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Shaved Asparagus Pizza with Sundried Tomatoes

2012 March 27
by admin

I had a pizza date planned with a friend for this past Saturday evening.  I did everything I could to plan for it: made sure the Omnivore had a decent dinner to eat on his own, went on a long run, salivated.

And then she canceled.  All of the sudden I had to cook dinner but I couldn’t get pizza out of my mind since that’s what I’d been looking forward to all day.

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I certainly wouldn’t have been able to order this pizza at the Pizza Hut I was scheduled to attend so I certainly wouldn’t have enjoyed dinner as much as I enjoyed this pizza.

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And thank goodness for Smartphones.  I ran into the grocery store on the way home from my cancelled dinner with no inspiration.  I saw asparagus was on sale, instantly remembered seeing this recent blog update on Confections of a Foodie Bride, and had dinner planned.  I checked the ingredients in my Google Reader and dinner was set.

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The truth is that this pizza was really high maintenance for me to make since my favorite vegetable peeler was MIA (???) and my batch of asparagus was particularly tender and thin, making it hard to shred.  I persevered, though, and would do the chore two times over to have this pizza again.  It was fantastic.  The sundried tomatoes, a last minute impulse decision, made it just fantastic.  The Omnivore, who had requested pork tenderloin for dinner (naturally, I turned that down), didn’t even miss meat on this pizza.  Moreover, he’s not one to like gourmet pizzas but he adored this meal, perhaps even more than I did.  Yes, we’ll be ‘fought’ over leftovers.

Shaved Asparagus Pizza with Sundried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese (inspired by Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Ingredients

1 batch pizza dough
8 ounces asparagus, woody ends snapped off
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 -3 oil packed sundried tomatoes, chopped finely
4 ounces goat cheese
salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place your pizza stone in the oven 1 notch higher than midway in your oven.
  2. Zest and juice lemon, placing zest and lemon into a large bowl. Add olive oil. Whisk to combine and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Using a vegetable peeler, shave asparagus into thin slices and place in the bowl with the lemon juice. Toss to combine.
  4. Roll prepared pizza dough out to a 12-14″ round.
  5. Using tongs, lift dressed asparagus out of bowl and pile onto pizza dough.
  6. Dot entire pizza with dollops of goat cheese.
  7. Sprinkle pie with sundried tomatoes.
  8. Bake in your very hot oven for 10 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is bubbling.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 3

  • http://tastespace.wordpress.com/ janet @ the taste space

    I’ve been loving pizza, too, lately… I can’t wait for local asparagus to try this. :)

  • http://twitter.com/GranolaCourtney GranolaCourtney

    This looks divine! I love asparagus AND goat cheese – why I haven’t I combined the two before? You’re a straight up genius. :)

  • http://www.foodiebride.com/ Shawnda

    Adding sundried tomatoes is genius!

  • Kate

    I would be such a brat with this recipe subbing everything out. I should probably learn how to eat like a grown up.

  • http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com/ Purabi naha

    I love you blog! Discovered it 2 days ago and I’ve been bookmarking recipes I want to try…. I have about 10 so far! http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

    • branny

       Thank you!  Makes my day.  Enjoy.

  • http://www.barryspizza.com/ pizza restaurants in houston

    Glad to know you had a great time having this fantastic pizza. Frankly speaking I never tried this version of pizza before, thus I’m looking forward to make it and taste it as well. Thanks for this stimulating allocation.

  • http://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/ jen

    this looks so good. i’ve been seeing a lot of shaved asparagus pizza around the blog world. i’m going to have to give it a try!

  • Brianna

    I can’t get enough of asparagus! And on pizza? Yum. I bet ricotta would be good on this as well. I have some to use up.

  • http://fourandtwentyblackberries.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth

    This crust looks so crispy and perfect!

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  • http://welovechicken.com/ WeLoveChicken

    I love asparagus – grilled, on salad, as side dish and why not on a pizza! It looks delicious.

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  • angie Johnson

    Hi there ~ I made this pizza today, and blogged about it! Thank you so much… I loved it. http://www.angiecooksinportland.blogspot.com