Figgy Bacon Pizza and Cruella

Hi, welcome to Pizza and a Movie! When September rolls around it’s time for fresh figs. Figs and cheese are one of my favorite flavor combinations. So naturally, a three-cheese pizza with figs and salty, smoky thick-cut bacon is in order! We have some landscape workers in the yard today, so we’re making this pizza in the kitchen, instead of firing up the wood oven. This week’s movie is one I have been patiently waiting to stream with my Disney+ subscription, and it’s finally available for no additional cost – today we’re watching Cruella! So let’s get to the FIggy Bacon Pizza!

This pizza is a flavor powerhouse with Gruyere, Fontina and Blue Cheese, sweet figs and thick-cut Black Forest bacon. I find the Black Forest bacon at Trader Joe’s. It’s easily my favorite bacon; its thick and meaty, dry-rubbed and uncured. But you know, you can leave the bacon off this pie and it’s still just as flavorful and rich – so make it vegetarian if you like!

Building the Figgy Bacon Pizza

Start with preheating the oven to 450 degrees. I like to bake the bacon in a 350 degree oven until it’s lightly crisp. Let it cool and then slice about 3-4 strips into 1-inch pieces. You can do this way ahead of time if you like, or preheat the oven to 350, cook the bacon, then turn up the heat to 450.

Roll or stretch out your dough to roughly 12-inches around. Then start with the shredded Fontina cheese. Then we will go with the figs. I have two kinds of figs: Kadota figs (the lighter colored figs) and Black Mission figs. The Kadota figs are a less-sweet variety that go really well on pizza.

After the figs, we have the Blue Cheese crumbles. Add a generous layer of the cooked bacon, and top the bacon with the shredded Gruyere.

The layer of Gruyere will help protect the bacon from getting too crispy.

Bake this pizza for about 15 minutes, until the crust is puffy and the cheese is bubbly.

Smoky, salty bacon is perfectly matched with sweet flavors; the figs are not overly sweet and they have an earthiness to their flavor that grounds this super-rich pizza combination. Nutty Gruyere and buttery Fontina create a smooth backbone for the pops of pungent Blue Cheese.

Movie Night: Cruella

We have our Figgy Bacon Pizza ready, so let’s start the show! I have been excited to see this movie ever since I read the origin story synopsis. I thought at the time, setting this movie in the fashion world of 1960-1970s London was such a brilliant way to start this classic Disney villain’s story. I love the punk rock fashion and music of that period, so I was really interested to see how they’d do it – being Disney and all. I was not disappointed! The set design, the music and the costuming is brilliantly immersive. Cruella has always been the worst villain to me, because she wanted to kill puppies. But this origin story definitely makes the viewer sympathize with Cruella.

Cruella is a long movie, but it’s so beautifully acted (Emma Stone and Emma Thompson are fantastic!), shot and edited, I hardly noticed its long running time and was more than interested in going along for the ride. If you haven’t yet seen Cruella, put it at the top of your list. Streaming on Disney+ (free with subscription) and it’s available for digital purchase on AppleTV, Amazon, YouTube and Google Play.

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Figgy Bacon Pizza

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Dinner, Main Course American/Italian
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cooking Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: ~35 Minutes

Lightly sweet figs with thick-cut bacon. Nutty Gruyere and buttery Fontina create a smooth backbone for the pops of pungent Blue Cheese.


  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 1/2 cup Grated Fontina Cheese
  • 4-5 Fresh Figs, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 4-5 Strips of Thick-Cut Bacon, cooked until lightly crisp and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup Grated Gruyere Cheese
  • Grated Parmesan, optional



Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


On a floured pizza peel, dust the dough with flour and create a crust around the perimeter of the dough and flatten down the center.


Stretch it out on the backs of your hands, left hand over right hand, until the dough is roughly 12-inches around.


Add more flour evenly on the peel and lay the dough on the peel.


First add an even layer of Fontina Cheese.


Evenly place the fig slices on the Fontina.


Sprinkle Blue Cheese crumbles over figs.


Evenly distribute bacon pieces on the pizza and finish with the grated Gruyere.


Bake on a pizza steel or stone for 15 minutes until the crust is puffy and golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly.


Top baked pie with grated Parmesan if desired.

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  • Carroll
    September 3, 2021 at 10:15 am

    That sounds fabulous!!

    • Kelly Djalali
      September 3, 2021 at 11:21 am

      It’s a deliciously rich pizza, Carroll! Wonderful flavors and textures. I hope you try this one! Have a wonderful holiday weekend, xo Kelly

  • Mari
    September 3, 2021 at 10:30 am

    The darkness of the figs and bacon contrasts nicely with the cheese, reminding us of Cruella’s hair. I saw “101 Dalmatians” as a child and was terrified of Miss Cruella. To be fair, I was terrified of almost everything back then. I remember seeing “Darby O’Gill And The Little People” and living in dread of turning a corner and seeing a banshee. Now I am an adult, presumably, or at least I am often mistaken for one, and I love horror movies and action/adventure. I also love figs and I didn’t need a movie for that life long obsession. My guys love bacon so this pizza and a movie is an epic win. I have Disney+so we can enjoy the movie too. We had the Disney Channel when my kids were little, and I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen Tron! This week’s edition of Stump The Chef is a disparate grouping. The first is actually a documentary. “Unzipped” features Isaac Mizrahi, who is not at all scary, but is wonderfully funny and bitchy. The next two have nothing in common with “Unzipped”! I dragged my Dad to see “A Clockwork Orange” on it’s second or third run at the theatre. We had one that never showed first run movies, but showed the older hits at a lower price He wasn’t a fan of “Clockwork”, but I bought him popcorn with extra butter so it wasn’t a total wash. He did, however, decline future outings to the movies. It does get dark and violent, but the psychological aspect is interesting, and really you could fit this one into a lot of different genres, and none of them would be wrong. My final choice is “Passenger 57” which features Wesley Snipes and Bruce Payne. Payne is very good as the psychotic Charles Raine, but what really makes this a favorite is the glee he takes in being a bad guy. I really had a hard time picking movies this week, so I fell back on two favorites and “Clockwork”, which I consider a mashup of film noir, 1984, and the problem with good intentions and reverse engineering people’s psyches. I am already thinking of next week; you have been warned!

    • Kelly Djalali
      September 3, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      Hello Mari, Wow! This week’s challenge is a good one! Ok, I will start with Passenger 57: This is a classic 80s/90s action movie, with all the cheesy one-liners, so I would have to go with something like a classic meat lovers combo pizza with extra cheese! Isaac Mizrahi has such a varied career; between fashion and costume design, acting in television and movies…I might consider a “blank canvas” type of pizza because I think he is able to change and adapt to whatever he sets out to do. So I am thinking a classic cheese pizza for Unzipped. Like his fashion design, it’s classic and refined.

      For Clockwork…This is Alex’s favorite movie and we recently re-watched it, so I thought of this pizza immediately: a white pie with the spiciest sausage you can imagine, like Andouille. When it comes out of the oven, finish it with torn chunks of fresh burrata – so you get that milky cream spilling out of the burrata’s mozzarella shell. I can’t even imagine the discomfort of watching Clockwork in the theater with my Dad! That’s hilarious! Let me know how your family likes the Figgy bacon Pizza. It is so so so good! Have a great holiday weekend. (I am already curious about next week’s challenge!) xo Kelly

  • Mari
    September 3, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Once again, you win. I loved the pizza choices, and my favorite is the Clockwork pizza, with the others a close second. I will be scouring IMDb for movies in case I get stumped. One of these weeks we should have a classic TV challenge. In the meantime don’t do what I did. I was thinking about the pizza and Christmas at the same time, and now I have a song hybrid running around my mind. “Oh bring us some figgy pizza, oh bring us some figgy pizza, oh bring us some figgy pizza, and Cruella Deville.” I always made a pizza for Christmas Eve. The kids liked it and it was a huge success no matter how old they were. We were always a little eclectic with holiday foods. Thanksgiving was lasagna, and October second was ham. That last one is a hint about one of the movies next week.