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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Asparagus-and-Potato Flatbread

 This amazing thing hails from my favorite oh-why-oh-why-did-they-discontinue-it?!! food magazine, Everyday Food.  Seriously, every time an issue would arrive, I would flip through, loving every page, and ripping over half of them out for my files. 

I made this flatbread a couple months ago with a dinner swap meal.  It could be a side dish, as I used it, or a summery main, in which case it probably serves more like 4.  It is very easy, but maybe not as easy as it claims.  Have you ever shaved asparagus with a vegetable peeler?  You get a couple shaves in, and it breaks.  A little frustrating, and a little wasteful.  But then you can kind of chop/peel the rest in bits, and throw them on.  Maybe you don't get all those beautiful ribbons Martha Stewart promises, but it still tastes the same, which is super duper awesome. 

You can use store bought or homemade pizza dough - because I was making so many, I used Trader Joe's dough, which is $1/lb.  Hard to beat.  The potatoes add a sweet-salty-starchy-ness that's really nice under the earthy asparagus and tangy chevre.  Next time, I would use less goat cheese.  The amount called for overpowered things for me.  I might cut it in half.  But if you love goat cheese, go for it. 
Asparagus-and-Potato Flatbread (print recipe)
Makes 2 flatbreads; 6 servings

All-purpose flour, for rolling
1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen, divided in half
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 bunch asparagus (1 pound), trimmed and shaved with a vegetable peeler
4 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled (1 cup)

1.  Preheat oven to 500 degrees, with racks in middle and lower thirds. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into two 6-by-16-inch ovals and transfer to two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets. Brush each with 1 tablespoon oil. In a medium bowl, toss potato with 2 teaspoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange potatoes on dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Bake until edges of crusts are golden and potatoes are beginning to crisp around edges, about 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.

2.  Meanwhile, toss asparagus with 2 teaspoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to 450 degrees, remove sheets from oven, and top flatbread with asparagus. Return sheets to oven and bake until asparagus is crisp-tender, 5 minutes. Top with cheese and bake until cheese is warmed through, 3 minutes. Drizzle each flatbread with 1 teaspoon oil, then cut into wedges to serve.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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