun.

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner October 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

this looks and sounds AMAZING! I wish figs were so ridiculously expensive around here.

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Allie October 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

This combo looks delicious! A slightly different twist on this same concept is flatbread with fig spread or fresh figs, caramelized onion, bleu cheese and arugula— prepare using the same method you use here. It gives the same salty-sweet-multi-textured feel you are going for here. It is one of my go-to’s for potlucks and is always a huge hit! If I’m in a pinch, I put it on naan or WW flat bread from a store. I’m looking forward to trying your combo soon!

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Carolyn @HealthKitten.com October 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

I’m not a fan of figs…but I might just have to try this! Bacon makes everything better… ;)

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Sally October 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

Yum – these look like such an amazing mouth-party of textures. I bet a little bit of caramelized onion wouldn’t hurt things, either!

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Moni'sMeals October 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

I can not think of a better combo! YUM!

Drizzle with some olive oil and crushed red pepper ( i put it on everything!) and I am sold too. :)

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Liz @ Southern Charm October 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

Love this and the flavor combinations! Figs and bacon? Yes, please!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes October 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

Oh my goodness, those look like heaven! I love all the ingredient combinations in there, sounds so delicious.

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kathleen @ the daily crumb October 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

reminds me of my all time favorite appetizer… bacon wrapped dates!

can’t wait to try these flatbreads…

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Elle October 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

OH YUM – I’ve been craving figs lately (does that mean something?) I just bought some fig preserves from the farmer’s market. This looks delish!

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gia October 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

I love the pics, it looks so fun. I am busy with classes right now to try to get into grad school. Omg, I have no time to cook. These pics remind me of the fun that it can be, and how I will look forward to it, when I have some time.. maybe over Thanksgiving.

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

These look amazing. In my opinion, bacon added to a food just makes the food THAT much better – yum! :)

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Ella, RD October 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

Is it just me, or would this also be insanely good with gorgonzola cheese instead of goat? (although I love me some goat!)

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jenna October 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

mmm i think it would totally be great! I love me some gorganzola cheese…and with bacon and figs? well, I just can’t think of much better.

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Heather @ girlyeverafter October 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I could eat figs all day everyday. The sweet and salty with the bacon I can only imagine to be amazing.

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Christie October 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Yum! What a delicious combination. I love little personal flatbreads/pizzas!

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) October 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Mmmm! These sound amazing! I love all three of thoseain ingredients, plus pizza dough, obviously.

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Judith October 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Aaah, some of my faves too.. While in Monterey last weekend, I had breakfast at Belle, in Carmel. A truly unique restaurant, serving only poached eggs (in various disguises) for breakfast. My choice was with goat cheese, arugula, bacon and avocado on a thick slab of potato bread, amazing combo! So I know I will love these.

BTW a friend just gave me “The Sharper your Knife, The Less You Cry” by Kathleen Flinn. Do you knowit? It is a true story about an American woman who chucks it all and goes to study at Le Cordon Bleu…sound familiar? She really lets one in on the true happenings at the school, and intersperces it with recipes. Very entertaining, thought you might relate!

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jenna October 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I read it a few years back..it’s a fun read!

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Abby White@Eat, Drink and Be Aware October 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Oh wow those look amazing! I am going to have to make those tonight. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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Heather October 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I have a question. How do you know if figs are ripe or not? I am a fig-virgin and I need help in this department.

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jenna October 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Well, there’s different kinds. Black figs (the ones you most often see in the store) are ripe when they’re super soft and dark purple. They are seasonal and only available for a short time during the fall so snatch them up!

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Mellie October 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Yum! These are some of my favorite things too!

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Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} October 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Looks like a beautiful combination!

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Imwaytoobusy October 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Oh, this is a recipe after my own heart! I love the inclusion of the figs.

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Laura Ungeprapakorn October 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Hi Jenna, these look amazing and I want them right now!! But I live in Thailand and don’t actually own an oven (big sad face) so baking is virtually impossible. With these, do you think is would be possible to fry or griddle the flat breads then add the toppings after? I know it sounds like a terrible thing to do but with only a hob to cook on it is quite tricky to do nice things like the above. What are your thoughts? Thank you, love your blog! Laura >_<

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jenna October 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

absolutely! they would be delicious grilled!

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Sarah Smith October 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

These look great! Goat cheese and figs are such a stellar combination. Cool twist with bacon- the saltiness really busts the flavor of the figs with the twang of goat cheese. Kudos!

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Sarah October 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

“These flatbreads contain pretty much all of my favorite things….in life.” = My thoughts EXACTLY when I read this blog post. Shoot, I want some right now.

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Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise October 22, 2011 at 10:29 am

Even after 20 plus years on a strict vegetarian diet the seductive smell of bacon never fails to make my mouth water!
Beautiful shots!

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Lindsay @ Nourish October 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

What a GREAT recipe. I love the combination of foods!

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jediSwiftPirate October 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

oh yea i really adore BACON!

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Lyndsie October 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

This reminds me of an appetizer I just had at 82 Queen in Charleston… pesto, goat cheese, and prosciutto on flatbread… sooo amazing! :)

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Deb October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

This sounds great! But you simply must try some Himalayan pink salt. I get mine from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com. The flavor is so much better than regular salt! Thanks for sharing this recipe—I can’t wait to try it!

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Ruta March 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I can’t tell you how amazing that combination sounds. I’ve been a bit bacon obsessed lately, and the though of fresh figs (can’t wait until summer!) makes my mouth water. Thanks for the recipe!

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Amelia October 29, 2013 at 7:29 am

All of these flatbreads look amazing! I would like to make them for my mom’s Big Birthday coming up but she has had to go Gluten Free. Do you have any good suggestions for a gluten free flatbread?

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