I love Manchego cheese. That distinctive sheep's milk flavor, that buttery texture. It's perfect for pizza. Pair it with a handful of Spanish ingredients and you'll have something vaguely reminiscent of tapas, but on a crunchy, golden, edible plate.

The chorizo on this particular pie offers just the right amount of heat, balanced by sweetness from the dried figs and tanginess from the preserved roasted red peppers. The sauce is a take on sofrito, which means it's basically a tomato sauce, but with the advantage of offering you several opportunities to tell friends that you're busy making a sofrito. FANCY. Get out your smug face and read on. 

Step 1: Gather the Ingredients

For the Dough:

1 1/2 cup flour (any will do, but bread-specific flour can create a better dough texture)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup water
2 tsp active dry yeast

For the Sauce:

1 can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
Approx. 1/4 cup cilantro
1 tsp minced garlic
Approx. 1/2 cup yellow onion
A splash of red wine, if you are so inclined

For the Toppings:

Manchego cheese
6 or so dried figs, sliced
1/4 lb. of ground chorizo
Approx. 1/2 cup preserved roasted red peppers, sliced

Total Time Needed:
About 2 hours for the dough
About 30 minutes to prep the sauce and toppings
About 15 minutes baking time
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Beautiful work! I'm a huge fan of chorizo. No doubt the figs add a magical flavor component!
Great job on your first instructable. I hope we see more from you - that pizza looks fantastic! :D
Thanks!! I can't wait to work on my next one.
Any tips on finding Manchego? I've never heard of it!
I got mine at Whole Foods, though I have seen it from time to time at other chain grocery stores. I know Trader Joes has it too, if you have one in your area. Good Luck!

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