Shaved Asparagus Pizza
Makes 1 thin crust 12-inch pizza
1 recipe of your favourite pizza dough
1/2 pound asparagus
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 pound mozzarella, shredded or cut into small cubes
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
several grinds black pepper
1 spring onion, thinly sliced
Prepare asparagus: No need to snap off ends; they can be your “handles” as you peel the asparagus. Holding a single asparagus spear by its tough end, lay it flat on a cutting board and using a vegetable peeler, create long shavings of asparagus by drawing the peeler from the base to the top of the stalk; the mixed textures give a great character to the pizza. Discard tough ends. Toss peelings with olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Assemble and bake pizza: Roll or stretch out your pizza dough. Either transfer to a floured or cornmeal-dusted pizza peel. Sprinkle pizza dough with Parmesan, then mozzarella. Pile asparagus on top. Bake pizza until edges are browned, the cheese is bubbly and the asparagus might be lightly charred. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with spring onions, before serving. A squeeze of lemon could also be added over the asparagus after the pizza as it comes out of the oven.
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