Monday, August 23, 2010

Asparagus, Cheese and Prosciutto Pizza

According to the directions for this pizza, it sounded like I was supposed to put the proscitto on top uncooked. I didn't like the sound of that so I crisped it in a skillet first.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound store-bought pizza dough
1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1 pound thin asparagus, trimmed and halved
6 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (2 cups)
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into strips

Preheat the oven to 425°. Brush a rimmed baking sheet with the olive oil. Place the pizza dough on the pan and stretch to fit (if the dough is resistant, cover with a kitchen towel and refrigerate for a few minutes). Spread the ricotta on the dough. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top and season with salt and pepper. Nestle the asparagus pieces in the cheese and sprinkle the Gruyère on top.

Bake the pizza until the crust is brown and the cheese is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Scatter the prosciutto over the top and cut into squares.

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