What it is:
A California twist on pizza. Of course, since there is no sauce and there are weird toppings, many pizza purists will never (ever) consider this pizza. But it’s a pretty good way to incorporate some new flavors into your cooking repertoire. It can be used as an entree, a snack for gameday, or as an appetizer depending on your mood.
For 4 servings
1 12″ pizza crust
2/3 cup bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
12 oz. asparagus, trimmed
3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese (3 oz.)
3/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese (3 oz.)
What you do:
1. In a pot of salted. boiling water, blanch the asparagus for one minute.
2. Immediately remove asparagus and put in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and retain the bright green color.
3. Arrange the ingredients onto the pizza shell in the following order: pepper, onion, then olives.
4. Fan out the asparagus with trimmed ends next to each other in the center and the tips pointing towards the edge of the dough.
5. Evenly distribute the cheese on top of the other ingredients.
6. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes at 500° or until the crust starts to brown.
7. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
*If you prefer smaller pieces, you can certainly chop the asparagus into 1/4″ bits.
**For a sweeter taste, select red or yellow bell peppers
***Pre-made, raw pizza dough from your local grocery store can be used if you prefer a thinner, more traditional crust. Just make sure you follow the directions on the package since the cooking time and temperature will be different.
Calories: 396……Calories From Fat: 128……Total Fat: 14g……Saturated Fat: 9g
Cholesterol: 31mg……Total Carbs: 44g……Fiber: 7g……Protein: 19g……Sodium: 921mg
From the California Asparagus Commission.