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Monday, May 26, 2014

Asparagus Pizza Gluten-Free #River Cottage VEG #Weekly Menu Plan

Asparagus Pizza-simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Ancient Trees Olive Oil. All opinions are my own.

I just started cooking through River Cottage VEG and I am so impressed with the number of interesting and easy vegetable recipes in this cookbook. I saw a recipe for Asparagus Pizza that looked so good I decided I needed to have it for lunch. 


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If you remember I live a bit out in the sticks.. to get to any real grocery store takes me 20 minutes, so I snooped around in the fridge and this is the simplified version of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall asparagus pizza that I came up with.

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I genuinely recommend that you use whatever cheese you have on hand and whatever vegetables to make a pizza. I think we get too stuck in the, 
"I need mozzarella and tomato sauce." to make a pizza. 

Asparagus Pizza: simplelivingeating.com

I always keep a pre-made crust in the freezer and making a pizza, especially in the warmer months, is a good way to clean out your refrigerator without making soup. 

The one thing I do recommend is that you add a quality extra-virgin olive oil to your pantry, one like Ancient Olive Trees Olive Oil that has a mild fruity flavor to it; which makes it very versatile. Unlike most olive oils on the market Ancient Olive Trees creates a rich "tree-to-table" flavor by picking their olives while they are still green and pressing them within hours of picking.  

A quality olive oil when used for drizzling on a pizza or a salad makes a big difference in the taste of the dish. Keep this rule of thumb in mind especially when cooking Mediterranean food: The less ingredients in a dish the better the quality of those ingredients need to be... because you are going to taste EVERYTHING.

Buon appetito 

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Asparagus Pizza

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Inspired by Asparagus Pizza in River Cottage VEG by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Preparation: 10 minutes                                    serves 2 - 4


Ingredients:

1 12 inch prepared pizza crust  (I used Better Bread Company Gluten Free Pizza Crust)
1/2 cup of grated cheese: recommend gruyere or cheddar
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO): recommend Ancient Olive Trees Olive Oil
12 asparagus spears blanched 2 minutes
1 small onion sliced and sautéed 
 pepper


Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

2)Blanch the asparagus and saute the onions.

3) Brush pizza crust with EVOO.

4) Sprinkle cheese on the pizza crust. Top with onions and then asparagus and pepper.

5) Bake until crust and cheese starts to brown approximately 7 to 10 minutes. 
NOTE: Cooking time and temperture may need to be adjusted depending on the pizza crust's cooking directions. 


cooking along with cottage cooking club


PS: Make sure you get the US edition of the book if you want US measurements. 


As a member of this cooking group I have agreed not to print the recipes from this book unless they are published. We encourage you to get a copy of this cookbook. 




Weekly Menu Plan:


Monday: Memorial Day Picnic at Pool Club

Tuesday: Carrot Hummus with Chickpea Patties and Pita Bread


Thursday: Pinto Bean Tacos with Green Salad

Friday: Spaghetti and Meatballs with Green Bean Salad



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40 comments:

  1. I like this pizza!!
    We love asparagus, but I've never thought of making a pizza with it
    Great idea :)

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    1. I never thought of it either. It's delicious enjoy.

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  2. Oh man! This looks so tasty! I looooove asparagus and well... pizza is always a win in my home. I usually make a crust with some spinach in it. We actually just had some last night. Pinned to save for our next pizza adventure :)

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    1. I never thought of asparagus before... it is perfect for this time of year. Enjoy.

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  3. I chose this one too! It looks so deliciously yummy! I can’t wait to give it a try!
    I just ordered this book for the second time…the first one never came, it was being shipped from the UK. (I didn’t realize that until after I ordered it) The new one is coming from MD. Looking to getting my hands on this book…everything looks so interesting and delicious! Have a good night, Diane!

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    1. I ordered the wrong one too and had to send it back. I didn't realize there was an American version, but I am loving it.

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  4. My mother-in-law was telling me recently about this book after watching a TV series about River Cottage. Just ordered the book - thanks for reminder! :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. I am really having a great time cooking through it. My whole family seems to like the recipes, so I'm super excited.

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  5. Now that we get our produce delivered each week, I'm finding I need a lot more vegetable recipes! Thanks for the tips on Olive Oil.

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    1. You are welcome... you might want to check out this cookbook too. It has great vegetable recipes.

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  6. Love white pizzas like this, your presentation is wonderful. Great cookbook.

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    1. Thanks Cheri, A white pizza really is a nice change and I am loving this cookbook.

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  7. I used a frozen gluten-free crust, too. This was a winner for me - I'll definitely be making it again. I like your pantry version!

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    1. Isn't that funny about the crust. Using a ready made crust really made this a quick meal.

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  8. Dear Diane, both the Asparagus Pizza and the Arugula, Fennel and green Lentil Salad look scrumptious - beautiful pictures of fabulous recipes! I am very happy to read that your family is enjoying the recipes from this book as much as you are!
    Thank you for your participation and your enthusiasm!

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  9. I made this too, though tried out the "magic dough". I still need to pull out some from the freezer to see how it did. I thought this was terrific, and agree, other cheeses and other vegetables would be fabulous too!

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  10. I chose this recipe as well. It turned out to be my favorite from this month's recipes. I prefer pizza this way - never cared for the tomato laden pizzas you get when you order out.

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    1. I'm from New Haven, CT home of the white clam pizza... so I've always loved a white sauce on a pizza. So glad you enjoyed this one too.. definitely a favorite.

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  11. I loved this pizza also, Diane. I used my whole wheat pizza dough recipe instead of the "magic dough" because I knew it would work in the altitude. I used the cheeses that I had on hand (as you also recommended) but did buy the buffalo mozzarella which I thought was an important ingredient. You're right about this pizza opening up all kinds of opportunities besides tomato sauce and mozzarella.

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    1. I love buffalo mozzarella, but can usually only find it in Whole Foods, which is a little bit of distance for me, so I don't go there often. So their are issues with dough rising in high altitudes?

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  12. I had no idea there was a US version of the book! I've been having fun converting all of the metric/celsius measurements. I wish I had read your post sooner!

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  13. I can't wait to try your pizza recipe. I'm always looking for a new a different recipe and that looks delicious with the Asparagus. . Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  14. I love the simplicity of this dish, and anything with asparagus is top notch in my book! I would be honored if you would stop by Pure Grace Farms and link this gorgeous recipe at the Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop this evening. This will be my first week at co-hosting and I am beyond excited! Blessings…Shari

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    1. What a great compliment thanks so much.

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  15. This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

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  16. Wow, this does look amazing. I recently picked up a new vegetarian cookbook and there was a ton of asparagus recipes and pizza recipes, but not one like this. I've pinned it. Found you through the Wednesday Whatsits, but would love for you to link this up at my Yuck Stops Here party, too! http://yumeating.com/yuck-stops-10/

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    1. Glad this was helpful. I love this recipe and it's simple and versatile versatile.

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  17. This looks absolutely delicous! I'm thrilled to see you at The Yuck Stops Here link party and can't wait to see what you bring to the party next week! HUGS

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  18. LOVE this pizza idea for the summer. Asparagus = yummy<3

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  19. I love making "different" pizzas. This one looks good. Thanks for sharing with Let's Get Real (co-hosting this week).

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  20. Oooh, this looks yummy! One of my best friends is gluten free and this would be the perfect pizza to make for when she comes over! Thanks!

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  21. This pizza looks really delicious! I am one of those tomato and mozzarella types, I think I need to change that and give this one a try. :)

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  22. This sounds amazing! I'm always on the lookout for new healthy pizza ideas. I've never thought of using gruyere on pizza. I'll bet it's really good with the asparagus. Friday night is pizza night at our house. I now have my recipe. Thank you for sharing this!

    BTW, I found your site at the Let's Get Real Hop.

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    1. So glad this inspired you Miki... making this pizza opened my mind to more options for cheese and topping for pizza.

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  23. Hi Diane! I'm stopping in from Let's Get Real today. I love pizza and have been experimenting with different combinations. I like to put a bunch of different toppings on the table and let everyone make their own pizza. It works out well for entertaining. I've also discovered new favorites as a result. I bet the asparagus and onions taste great together. I look forward to trying this soon. Let's see who else puts asparagus on their pizza with me.

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    1. I've done make your own taco but not make your own pizza. Great idea.

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  24. What a fantastic flavor combo! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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  25. This looks so delicious! The picture looks amazing! Pinned! Please join us tonight at 7 pm and party with us. We feel honored when you stop by! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  26. Asparagus plus pizza sounds like a favorite meal waiting to happen! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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