When the mr got home from work last night, her got himself a super great dinner suprice
Pizza, on a Monday. Woo Hoo! (I am so awesome, my sister even texted to congratulate him on his unexpected pizza dinner)
But here is the thing. I think pizza is a completely acceptable dinner any night of the week just as long as it is not covered in a shit tone of greasy cheese or any other kinda heavy and not so good stuff. This is a not one of those types of pizzas. This pizza is light, the crust rolled slightly thin, covered in a creamy sweet pea and cashew cream, (which is really pretty) and topped off with a tons of shaved asparagus and sliced radishes.It's a celebration of spring time veggies and tastes so f*ing good. Sweet and creamy from the peas cashew cream, a nice crispy freshness from the asparagus, and a nice little spicy kick from the radishes. All the flavors that make me happy. It's oh so good. .
And really, It's almost like eating a big salad with a piece of bread. Not a bad dinner right? So do yourself a favor and make that salad and bread into this kick ass pizza.
You can, you should, you, must.
The stuff. Peas (fresh or thawed out frozen.. my were frozen) some cashews soaking in water, a bunch of asparagus (I had purple but you can just use green) ans a few radishes. Also need a lemon, some nutritional yeast, a few coves of garlic, salt and pepper, and a little olive oil. Oh, and a pizza dough.
To get the cashew pea cream going, strain the water from the cashews and dump them into a blender along with the peas, garlic, nutritional yeast, juice of half of the lemon, and a pinch of salt. Turn blender on and slowly add in a bit of water, just enough to get the stuff to start blending. Keep on blending until nice and smooth.
And now shave the asparagus down. I found the easiest way to do this is to chop op the crown part then place the stock on the counter and peel away from you. Not all peels are going to be uniform and perfect, which is good for a textured pizza. Any pieces that break off or shave off weird, keep them too, it;s all going on the pizza. If you asparagus is not super fresh, they might have woody ends. When done shaving just toss those into a bag and save for a soup later.
And now that the asparagus is done, thinly slice the radishes up.
Get that pizza dough onto a baking devise (use a baking sheet, pizza stone, or whatever you usually make pizza on. I used a lightly oiled baking sheet) and smear lots of that cashew pea cream all over it.
Pile on the shaved asparagus and all the ends and tips that we cut off or broke off.
Top with the radishes and a good pinch of salt and lots of fresh cracked pepper.
Into the oven it needs to go.
Pulled from the oven, looking all pretty and springy and smelling so amazing.
Drizzled with a little of the left over cashew pea cream and a few squeezes of fresh lemon.
Your good to go!
Pizza on a weekday, it's what you need in your life.
Shaved Asparagus, Radish, and Cashew Pea cream Pizza
- 1 12oz pizza dough (use this recipe, your own, or store bought)
- 10-15 or so stalks of asparagus (about 1/2 a pound)
- 3-4 big radishes
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup cashews (soaked for about 1/2 an hour)
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1/8-1/4 cup water
- A lemon
- olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450
First off, prepare your pizza dough or remove it from the fridge to come to room temperature.
Strain the water from the cashews and add them to a blender with the peas, the juice of half a lemon, 1/8 cup of water, the nutritionalyeast, and a sprinkle of salt. Blend until smooth. If you need to, add in another splash or two of water to thin it out.
Grab your asparagus stalks ans chop off the top crown parts. Take the remaining stalks and peel them. Do this by holding the stalk flat on the counter and while holding to the end, peel the stalk away from you. I(f your asparagus is not super fresh ans had woody ends, use those to hold on to and when done shaving, just toss them into a bag and save for a soup later) Shave each piece until you cant shave any more. Some pieces are going to be super thin, some kinda thick... that's totally cool, it add dimension to the pizza.
And now, as thinly as you can, slice the radishes.
To assemble pizza- Roll out dough kinda thin and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet.(you can bake your dough any way or on any thing that you usually do) Smear a good amount of the cashew pea cream on dough. You will probably have a little left over which you can either water down a little as a drizzle for the done pizza or just save for a sandwich or a veggie dip for later. Topthe smeared dough with all the shaved asparagus and chopped off crowns then layer on the radishes .Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stick into the oven. Bake for 15ish minutes or until your crust golden brown and done to your liking.
When you remove the pizza from the oven, feel free to drizzle the remaining cashew pea cream all over and definitelytop with a squeeze of more of fresh lemon.
Cut into pieces (square, triangles or what have you) and serve to your open mouth!
Happy Spring Eating!