Ham, Asparagus and Sweet Onion Pizza


We’ve been making our own pizza lately, and quite enjoying it.  Pizzeria pizza it’s not, but in its own way, just as good and better.  And thanks to this pizza crust yeast that I’ve discovered from Fleischmann’s,  it’s quick and easy from start to finish; first thing, turn on the oven to 430 degrees F so it gets nice and hot.  The pizza will be baked on the bottom rack.  Using two packages of the pizza crust yeast, and following the directions on the package, I used my stand mixer to mix and knead the dough, then pinned it out to fit a well-oiled 11.5″ x 16.5″ baking sheet.  While the dough was being kneaded, I gently sauteed some chopped asparagus in a bit of butter with a pinch of salt and a good grind of fresh pepper.  I used a bottled version of pizza sauce (for convenience tonight, but next time some marinara sauce would be better, I think).  Next came a sprinkling of grated mozzarella cheese, then a layer of chopped ham, the sauteed asparagus, then another sprinkling of mozzarella, and a handful of grated asiago cheese.  Finally I added a light layer of very thinly sliced sweet onion.  The pizza baked for 15 minutes.  At the table, we added some hot pepper flakes for a bit of zing.   It was yummy 🙂


Be sure to check out the Fleischmann’s website for further and better instructions and recipe ideas.  I really like this yeast, which needs only enough kneading to actually form the dough and no proof time.  I pulled my mixer out at 5:25 and we were eating at 6:05, with the kitchen mostly cleaned during baking time.  Easy, quick and delicious; I’m a happy baker!


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