87 degrees and not a cloud in sight. Welcome, Summer.
What I love about Summer: I love Summer barbecue's with friends, Summer sweets like popsicles and fruit tarts, Summer swims and bike rides for frozen yogurt, and Summer time, where the sun doesn't set until 9pm. Gosh, I love Summer.
What I dislike about Summer: Any kind of weather above 85 degrees. YUCK! I guess I will never make it anywhere outside of California, that is for sure.
Hot weather and a now (we just figured it out) air conditioned home, we thought, what better timing for a Summer time dinner: Pizza. And boy, did we live up to the "Summer time" title with this pizza. Garlic pizza dough, goat cheese, shaved asparagus, olive oil, red onion topped with cold avocado and spinach; Utter bliss. I just finished my 4th piece… seriously.
Summertime Green Pizza
1 Garlic pizza dough (Trader Joe's; or, you could make your own)
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons pesto
2 cups shaved asparagus
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/2 cup sliced red onion
Preheat oven to 500F. While preheating, shave your asparagus with a peeler and set aside.
Roll and kneed your pizza dough to a thickness of your choice. (We like it thinner) Lay your pizza dough on a Silpat-lined baking pan. Drizzle dough with olive oil; Set aside.
In a small bowl, mix your pesto and olive oil. Spread over the kneaded dough on your baking pan. Sprinkle your goat cheese on top of the pesto mixture. Then, lay your shaved asparagus on top of the goat cheese, followed by your red onion. Place in the oven for 15-25 minutes, depending on how you like your pizza. We like it crunchy.
When pizza is finished, dress with avocado slices or spinach leaves.
Enjoy your summertime pizza. :)