Asparagus and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Hi Pizza Lovers– I’m thinking that’s a lot of you.  At least I know in third grade, Pizza is by far the most popular food.  While this version lacks pepperoni (Sorry third graders), it makes up the flavor with the intensity of the caramelized onions and plenty of garlic. This recipe makes 2 pizzas–I’m sitting here now waiting for them to come out of the oven…

ASPARAGUS AND CARAMELIZED ONION PIZZA

Dough:
1 package yeast
1 cup warm water*
1 tab. sugar
2 tab olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups flour

Let the yeast dissolve in the water and then stir in the other ingredients.  Knead 3 to 4 minutes (you can add a little more flour if it feels too sticky)  and stretch the dough onto 2 12″ pizza pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray.  Put them in a warm place to rise while you do the rest of the prep.  (I turn the oven on for just 3 minutes, then turn it off to warm it a bit and set the pizza crusts in there to rise).

Toppings:
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup olive oil, plus one extra splash
3 onions, sliced
1 small bunch of thin asparagus
1/2 cup kalmata olives
8 to 10 oz. mozarella, grated
1/3 cup parmesan reggiano
1/4 cup pine nuts (or walnuts)

Put the minced garlic into the olive oil and let it infuse for a bit.  Then splash just a dollop of olive oil into a large pan.  Heat it up and dump in the sliced onions to carmelize them, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until they are brown and sweet.  Cook the asparagus in the microwave just 3 or 4 minutes (depending on how thick it is) until it is cooked, but still crisp.  And cut up the olives into nice little bits.

By the time you’ve done all this the pizza dough should be raised.  Spread on the garlic oil.  Then the caramelized onions.  Top with the mozzarella and parmesan.  And finally sprinkle on the asparagus, olives and pine nuts.  Pop it all into a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes until it’s beautiful and browned.  Hope you love it as much as I do!

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