Thursday, May 17, 2012

Shaved Asparagus Pizza

After what seems like a long time coming, particularly here in the Northwest, the spring produce is finally showing up in markets and my produce box.  Every spring when asparagus is in season, I make this pizza.

It's so good.  And making your own pizza is really not that hard, especially if you buy the dough (Trader Joe's has great pizza dough, both plain and whole wheat, for about $1).  Or here is a good, easy pizza dough recipe.  This time we had some leftover pepperoni knocking around the fridge leftover from a pizza party, and so I just threw that on there, and it was tasty.

Shaved Asparagus Pizza, adapted from Smitten Kitchen:

1/2 recipe Pioneer Woman's Pizza Dough or your favorite pizza dough (TJ's)
1/2 pound asparagus
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 cup mozzarella, grated and roughly chopped
4 ounces pepperoni (optional)
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
flour and cornmeal to dust cookie sheet

Preheat your oven to it's highest temperature, usually 500 degrees.

Peel the asparagus, using the woody end as a handle.  Lay asparagus flat on counter and create long shavings, some of which will most likely be uneven, which is fine.  Toss shaved asparagus with olive oil, green onion, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (to your preference).

Roll or stretch out pizza dough on cookie sheet dusted with flour and/or cornmeal to help prevent sticking.  Sprinkle pizza with cheeses, then pepperoni (if using), and pile asparagus on top.  Bake pizza for 10-15 minutes, or until dough is cooked through and the cheese is bubbly.

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