Homemade Pizza Primavera

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Showcasing asparagus, one of Spring’s first vegetables, on this decadent pizza primavera.

Pizza Primavera

Primavera

I can’t think of a more delicious way to enjoy spring veggies than on a pizza! Primavera, in Italian, simply means ‘spring’, and aside from the first flowers that pop up in the spring, asparagus is among the first veggies ready for harvest. 

Who Doesn’t Love PIZZA!

If you happened to keep a tall pot of cherry tomatoes inside during the winter, or planted them indoors in February, you may also have small tomatoes ready to pick. 

If not, let’s buy them and bring their sweet juice to our pizza primavera as well. Oh, and for sure you kept a window pot of herbs all winter? If not, pick up a few bundles of your favorite. 

Oregano is planted in my yard and I am amazed that I can see their little green heads hiding under the brown leaves covering them, all winter. I used those in my pizza.

Pizza

Pizza is one of the best ways I know to make just about any ingredient come alive into a simple meal, loved by everyone! When you think of it, the sky’s the limit as to what you can lather a beautiful pizza dough with. A few of my favorites, and trust me, these are only a few, are:

Homegrown Herbs

Homemade Pizza

There are two-steps to making this scrumptious pizza; First we make the dough and let is rise for an hour, then we will be preparing the toppings. 

While you can buy a pizza dough in the grocery store, this dough is so easy to make and for sure tastes amazingly better. I sprinkle a little grated cheese into the dough so the flavor is spectacular!

PizzaDough
Homemade Pizza Dough

Once the dough is mixed and quietly sitting somewhere warm to double in size, you can go ahead and slice the onions and asparagus and have them marinating in the olive oil and garlic. 

While not everyone peels their asparagus, if you do, you know it exposes the tender stalk of the asparagus, making the entire stalk tender. 

Asper
Peeled Asparagus Making It Very Tender

Another delicious option to this asparagus pizza is to keep it simple with just asparagus and thin slices of Prosciutto and the same olive oil and garlic drizzle.

Asparagus and Prosciutto Pizza with Cheese in the Crust

Cheeses On My Pizza

While most often, mozzarella is the cheese splattered across pizza, having way less flavor than I like on my pizza, you might find a surprisingly better flavor in the pizza cheese coming from a hard sheep milk cheese. 

The hard cheeses maintain their form, melt and get toasty on top but they don’t melt into a puddle covering all the other ingredients. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Hard Cheese – preferably a sheep milk cheese
  • Asparagus
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Olives
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh herbs
TomPrep
Pizza Primavera Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Slotted spoon
  • Plastic wrap or a dish towel – to cover the dough while rising
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Pizza pan or cookie sheet
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Garlic press
  • Citrus press
  • Oven

Homemade Pizza Primavera

Recipe by rdaumitCourse: PizzaCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

4

servings

Showcasing asparagus, one of Spring’s first vegetables, on this decadent pizza primavera.

Ingredients

  • Flour – 3 – 4 cups, plus extra for shaping

  • Water – 1 1/2 cup

  • Yeast – 2 tsp

  • Salt – 1 tbsp

  • Grated hard cheese – 1/4 cup

  • Asparagus – 1 bundle, peeled and sliced in half long-ways

  • Cherry tomatoes – 1 cup, sliced in half

  • Onion – 1/2 cup, sliced thin

  • Garlic – 2 cloves, smashed

  • Olives – 1/2 cup, sliced

  • Olive oil – 1/4 cup

  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

  • Fresh herbs – 1/2 cup, oregano, basil or rosemary

  • Hard cheese – 1/2 lb, preferably a Pecorino or similar, sliced or grated

Directions

  • Dough – Pour the water into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar on top. Let it sit for 5-minutes to form a foam.
  • Sprinkle salt and a little flour in and stir. Slowly add flour and stir until it becomes more difficult to stir. With your hands begin to press newly sprinkled flour into the dough, turn it over, sprinkle more and continue like this until the dough is not longer sticky to the touch.
  • In a clean, lightly oiled bowl, place the dough, cover and set in a warm (not hot), place until it doubles in size, about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Roll out the risen dough on a floured surface and fit onto the pizza pan, or cookie sheet. Allow it to rest while preparing the topping.
  • In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon and crushed garlic. Toss the onions and asparagus in the olive oil.
  • Dip a basting brush into the oil at the bottom of the bowl and brush generously across the top of the pizza dough and crust.
  • Layer the onions and asparagus across the top of the pizza, along with the tomatoes, olives and rough chopped herbs. Lay the slices of cheese on top.
  • Bake until the edges of the crust are golden, about 18-20 minutes.
PizzaPrimaVera
Homemade Pizza Primavera
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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