It’s Fast Friday again and time for another fast and fabulous dinner suggestion. If you are anything like me, by the time Friday rolls around the last thing I want to do is cook a big meal yet we all still have to eat. The dishes featured in this series aren’t necessarily fancy but they bring together simple ingredients most people already have in their pantries or have easy access to and allow you to put a real meal on the table in between 30 and 45 minutes. Enjoy and if you have your own fast recipes you want to share, please send them my way and I will in turn share them with all of my readers.
Flatbread is one of my favorite go-to appetizers but it is just as good when served up as a quick and tasty dinner. I love homemade pizza dough but sometimes it is necessary to use pre-made dough from the grocery store. And here in Belgium we are lucky enough to have a great variety of quality pre-made doughs to choose from. Because of this, I tend to keep one in my refrigerator for those late days when I need to get dinner on the table quickly.
This combination of sweet fig preserve, salty pancetta and tangy goat cheese is wholly satisfying and reminds me of the Mediterranean. It makes for the perfect end of the week dinner when all I can do is dream of the warmer months ahead.
FIG, PANCETTA & GOAT CHEESE FLATBREAD
1/2 recipe pizza dough or 1 pre-made pizza crust
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces pancetta, diced
1/4 cup fig preserves
4 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
- Allow the pizza dough to come to room temperature. Depending upon your kitchen this should take about 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Heat the olive oil in a small skillet. When it shimmers add the pancetta and stirring occasionally, cook until the meat is crispy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain off the fat and set aside.
- Place the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a 12 inch circle. The dough should be approximately 1/4 of an inch thick.
- Carefully transfer the circle to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Spread the preserves over the top of the dough then evenly distribute the pancetta, goat cheese and finally the thyme over the entire surface.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cheese has begun to melt and the crust is lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for one minute before slicing.
Serves 2 (as dinner)