If you haven't noticed, I love making pizza. Pizza dough is like a canvas to paint on, and you can be as creative or funky as you want. It's spring, and for some reason every blogger in the world seems to use asparagus in some spring recipe. I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of asparagus. I don't dislike it, I've just had too much of it over the years. It used to grow wild in our yard and take over our grass, so I think of it as a weed. But, it is a pretty vegetable, and contains lots of nutrients that we need, so I used it in this recipe. I'm glad I did, because I love this pizza! I've played around with the idea of putting potatoes on pizza, but never tried it until now. It works! Potatoes taste good on pizza.
Asparagus & Potato Pizza
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough: 1 tsp white sugar 1 Tbsp Yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 3 Tbsp Lethicin* 2 Tbsp Gluten* 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in water. Once it is bubbly, add olive oil and salt. Stir in lethicin and gluten, and add flours, kneading until it forms a smooth ball. Allow to rise double (about 1 hour), divide into two pieces, roll out for pizza.
*This dough will work without the lecithin and gluten, but works much better with them.
Toppings: Olive Oil Salt 4 green onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small white potato 1 cup your favorite veggies, chopped (I used red bell peppers, zucchini, & mushrooms) 1 large bunch of asparagus 1 3/4 cups fresh mozzarella, cut in squares 1/3 cup grated aged Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
Remove the ends of the asparagus, cut in half and then again in half lengthwise. Soak the asparagus in cold water to remove grit. Saute the chopped veggies in olive oil until tender, (or roast them before chopping them). Sprinkle with salt and set aside. Slice potato thinly and cook in olive oil until tender, sprinkle with salt.
Preheat oven to 500ºF. Rub pizza dough with olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic and green onion. Spread cooked potato slices over the top. Top with cooked veggies. Scatter uncooked, drained asparagus over all. Finally top with three cheeses. Bake on a pizza stone or pan until dough it browned and cheese is melted.
Creamy potato soup seems like a winter dish, but I created a light version and added parsnips, which sweeten up the flavor and make it just right for spring.
Potato Soup With Parsnips and Leeks
3 leeks, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp butter 4 large potatoes, skinned and chopped 3 medium parsnips, skinned and chopped 16oz vegetable or chicken broth 1 tsp dried tarragon 1/2 tsp dried rosemary salt to taste 3 -4 cups milk
In a large pot saute leeks and garlic in olive oil and butter until tender. Add potatoes and parsnips. Cover with broth and add tarragon, rosemary and salt. Simmer until tender. Add milk and heat thoroughly. Blend about half of the soup until smooth. Add back into the pot. Heat through. Serve topped with a little shredded cheese if you wish.