Pizza Asparagus Rafts


Pizza Asparagus Rafts

When you’ve radically changed how you eat and then spend a lot of time looking for alternatives, it’s amazing how ideas can come to you. Craving the taste of pizza + not eating flour + fresh local asparagus = Pizza Asparagus Rafts!

Like most, I really look forward to the season’s first asparagus. It’s appearance really does mean that warmer weather, longer days, and lighter eating is on the way!

asparagus pizza rafts

Once the asparagus is cooked, and here I recommend grilling, it’s a mere 20 minutes to get this to the table. It might even get non-veg eaters to eat their veg!

asparagus pizza rafts

I was thinking about the tastes of Caprese so kept these simple – but there’s plenty of ways to embellish! Adding some ham, salami or bacon would be tasty, as would be other veg like roasted red peppers or even some olives. Basically, whatever you’d put on a pizza. Just don’t overdo it. For the kids… perhaps strips of pepperoni?!

asparagus pizza rafts

Do be sure to line your baking pan with parchment, and you’ll be able to slide a spatula under those delicious bits of melting cheese that have tried to escape. Regarding the cheese, use mozzarella, but if you use bocconcini like I did, drain it well before. Perhaps grating or slicing it from the traditional ball of mozza would give best results!

asparagus pizza rafts

Another reason to keep the adornments light..? In a 400° oven, these were ready in just under 10 minutes. If you put too much on top, it just won’t work. This is one of those times when less IS more. Capisci…? 

This makes a great appetizer, or serve two with salad for a light, delicious & healthy meal; vegetarian if you hold the meat toppings! Buon appetito~

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