Sunday, May 30, 2010

Asparagus Flat Bread Pizza and a Thank You


I know, I know...it's not rocket science and frankly I was debating even posting this Asparagus Flat Bread Pizza - but it was so delicious - I thought if anything it might lend inspiration. After all, isn't that what food blogging is all about? Exploring, inspiring, possibly jogging a reader's memory to an equally delicious meal they had in their past. That's why I read your food blog...it's not so much for the recipes (though I've made many), than it is for that energy, spark, and adrenalin rush I get from viewing your beautiful photos and reading your thoughtfully penned, skillfully crafted words.

Like a triple shot Italian espresso, your sentence's rush through my veins and catapult me to my kitchen - usually resulting in a montage of dishes representative of my favorite posts from the day. So...I probably don't say it enough but, "thank you." Thank you for all the time you spend sharing your stories and all the hard work you put into making your blog one worthy of reading. You leave me yearning to be a better cook, a better writer, a better photographer...a better blogger... and though I may not know you personally, I can't help but feel a deep connection... to each and every one of you!



Asparagus Flat Bread Pizza
1 lb Asparagus, rinsed and chopped into approx. 1 inch pieces
2+ tablespoon olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, minced
freshly grated parmigiano reggiano
goat cheese
shredded mozzarella
S&P to taste

Preheat oven to 400. Saute olive oil and garlic in a pan over medium
heat until garlic sizzles. Add asparagus and cook approx 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat & cover for 10 minutes. Take a food brush and brush some of the oil in the pan onto prepared flat bread. Top with Parmesan. Top with asparagus. Top with desired amount of goat cheese and mozzarella. Drizzle with more oil from the pan. Cook in oven approx 5-8 minutes until crisp on the edges and cheese is melted and bubbly. Perfect appetizer hot out of the oven or sitting on a tray at room temp. A simple crowd pleaser.

4 comments:

Andrea said...

Oh man these look so so SO GOOD!!! I love pizza, I love asparagus, this is a marriage made in heaven :) Please don't be worried about it being too simple, its perfect! I'm going to have to make flatbread, or buy it, and make these soon. YUM!

FOODalogue said...

I read the first 2 paragraphs several times, savoring the message. It is so well expressed and I'm sure many of us share the sentiment.

P.S. And the flatbread looks delicious.

Frank said...

This looks delicious. However, I have never used goat cheese and i'm not sure even where to purchase. Any other cheese that comes close to its taste and texture? Thank you.

Design Wine and Dine said...

Take 2! Thanks for your comment/question Frank! Goat cheese usually comes packaged in logs or in containers crumbled, and has a very creamy, distinct (yet mild) flavor. I'm not sure where you are located, but if you can't find it in the cheese section of your local grocery store, ask around b/c it could be it's located somewhere else in the store - if not - ask them to order b/c all grocery stores should carry it by now! Most people will say, "a little goat cheese goes a long way" - but for those of us WHO LOVE it - "a little is never enough!"

If you just can't find goat cheese - some other cheeses that come to mind with similarities are, gorgonzola and/or feta. But if you're a lover of cheese ~ almost any will do just fine on this simple flat bread pizza! A cheese I have been crazy over recently is smoked mozzarella (a whole other post ~ stay tuned!) If anyone else is reading this...do you have any other suggestions for Frank???