Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My NEW favorite pizza

It is pizza season around these parts! Since we have tons of fresh produce and little desire to spend lots of time cooking, pizza is the fastest and most delicious way to eat many days. Oftentimes, we just throw whatever we have on a pizza crust, but some days I plan ahead.

Today was one of those days. I saw this pizza posted (very) recently on Smitten Kitchen and knew that I had to make it. It requires very few ingredients, but one of the main ones is asparagus--something that I have a lot of these days. Smitten Kitchen suggests a few tweaks if you're feeling bold, but I liked this pizza just the way it was. (This pizza is especially delicious when enjoyed with a San Pellegrino Aranciata.

Shaved Asparagus Pizza
from Smitten Kitchen

1 batch of Really Simple Pizza dough (also from smitten kitchen) or other pizza dough of choice
1/2 pound asparagus
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/2 pound mozzarella, grated or cut into cubes
2 t. olive oil
1/2 t. salt
ground pepper
1 scallion thinly sliced

Using a vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus into thin strands. Put the shavings into a bowl and mix with the olive oil, salt and pepper. To prepare the pizza, spread the dough onto a peel or pizza pan and sprinkle the parmesan on top followed by the mozzarella. Load the asparagus on top of the cheese and bake in the oven at 500 degrees (or the highest temperature your oven goes to) for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese starts to bubble and brown.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle the scallions on top.

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