Pizza bianca refers to a pizza without tomato sauce which is wonderful for Spring in England , when the tomato crop is still a few months away.
A little while ago I saw a BBC recipe for a pizza topped with thinly sliced new potatoes which I wanted to try as soon as I had tired of the annual novelty of new potatoes straight from a pan of boiling water dipped in butter. Then a few weeks ago the ever inspiring Smitten Kitchen blogged a stunning Shaved Asparagus Pizza. I have been loving apaspargus for months eating it raw from the canal towpath , as mimosa , with steak ,roasted ,with gravadlax ,and soy spiced to name a few
For Sunday night dinner I decided to combine potatoes and asparagus in an ultimate Spring Pizza . I used the pizza dough recipe from Smitten Kitchen , it needs 2 hours proving but that just means every so often you get to gaze lovingly at a little growing dough baby. I rolled the dough out to just a few millimeters thick since I love thin and crispy pizza . I follows SKs tip of putting some cornmeal on the baking sheet, this stopped the pizza going soggy or sticking to the tray ensuring the crispiest parchment of pizzas.
This pizza was one of the best things I have eaten in ages , crunchy crispy base topped with creamy potatoes echos of dauphinoise, sweet onions and grassy asparagus. I admit I was dubious that the potato would cook but they were melting. For the carnivore boyfreind I will try this again combining the potato with spicy sausage .
Spring New Potatoes and Shaved Asparagus Pizza
Per 12inch pizza
12 spears of asparagus shaved
1 small red onion
3 new potatoes thinly sliced ( no need to peel)
25g mozarella cheese
6 tbsp of olive oil
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
- Shave the asparagus. I used a potato peeler shaving from the base of the asparagus to the tip and tossing them them in half the olive oil , salt and pepper
- The potatoes and onions can be sliced paper thin using the side of the cheesegrater I have never noticed before (no fancy mandolins here- Strictly old school). Mix them in the olive oil , salt and pepper, too to stop them discolouring.
- Layer up the pizza, potatoes with onion , then asparagus on top then add the mozzarella which should be copped into small 1cm pieces.
- Place in a preheated oven 250degC (or the hottest it goes) for 15 minutes.