Veggies on my Pizza? Yes please!

I like veggies and, of course, love pizza!  For the past week, I’ve repeatedly made a specific pizza: Bacon, asparagus and goat cheese pizza.   My only problem has been the crust — I’m not using a wide enough cast iron skillet.  As much as I love crust, well, let’s say there’s a fine line between “yippy, thick crust!” and “whoa! That’s a lot of crust!”

It’s all about veggies for this pizza.  Leftover roasted asparagus, roasted brussel sprouts and fresh grape tomatoes.  Feel free to use any veggies in your fridge.  The best part is it’s pizza!

Veggies on my Pizza? Yes please!
Lots of freshly roast veggies atop whole wheat pizza dough
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Cuisine: Pizza
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
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Ingredients
  • 1 pizza dough (store bought is fine)
  • 10-12 stalks asparagus, roasted
  • ½-pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 6 brussel sprouts, cut in half and roasted, optional
  • 6 slices bacon, center cut
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese, part-skim shredded or fresh, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz grated Italian cheese blend
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Add a large cast iron skillet to the oven and let it pre-heat along with the oven.
  2. If your dough is store-bought, turn it out on a lightly floured surface and let it rest 20 min.
  3. While the dough is resting, fry the six pieces of bacon until crispy. Save 2 tbsp. of bacon grease. Drain the bacon on paper towels. Crumble in small pieces and set aside.
  4. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Aim for a thin round shape. (Trust me, this is not as easy as it sounds!). Let the dough rest again while you get the skillet from the oven.
  5. Remove the skillet from the oven; add the reserved bacon grease and swirl to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  6. Fit the dough into the skillet and listen to the sizzle of crust being formed. Sprinkle the dough with red pepper flakes, salt, and generous sprinkle of garlic powder. Sprinkle half of the cheeses, followed by grape tomato halves, veggies and red onion.
  7. Sprinkle last bit of cheese, top with goat cheese and bacon. Top with 1-2 grinds of black pepper.
  8. Put the skillet in the oven for 12-18 minutes. Check after 10 minutes to see if bottom of the crust is brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and let the pizza rest 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

Fresh out of the oven pizza

I decided to make a veggie pizza after roasting too much asparagus on Sunday and realizing I still had goat cheese from last week’s pizza attempt.  You can also roast the grape tomatoes to intensify the flavor.  Roasting will add 35-45 min to your prep time if need to roast them before they go on the pizza.  Or you can buy the teeny tiny asparagus.  That will roast in the time the pizza cooks.

Hot gooey slice of pizza

This was delicious!  Next time I’ll roll the dough thinner and put it in a larger skillet but the flavors … YUM!—

Must admit — the ice cold glass of Gosset champagne  went very nicely with the pizza.  Can’t wait to try next week’s variation!

 

 

Tonight’s Wine

05/10/2012

Poker night!  I’m drinking La Marca Prosecco.  It’s an inexpensive, easy-to-drink sparkling wine that goes very well with cheese and crackers, light seafood dishes.

I enjoy sparkling wine in all forms — Champagne, prosecco, cava, other sparkling wines — and this one is one of my favorites.  It doesn’t pretend to have the gravitas of champagne — it’s fun, it’s bubbly, its unpretentious!  It’s the friend you call when you want a fun time or when you’re introducing a new ‘friend’ not when you’re announcing the huge promotion or engagement.

Great start to poker night — wish me luck!

Please share your favorite sparkling wines.  I’ll talk more about some of my all-time favorite champagnes in later posts.