Thursday, May 8, 2014

Recipe (Re)creation: Shaved Asparagus Pizza

I had this pizza at my friend Ashley's house and have been dreaming about it ever since.  Luckily, she was was so kind as to share the recipe with me.  The shaved asparagus lends a delicate grassy flavor and the green onions add a little bite, all atop of cheesy chewy pizza crust.  It is pretty darn close to perfect.  This does not surprise me since the recipe comes from Barefoot Contessa herself.  I even played around with the original and added chicken apple sausage to a version and it was delicious. The recipe is easily adaptable and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.  You're just going to have to trust me on this one.

Makes 1 10-12 inch pizza


  • 12 spears of asparagus
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 14 oz. pizza dough
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt & pepper


-Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
-Wash and dry asparagus and set aside a medium bowl.
-Hold each asparagus by the base and shave from base to tip with a vegetable peeler.
-Toss shaved asparagus with olive oil, salt, and pepper and set aside.
-Meanwhile, roll out or stretch the pizza dough to about 10-12 inches.
-Place dough on a pizza stone or floured baking sheet.
-Top with 1/4 cup grated cheese, followed by the shredded mozzarella.
-Evenly distribute the shaved asparagus on top and place in the oven.
-Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through and golden on the edges.
-Remove from oven, sprinkle with sliced scallions, and slice in wedges.
-Serve immediately.

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