Sweet figs balance sharp blue cheese in this sophisticated hors d'oeuvre from chef Pierre Schaedelin.
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The trick to making these light, fine-textured Italian dumplings is to avoid overworking the potatoes when pureeing and the dough when mixing and kneading. A potato ricer or food mill will produce the fluffiest results; a food processor should never be used, as it will make the potatoes gluey.
To make the best pizzas, you'll need a pizza stone, which is placed on an oven rack and heats up while you prepare the dough, and a pizza peel, a flat board with a long handle that lets you deposit the pizza intact on the stone. If you don't have a pizza peel, use a large piece of cardboard instead.
This dish is much healthier than its casserole counterpart. The Gorgonzola's rich, creamy texture offers a nice counterpoint to the crunchy, selenium-packed nuts. Briefly steaming the beans rather than boiling retains their vitamin C and B6 content.