When it comes to pizza toppings, I tend to be a bit adversed to cooking the toppings before having to cook the pizza- I only do it if the topping is really better cooked. With this asparagus pizza, by shaving the asparagus, it cooks perfectly with the pizza. Also, if you’ve never shaved asparagus before- it can be fairly easy. I have a quick video below but the key is to find a flat-handled utensil to lift the asparagus off the cutting board. I use a kitchen brush but anything that’s flat will work. Also, look for slightly thicker asparagus- it’s easier to shave!
- 3/4 lb of asparagus
- 6 scallions, diced (both whites and most of the greens)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- Cornmeal, for dough
- 1 ball of pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 ounces gorgonzola, crumbled
- Prep asparagus by shaving into thin slices (see video below). Toss with the diced scallions and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Asparagus should be well coated with scallions and olive oil.
- Preheat oven to 500˚ with a pizza stone.
- Sprinkle cornmeal on a large enough cutting board. Knead/toss/roll out dough to roughly a 14" circle. Brush with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle garlic over the crust.
- Add the shaved asparagus over the pizza evenly, it's okay if it's mounded as it will cook down as the pizza cooks.
- Sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella and gorgonzola. Carefully transfer the pizza to the stone and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling, 10 to 14 minutes (depending on how well your oven keeps heat).
- Carefully remove the pizza, let cool for 5 minutes, then cut and serve.
How to Shave Asparagus
Once you master the shaving technique, this asparagus pizza becomes a breeze and is one of my favorite ways to celebrate spring. Of course, I know that not everyone is a fan of gorgonzola, so below are some ideas to work around that.
Cheese: Swap in your favorite pizza cheese. I personally love smoked cheeses (a smoked mozzarella is great) or try goat cheese in place of the gorgonzola.
Gluten-Free: Want pizza but need it gluten-free? Try your hand at making your own pizza crust.
Scallions: One of the things I love most about spring is the wide array of Allium’s at the market. Try green garlic, spring onions, or spring leeks in place of the scallions.
You might notice that I love shaved asparagus. It’s easy to use (both cooked and raw) and I think the thin slices are a wonderful way to show off this beautiful spring produce. If you want to keep shaving, here are a few more recipes you can try.
+ Recipe first posted on April 16th, 2012. Last updated on April 10th, 2016.