Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Asparagus Prosciutto Pizza

 **Not baking but too delicious not to share**

Last night we had a small shin-dig at my APT with some girlies.  Jvo and I have been planning to have a delish dinner date ever since our extravagant brunch at Friends of a Farmer a couple of weeks back.  She is currently is on an asparagus kick, and anything involving pizza always works for me so we tackled this Asparagus Pizza Recipe with a few slight changes.

We adventured down to Trader Joe's (my main complaint about this city is that there aren't enough Trader Joes'). Grabbed some goodies and headed back to the APT to devour. 20 min later and 17 blocks, we were starving.

The recipe that we used was a little indulgent but definitely worth the splurge! We kinda of winged everything, one of the nice things about cooking is that you can mainly just go with the flow and it will still come out well :)

Ingredients (roughly)
1oz Prosciutto (roughly one package)
Olive oil, for drizzling
1 whole wheat Trader Joe's Pizza dough
1 1/4 cups grated Monterey jack
1 giant block of Fresh Mozzarella (we went with a sort of spicy olive oil marinated block)
6 asparagus stalks
1/2 a sweet onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 basil leaves, finely chopped

 The steps to this were very simple and perfect to do with a friend!  Jvo and I split things up and it worked out perfectly!
1) Spread dough over a pam-ed baking sheet and dust with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
2) Cut onion and saute with olive oil until cooked well but not overly brown
3) place the olive oiled dough into the oven to toast lightly while you...
4) Cut asparagus into small 3 inc pieces
5) Cut mozzarella chunk into small quarter size pieces
6) Pull prosciutto into long thin pieces
7) Chop basil into small crisp pieces
8) Remove dough from the oven and sprinkle garlic evenly throughout
9) Sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese evenly over dough
10) Add asparagus evenly
11) Add Mozzarella evenly
12) Add Prosciutto evenly
13) Top with basil!

 (deliciousness before we threw it in the oven!)

14) Put in over for 20 to 35 minutes until edges start to brown.
15) Dig in!

This recipe made PLENTY of food.  Four starving girls (roommate and roommate's fred were stuffed and there was enough for Jvo to take home for lunch today. Perfect.

What better way to end a scrumptious salty meal then with a delicious sweet treat! We dominated my PB&J Bars and then all were comfortably stuffed until about... right now.

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