Pizza spread to America, France, England & Spain where it was little known until after World War II. While occupying Italian territories, many America & European soldiers tasted pizza for the first time. It was love at first taste!
Today we celebrate pizza. February 9th is the International Pizza Day and the Guinness Book of World's Records states that the largest pizza ever made and eaten was created in Havana, florida and was 100 feet and 1 inch across!
American & Canadian citizens will eat an average of 23 pounds of pizza per person per year. Pepperoni & cheese is the favorite combination especially with the younger set and is the second only to the hamburger as the continent's favorite food.
Today I made pizza for brunch, one of my favorite combos.
Pre-made pizza crust (I bought the focaccia crust from Central Market)
Dried mission figs
Vinaigrette (I used raspberry vinaigrette)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put rack in middle position in oven.
Reconstitute the figs by soaking them in warm water until they are soft. Trim the hard tip of the stem and slice them.
Rough chop spinach and basil, and then dress in a small bowl with vinaigrette; set aside. Rough chop the prosciutto and set aside.
Assemble the pizza. Layer the spinach/basil mix first, then the figs and prosciutto. Sprinkle crumbled goat cheese next. Drizzle with honey and olive oil.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let pizza set for 3 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
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