Jim Lahey has created the perfect dish to herald spring–shaved asparagus pizza. His famous crust coddles rich and creamy Brie cheese and shaved asparagus, which chars and curls to become a tangle of sweet, crunchy strands on top. Lemon zest adds brightness to the pizza. And its done in 40 minutes. You can’t order delivery that fast.
Yes, we’re eating asparagus on our pizza. And loving every single bite. This inspired recipe from Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery juxtaposes crispy chewy pizza crust with a tangle of tender and lemony asparagus and gooey cheese aplenty. What results is so spectacular, so unexpected, so contrary to everything you thought you knew about pizza, you may find yourself unable to keep up with the compliments. Especially when you daintily divvy it up and set it out with chilled white wine at a cocktail party.–Angie Zoobkoff
Shaved Asparagus Pizza
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 40 M
- Makes one 18-by-13-inch pizza
Special Equipment: Pizza stone (optional, but preferred)
- Olive oil for the pan and the pizza
- 1 ball store-bought pizza dough or 1/2 recipe homemade pizza dough
- 7 ounces Brie
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1 ounce grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound thick asparagus spears, tough ends snapped off
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- Grated zest of 1/2 small lemon, preferably organic and Meyer
- 1. Place a pizza stone on the middle rack of the oven and heat oven to 500°F (260°C). Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet.
- 2. Place the ball of dough in the center of the oiled sheet pan and gently tug the dough so that it fits the pan. If the dough is too firm to stretch, grab a rolling pin (or, lacking that, a wine bottle) and gently roll the dough to fit the baking sheet.
- 3. Arrange 15 pieces (about 1 tablespoon each) of Brie across the dough in 3 rows of 5. Using a box grater, grate the garlic clove over the top, then scatter on the Parmigiano-Reggiano and black pepper. Drag a vegetable peeler along the length of each asparagus spear to create long shavings. It will seem like a ton of asparagus when it’s all shaved, but it collapses quite bit when cooked. Strew handfuls of the shaved asparagus across the pizza and sprinkle everything with salt.
- 4. Place the sheet pan directly on the pizza stone and bake until the crust is golden brown and the asparagus is charred in spots, 15 to 20 minutes.
- 5. Remove the pizza from the oven, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with the lemon zest. Slice and serve immediately.