15
Feb 12

Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta “I Love You” Pizza

Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day whether it was with your lover or your friends…or your dog! My hubby and I are pretty laid-back in that we like to stay in…a lot! If we eat out, it takes away the cooking part, which is one of our favorite things to do together. During the weekdays, I do most of the cooking by myself before he gets home, so I can feed the hungry hubby as soon as he comes. Today was no different, and I was excited to surprise him with my  pizza in honor of Valentine’s Day. You can see a recap of our Valentine’s Day here.

Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta “I Love You” Pizza

Ingredients:

  • store bought pizza dough (I get mine from Trader Joe’s or Sprouts.)
  • asparagus
  • diced pancetta (4 oz. package from Trader Joe’s)
  • minced garlic
  • grated mozzarella cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • flour
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven with pizza stone (if using) at 450° (if using parchment paper) or 550°. Let dough rest outside for about 20 minutes.
  2. Shave asparagus stalks using a vegetable peeler. Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Cook diced pancetta with minced garlic and black pepper on a small pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Place cooked pancetta over paper towel on a dish or bowl to soak excess grease.
  4. Lightly sprinkle flour on parchment paper or pizza pan. Roll out dough into a heart shape.
  5. Assemble with grated mozzarella cheese, shaved asparagus, pancetta, and more cheese.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on your taste. Enjoy!

This is my least favorite part (letting the dough rest), because I’m always so eager to start assembling! But this time it didn’t matter, since there was some necessary prepping of the toppings.

Hold the woody end of the asparagus and shave away. After doing this, I wonder if a Y-shaped peeler might be easier to work with. Shave as much as you think you need for your pizza. I think I shaved about 10. Oh, and I recommend getting the thicker ones. Thin ones are a pain.

When you think you have enough, toss them in a bowl with EVOO, salt, and pepper. It’s tasty as-is too!

Cook the diced pancetta thoroughly for about 5 minutes. Admire the little bits of goodness.

Place them over a paper towel in a bowl or dish unless you want a really greasy pizza. Hey, some people might.

Now flour your surface. I used Pam Spray, because my hubby used all the flour trying to bake bread, “trying” being the operative word here. I never roll the dough. That’s hubby’s job, but today I really wanted to surprise him with the heart. I know it doesn’t look like the perfect surface, but it’s harder than imagined! But the shape is pretty darn good, isn’t it?

Generously sprinkle grated mozzarella. I like to use part skim whenever possible.

Layer with shaved asparagus, pancetta, and more mozzarella. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if you want to spice it up.

Send the beauty off into the oven, and bake for 10-15 minutes. Hubby likes it really browned (slightly burnt).

OK, so this was my first time using parchment paper, and I’m not sure if it’s supposed to look like this. The box says that it’s safe to 420°, but I went for 450°. Can anyone give me any input on this? But at least it looks cool.

Fancy pizza cutter, isn’t it? We got it as a gift from our dear friends, Paul & Ashley, along with the pizza stone. We love them! The stone and the cutter, I mean. But we love Paul & Ashley too.

If you’ve never tried asparagus on your pizza, try it now! You don’t even have to shave it, if you’re lazy. Just cut them in half lengthwise and then into couple inches in length. I assure you will love! For a vegetarian pizza, omit the pancetta.

Doesn’t this look like art?

Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta “I Love You” Pizza

Ingredients

• store bought pizza dough (I get mine from Trader Joe's or Sprouts.)
• asparagus
• diced pancetta (4 oz. package from Trader Joe's)
• minced garlic
• grated mozzarella cheese
• extra virgin olive oil
• salt and pepper
• flour
• red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven with pizza stone (if using) at 450° (if using parchment paper) or 550°. Let dough rest outside for about 20 minutes.
2. Shave asparagus stalks using a vegetable peeler. Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
3. Cook diced pancetta with minced garlic and black pepper on a small pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. Place cooked pancetta over paper towel on a dish or bowl to soak excess grease.
4. Lightly sprinkle flour on parchment paper or pizza pan. Roll out dough into a heart shape.
5. Assemble with grated mozzarella cheese, shaved asparagus, pancetta, and more cheese.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on your taste. Enjoy!
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26
Jan 12

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

I only recently discovered the joy of eating Brussels sprouts, and it has become one of my favorite veggies. I’ve done the whole Brussels sprouts with bacon thing. This is something else. This is very special. And it’s super easy which makes my life happy. Thank you Pioneer Woman for bringing this awesome recipe into my life.

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions:

Trim/clean Brussels sprouts, then cut them in half if desired (or you can leave them whole). Arrange on two baking sheets and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper and roast at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until brown.

Combine balsamic vinegar and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and reduce until very thick, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the roasted sprouts, then sprinkle on dried cranberries. Toss and serve immediately.

Clean and trim, place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. That’s the most difficult part of this recipe. Yup, that’s it! Roast in the oven at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes. I had really big Brussels sprouts, so I halved them. Oh, and I scaled my recipe down by a third to serve four people. The recipe above supposedly serves 16 people, but I assure you that everyone will be eating a good portion of this.

In a small saucepan, combine the balsamic vinegar and sugar (I used brown sugar), and bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue to reduce for about 15 to 20 minutes until it turns into a thick glaze.

Plate the beautifully brown roasted Brussels sprouts, throw the cranberries on top, and drizzle the balsamic glaze over everything. Toss and serve with tongs.

I assure you that you will be seeing this on the menu if you come over. It’s easy, and it’s amazingly delicious. Hubby bagged Brussels sprouts at the market when I was getting something else. I think he likes them.

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

Ingredients

• 3 lbs. Brussels sprouts
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• salt and pepper
• 1 cup balsamic vinegar
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

Trim/clean Brussels sprouts, then cut them in half if desired (or you can leave them whole). Arrange on two baking sheets and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper and roast at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until brown.
Combine balsamic vinegar and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and reduce until very thick, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the roasted sprouts, then sprinkle on dried cranberries. Toss and serve immediately.
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