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Karen's Shaved Asparagus White Pizza

Karen’s Shaved Asparagus White Pizza

Asparagus adds a veggie element and texture to the Perfect White Pizza!
Make 2 pizzas loaded with flavor with wonderful Shaved Asparagus with Garlic, a White Sauce underneath and Three Cheeses.
Shaved Asparagus White Pizza
Shaved Asparagus White Pizza
The AT-HOME Pizza Craze is on fire! Thanks to the many new Outdoor Wood Fired Pizza Oven & Portable Pizza Ovens on the market we are making the most delicious and inventive pizzas! Try making the dough from scratch ~ so much better and fresher than the ones you can buy – I’ve got a recipe for that! (I used my Thermador oven on Pizza setting.)
Shaved Asparagus White Pizza - sliced on a vintage board
Shaved Asparagus White Pizza – sliced on a vintage board                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Asparagus – available year-round can still be found at your local farmers’ market – or grocery store.
They are tender & sweet and the perfect topping for pizza!
Easily shaved with a vegetable peeler! Glide the peeler across the stalks while on your cutting board. Cut the beautiful tops off and cut them in half lengthwise – add them to the pizza too!                                                                                                                                             

Shaved Asparagus for Pizza
Shaved Asparagus Spears – Save the tips – cut them in half lengthwise
Add EVOO and chopped garlic to the shaved asparagus for pizza topping
Add EVOO and chopped garlic to the shaved asparagus

Extra virgin olive oil moistens and flavors the shaved asparagus – so it will not dry out… garlic adds flavor!

Ingredients for the Shaved Asparagus White Pizza
Ingredients for the Shaved Asparagus White Pizza
Elements for the Pizza:
  • Karen’s Perfect Pizza Dough (so superior to what you can buy in a store or pizza shop!)
  • White Sauce ~ moistens the pizza; adds a creamy texture and extra flavor.
  • Shaved Asparagus ~ for 2 pies I used 3/4 pounds of fat asparagus (4 cups shaved)
  • Cheeses ~ I have used Fresh Ricotta Cheese, Shredded Mozzarella and a Truffled Cheese

Give 00 flour a try!

Mostly imported from Italy – it has an extremely fine texture that makes a very soft and flavorful thin crust. It is made from top-quality, all-natural soft wheat flour that has been milled slowly for ideal water absorption and yield.
AND – it has a lower gluten content than most flours. Some gluten-sensitive eaters might be able to enjoy it!
The “00” refers to the texture of the flour: Italian flours are classified by numbers according to how finely they are ground. I found mine at Wegmans supermarket (also available online.)
Three Cheeses top the Shaved Asparagus Pizza
Three Cheeses top the pizza – Ricotta, Mozzarella and “Boschetto al Tartufo Cheese from Italy 
Tip: When buying Truffle Cheeses – beware of flavoring! Look for the ingredient: “Truffles” ~ not Truffle “flavor.”
If flavored – it’s added synthetic truffle flavor.
Making the Shaved Asparagus White Pizza - the first step
Making the Pizza – the first step

First – roll or stretch the pizza dough to an 11″ circle. Add the delicious, easy to prepare White Sauce all over.
Top with the Ricotta Dots – I use a small ice cream scoop! Dot with 3/4’s of the cheese.

The last step for the Pizza: add the Shaved Asparagus, Asparagus Tips, rest of the cheese and a sprinkle of Dried Oregano
The last step: add the Shaved Asparagus, Asparagus Tips, the rest of the Cheese and a sprinkle of Dried Oregano
Dried Oregano for the pizza from my garden
Dried Oregano from my garden

My oregano is overflowing this summer!! So ~ I have trimmed some fresh sprigs and air dried outdoors on a hot day. They were crispy and dried in just one day. To use: crumble the leaves, discard the stems (I keep in a glass jar in a dark place.)

Ready to bake!  I cooked on a steel pan at 525 degrees… preheated of course!
Crispy perfectly cooked Shaved Asparagus White Pizza - ready to cut and enjoy
Crispy &  perfectly cooked pizza – ready to cut and enjoy – who can resist this right out of the oven? 
Wow! See the texture of all those shaved asparagus spears swirled on top of the pizza
Wow! See the texture of all those shaved asparagus spears swirled on top of the pizza

Try this recipe! Will be a favorite of yours!
Karen

Also see: Garlic Garlic Pizza!
and Grilled Pizza with Raw Garden Tomato Sauce

Shaved Asparagus White Pizza

Karen's Shaved Asparagus White Pizza

Make 2 pizzas loaded with flavor with lovely Shaved Asparagus with Garlic, a White Sauce underneath and Three Cheeses.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 6 servings; 1/3 pie
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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Karen's Perfect Pizza Dough (See recipe) Using 2 pizza dough balls
  • 3/4 pounds fresh fat asparagus cleaned, dried, shaved; tips reserved and halved
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic peeled and chopped
  • 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

White Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter I use organic
  • 2 tablespoons shallots peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk I use whole fat
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Cheeses:

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese I use full fat
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup Italian truffled cheese (with real truffles; not flavored)

Herbs:

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (I dried from my garden)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves to add after the pizza has cooked

Instructions

  • Make Karen's Perfect Pizza Dough (see recipe.) Use half of the recipe (2 balls.)
  • Let the pizza balls rest at room temperature dusted with flour.

Easy White Sauce:

  • Melt the butter in a heavy one quart pot. Add the shallots and garlic, cook over low heat until softened but not colored about 3 minutes.
    Add the flour, stir in and cook 1 more minute. Add half of the milk and the wine - bring to a boil - stirring to thicken, about I minute. Reduce heat to low and add the remaining milk and salt. Simmer stirring until a nice thickened sauce, a few minutes more. Set aside.

Shave the Asparagus:

  • Lay the asparagus spears on a cutting board. Shave the stalks with a vegetable peeler - add to a large bowl. Cut off tips; cut them in half lengthwise; add to bowl.
    Add 3 teaspoons EVOO to the bowl with the 1 T. garlic; mix in and set aside. Add a pinch of salt if desired.
  • Preheat the oven to 525 degrees.

Finish the Pizza:

  • Roll or stretch each pizza dough round to 11". Place on 2 cornmeal dusted pizza pans.
    Top both evenly with the White Sauce, leaving a half inch boarder for the crust. Dot with ricotta cheese all over (can use a small ice cream scoop for perfect circles.) Top with 3/4 of the cheese (remainder will go on top.)
  • Mound the shaved asparagus on top (will wilt as it cooks.) Top with remaining 1/4 of the cheese - scatter on top. Sprinkle with dried oregano. Brush the crust with olive oil if desired.
  • Bake for 12 - 14 minutes - this will depend on the heat of your oven, until crispy and the cheese is bubbly; asparagus cooked with golden edges.
  • Let rest 1 minute - cut each pizza into 6 rectangles and eat!
  • Cooked Pizza freezes very well... wrap tightly.

Notes

Cheeses: Use the variety you like... although these three together are yummy!
This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer.
COURSE: Appetizer, Main Course, Pizza
CUISINE: American, Italian
KEYWORDS: Asparagus Pizza, Shaved Asparagus, White Asparagus Pizza
Nutrition Facts
Karen's Shaved Asparagus White Pizza
Amount per Serving
Calories
396
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
49
mg
16
%
Sodium
 
692
mg
30
%
Potassium
 
288
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
40
g
13
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
Vitamin A
 
940
IU
19
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
256
mg
26
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Karen's Shaved Asparagus White Pizza

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