Shaved Asparagus Pizza

SHAVED ASPARAGUS PIZZA
Fresh asparagus in a pizza, that is screaming “Spring” to me.  I love pizza, I love asparagus, and having them both is fabulous to the highest degree.   Use any of your go-to pizza crust (store-bought, from scratch, or from a box like Jiffy), top with a thin layer of white sauce (Alfredo or bechamel, available in jars but, really it’s so easy to make it with just few ingredients) and shaved asparagus (we do same thing with fresh green beans, sauteed along with browned ground beef, yumm).

1 recipe Jiffy Pizza crust (1 box Jiffy Pizza Crust Mix) or your favorite pizza dough
1/2 pound fresh green asparagus, rinsed well and woody ends removed
store-bought bechamel sauce or Alfredo sauce
1/2 pound grated/shredded mozzarella (use very large grater of box grater)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 pound mozzarella, shredded or cut into small cubes
olive oil
sprinkle of salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes

Shave fresh asparagus: (1) by picking  up each asparagus spear and make shaves of asparagus using a sharp, “never used” disposable shaving razor blade or (2) laying flat, while holding one end, each asparagus spear and make shaves using a vegetable peeler.

Make your pizza crust following package directions (no need to pre-bake the crust though) and stretch out the pizza dough (dusted with flour) to fit a large rectangular baking tray with sides (dusted with flour or cornmeal) .   Brush formed crust lightly with olive oil.  Top oiled pizza crust with white sauce (bechamel or Alfredo),  a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese and shredded/grated mozzarella.  Arrange shaved asparagus on top, add a sprinkle of salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes and finish with a light drizzle of olive oil.  Bake at a preheated 425 F oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are nicely browned.

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