Last week I made poached eggs over asparagus for brunch, a couple of days later the asparagus was looking a little sad and I knew I had to use it up somehow. As luck would have it I had frozen dough in the freezer, an open jar of basil marinara sauce, and a ton of mozzarella cheese in the fridge! I thawed out the dough the night before and decided to make a pizza. I was just going to chop the asparagus and lay it over the cheese but then I thought about the textures, do I steam the asparagus first? Do I just cook the pizza for a while until the asparagus is tender? I figured it would be easier to just use a vegetable peeler to shave the asparagus into thin slices. It worked well! I love making a simple cheese pizza then bumping up the nutrition by using whatever veggies you have on hand.
Shaved Asparagus Pizza
- Prepared pizza dough, preferably whole wheat
- 3/4 cup pizza or marinara sauce
- LOTS of mozzarella cheese ;)
- Parmesan cheese
- olive oil
Preparation & Cooking Instructions
Preheat oven to 450 F. I leave the pizza dough out for a while, about 40 minutes, before I attempt to roll it out. Roll it out to your desired shape, drizzle some olive oil on a baking sheet then place your dough over the oil. I baked mine for 8 minutes, and then flipped it over before I topped it so the bottom wouldn't get too brown. Top the dough with your sauce and cheese and bake for another 8 minutes. While that's baking you can shave the asparagus and toss it well with olive oil and S&P. Top the cheese with your asparagus, an extra drizzle of olive oil, and some Parmesan cheese. Cook another 5-8 minutes.
*sorry for the poor picture quality, I had to use the flash because it was incredibly gloomy in my apartment!*