Sometimes we can’t wait for pizza night to arrive and that’s when we make a quick plan for pizza on naan bread. While we are all in on tomato sauce usually, the garlic Parmesan pizza sauce lends just the right amount of creaminess to our California Dried Figs and bacon and is our pick for this naan bread pizza.
What Kinds of Figs to Top Pizza on Naan Bread
Our Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Dried Figs are natural partners to bacon and other salty meats. For this particular pizza on naan bread, we’ve opted for the Mission Dried Figs, leaning on their intense sweetness to counter the richness of crisp bacon bits and garlic Parmesan pizza sauce. You could use our Golden Dried Figs here too, but our preference is for the black mission figs.
Crispy or Chewy? Tips for Naan Bread Pizza
We partnered with our friends at Atoria’s Family Bakery on this recipe and they recommend storing their naans, lavash, and flatbreads in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it, to get the freshest flavor and texture. There’s no need to defrost overnight—simply pull out the package of naan and defrost on your counter 15 to 30 minutes before you plan on eating it. To cut down on cooking time, we rely on our broiler. If you prefer a crispy crust to your pizza, place the naan in the oven and broil on low for 2 to 3 minutes or until it feels stiff before proceeding with the recipe below—but be careful, it will be hot! If you prefer more of a chewy crust, follow the recipe as written. Then, slice and eat.
Garlic Parmesan Pizza Sauce for the Win
Making your own garlic Parmesan pizza sauce takes just a few minutes but offers a big pay-off when paired with the mission dried figs and bacon. If you can make gravy, you can make this sauce. If you’re looking to make a vegan version of the sauce, plan on using plant-based buttery sticks and alternative milk. Then, swap in nutritional yeast instead of Parmesan.
Scale Up or Down
Feel free to scale the recipe down if you’re making the naan bread pizza for two. Just use half the ingredients to make the sauce and the toppings.
As an additional side note here, you could scatter on top of the freshly broiled pizza some chopped chives or scallions for a final flourish of flavor and a pop of green on top. Red chile pepper flakes add extra heat too.
Bacon Fig Pizza on Naan Bread with Garlic Parmesan Pizza Sauce
Garlic Parmesan Pizza Sauce
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 cloves garlic , peeled and minced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 ounces grated Parmesan
- Ground black pepper
- Kosher salt
Naan Bread Pizza
- 8 ounces Orchard Choice® or Sun-Maid® California Dried Figs , stemmed and thinly sliced cross-wise
- 4 strips cooked bacon , crumbled or finely chopped
- 8 ounces grated mozzarella
- 4 pieces Atoria's Family Bakery Naan , defrosted
- Red pepper flakes
- Place an oven rack 8 inches away from the broiler. Preheat oven broiler to high.
- Make Garlic Parmesan Pizza Sauce: Melt butter in a skillet. Saute garlic for 1 minute. Whisk flour into garlic butter. Splash and whisk in a bit of milkat a time until combined over medium heat. Drop in handfuls of Parmesan, whisking until integrated. Season with black pepper and kosher salt.
- Spread half the garlicky white sauce on each naan bread. Scatter 1/4 of the fig slices and bacon on top of each pizza. Sprinkle on 1/4 of the mozzarella. Use a pizza peel to transfer naan pizza to the oven. Broil the pizza directly on the oven rack for 3 minutes or until golden on top. Set aside to cool for a few minutes before slicing. Sprinkle on red chile pepper flakes if desired. Broil remaining pizzas.