I am a huge pizza fan. I really haven’t met too many people who aren’t. When I see a new recipe for pizza in any magazine or on any of the food blogs I read, I jump on it! I came across this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Pink Parsley Catering, and knew I had to try it. I usually make pizza on Sunday’s because I like to make my own pizza dough, and that’s a day when I have time to let it rise. My pizza dough is really simple. I like to use half whole wheat flour and half all purpose. I think it gives the crust more texture and flavor. This pizza ended up turning out uuhhhmazing! Both David & I loved it. David said he didn’t even miss the meat. It is a bit spicy so if you’re not a fan of spice, bring the 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes down to 1/8 t. It’s a perfect vegetarian pizza and I can’t wait to make it again.
Shaved Asparagus Pizza
Adapted from Pink Parsley Catering
1 pizza dough
1 bundle of asparagus
2 t olive oil
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
1/4 c shredded parmesan
8 oz shredded mozzarella
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 scallion, chopped
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Stretch pizza dough onto a cookie sheet or pizza round.
Prepare the asparagus by laying it down on a cutting board. While holding the woodsy end, shave thin slices by moving the vegetable peeler from the bottom to the tip. Mix asparagus shavings in a medium bowl with the olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, pepper, and juice of 1/2 lemon.
Scatter parmesan and mozzarella cheese all over the pizza dough. Spread the asparagus all over the pizza. If there is any olive oil left in the bowl, drizzle it over the pizza.
Cook pizza for about 10-12 minutes, making sure the crust is golden-brown and the asparagus is charred in spots.
Remove pizza from oven and sprinkle with scallions. Allow to cool before slicing.
What is your favorite beverage to enjoy with pizza? Do you like to pair it with a nice cold beer?