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Asparagus Pizza

asparagus pizza

Spring has been crazy early this year, and now so is asparagus – by like a month. They started picking mid-April at Edgar Farms by Innisfail, and the norm is around the middle of May. It’s a short window – they typically pick (by hand, from their own homemade motorized picking carts) from mid-May until the end of June, so at this time of year I eat as much asparagus as I can handle. Our sunny days and cool nights make for particularly sweet asparagus with purply tips – I know I’ve said it before, but just a reminder: thinner isn’t necessarily better. Thick stalks are every bit as sweet – you just don’t want the bendy and woody ones.

And YES – they are fab on a pizza. You don’t even have to bother shaving them into thin ribbons, although that does look pretty. Toss them on whole!

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To really streamline/fancy up things, you could thaw a package of puff pastry to use in place of the pizza dough, and cut the pizzas into strips for a party. Goat cheese and asparagus are best buds, but you could do feta, or brie, or something melty, or a combination of all of the above.

asparagus pizza 2
asparagus pizza 2

Asparagus Pizza

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May 10, 2016

Ingredients

1 lb pizza dough

1 small bundle asparagus

extra-virgin olive oil

4-8 oz. goat cheese

1 cup grated aged Gouda, Parmesan or extra old white Cheddar

Directions

1Preheat the oven to 450?F.

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3Divide the dough in half and roll each into a rough oval. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet (or two).

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5Snap the tough ends off the asparagus wherever they naturally break. Place on a plate or in a bowl, drizzle with oil and toss with your hands to coat. Drizzle the pizza dough with oil and lay asparagus in a row on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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7Crumble the goat cheese over each pizza, and sprinkle with grated Gouda, Parmesan or cheddar and bake for 15-20 minutes, until bubbly and golden.

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9Serves 6-8.

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11Cut in between the asparagus into strips to serve. Serves 6-8.

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  1. Erica B.
    May 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Nice! I love Edgar farms asparagus and the kids love homemade pizza night. Win-win :)

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