ASPARAGUS, PANCETTA & PESTO PIZZA

ASPARAGUS, PANCETTA & PESTO PIZZA

YIELDS: 8 Servings PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 25 mins TOTAL TIME: 35 mins
Pizza Dough
1 Caputo Gluten Free Flour (1 kilo / 1 bag)
3 ⅓ cups cold water
5 tsp salt
5 tsp olive oil
2 ¼ tsp Rapid Rise instant yeast (1/4 oz packet)
Toppings
1 lb asparagus, shaved
⅓ cup shelled edamame (thawed, if using frozen)
2 oz thinly sliced pancetta
⅓ cup pesto sauce (recipe below)
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
Pesto Sauce
1 bunch fresh basil (about 2 1/2 cups)
¼ cup pine nuts
⅓ cup grated parmesan
⅔ cup olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp kosher salt
Tools 
Cutting board 
Knife
Stand mixer 
Baking sheet 
Pizza stone 
  1. Start by preparing the dough: Mix yeast and water together in the bowl of a stand mixer affixed with the dough hook attachment. (Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer with dough hook attachments.)
  2. Add flour to the mixer and mix on low for about 1 minute.
  3. Once combined, increase speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the side of the bowl.
  4. Add salt and mix on low for 1 minute then increase speed to high and mix for 2 minutes.
  5. Stop mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the olive oil.
  6. Mix on low for 1 minute then increase speed to high for 2 minutes.
  7. Final product will be tacky/sticky, like frosting. 
  8. Cut into 4 equal size (400 grams) balls and wrap in plastic wrap. (Oil your hands when handling the dough, it helps the dough not stick.)
  9. Refrigerate for 8-24 hours, to let the dough form.
  10. To prepare the pizza, preheat oven to 415°F.
  11. For the pesto, combine the basil, pine nuts, parmesan, lemon juice, garlic, and salt in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Slowly add the oil while blending until well combined. Set aside.
  12. Lay the pancetta slices on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until browned. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and chop.
  13. Dust a large baking sheet or pizza stone with cornmeal or flour. Shape the pizza dough into a large circle, place on the prepared stone, and bake for 5-7 minutes.
  14. Remove the crust from the oven and evenly spread about 1/3 cup of the pesto over it. Top with the mozzarella cheese, shaved asparagus, edamame, and pancetta. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden.
  15. Remove from the oven and let stand for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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