End of Summer Pizza

Even though I have lived in Texas my whole life, I still get my hopes up this time of year that it will start to cool down. Football has started (well maybe not for the boys…), the State Fair is right around the corner, and yet there are days when the heat index is 105. Yuck. So I thought it would be nice to make a simple, refreshing pizza that will make the heat more bearable and (fingers crossed) usher in nicer weather.

I have been slightly obsessed with shaving asparagus lately, thanks to these delicious recipes. I’ve always loved asparagus, but had previously only thought of using it whole or cut up in pieces. Shaving it has rocked my asparagus world. I find the easiest way to do this is to lay a piece of asparagus flat on a cutting board (you don’t need to snap off the ends). Hold the bottom of the asparagus and using a food peeler start at the bottom and shave up. I usually get 4-5 shaves per stalk. They don’t always come out perfect, but don’t be discouraged. When it all comes together on the pizza it looks and tastes wonderful!

End of Summer Pizza, Serves 1

  • 1 piece of whole wheat naan*
  • 1/4 bunch of asparagus, shaved
  • 1/2 small log of goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup unshelled pistachios (unsalted & unroasted)
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

*You can use pizza dough if you are feeling motivated. I used naan because it is perfect if you want a personal sized pizza.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Shave the asparagus and toss the shavings in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a dash of salt & pepper. Spread the goat cheese on the naan and place the asparagus on top of the pizza.  Bake in the oven for 10 minutes (check to make sure the asparagus doesn’t get over done). Meanwhile toast the pistachios in a pan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Let them cool and roughly chop them up. When the pizza is ready, top with pistachios and a squeeze of lemon juice. I actually made 4 of these pizzas for a dinner party and  served them with a yellow & red cherry tomato salad (enjoy those while you can!). It was a tasty, easy meal and a perfect way to enjoy the end of summer with friends.

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