Traditional asparagus recipes often call for blanching the tender springtime spears, but we like ours oven-roasted in an Ooni pizza oven – whether wrapped in Parma ham and sizzled in one of our cast iron pans, or a atop a simple but delicious pizza.
The smoky bacon and salty feta in this recipe perfectly offset the fragrant sweetness of the asparagus. Time to get outdoors and celebrate spring with your Ooni pizza oven.
Makes one 12" pizza
165g (5.8oz) pizza dough ball (see note below)
10 asparagus spears
25g (1oz) smoked bacon, chopped into small strips
50g (2oz) feta
2 garlic cloves, minced
20ml (1 tablespoon) olive oil
40ml (2 tablespoons) balsamic glaze
10g (1 teaspoon) cracked black pepper
Prepare your pizza dough ahead of time. To make a 12" pizza, we recommend preparing pizza dough balls that are 165g (5.8oz) each – our guide to making the perfect Classic Pizza Dough covers everything you need to know.
Once your dough is ready, fire up your Ooni pizza oven. Aim for 500˚C (932˚F) on the stone baking board inside. You can check the temperature inside your oven quickly and easily using the Ooni Infrared Thermometer.
Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus spears and discard, then slice each spear in half lengthways. Set aside.
In a pan, fry the bacon until the strips are caramelised and crispy and the fat on the bacon has turned translucent. Set aside.
Using a small amount of flour, dust your Ooni pizza peel. Stretch the pizza dough ball out to 12" and lay it out on your pizza peel. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil and minced garlic. Spread the olive oil mixture across the pizza dough base. Layer the sliced asparagus across the base and top with the bacon.
Slide the pizza off the peel and into your Ooni pizza oven, making sure to rotate the pizza regularly.
Once cooked, remove the pizza from your oven. Crumble the feta on top – it will melt a little bit as the pizza is still hot – then drizzle over the balsamic glaze and finish the pizza with the cracked black pepper. Serve and enjoy the pizza straight away!
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