Hello and welcome to Pizza and a Movie! I have a special pizza this week, inspired by my favorite St. Louis pizzeria, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta. Katie does an asparagus and preserved lemon pizza that I love. So today I have a version of that pie using fresh lemons, ricotta, and fresh basil with asparagus and mozzarella. So, let’s get right to it, Asparagus Lemon Ricotta Pizza!
We don’t have a lot to prep with this pizza, just slicing the asparagus spears and slicing the lemons into very thin wheels. I absolutely love the fresh flavors of this pizza; the lemon is bright and punchy, toned down by the creamy ricotta. The asparagus keeps its snappy texture and the basil adds an herby sweetness. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and place the pizza stone on the lower middle rack.
I want this pizza to be a thin crust pie, so I will cook it on the pizza stone. Flour the pizza peel and the dough. Then with one hand cupped around the dough’s edge, use the finger tips of your other hand to press an indentation all the way around the dough to make the crust. Then, flatten the center. You can stretch the dough out on the backs of your hands, or you can gently pull the edges out from the center, around the whole pie to get 12″ round of dough. Be sure to sprinkle more flour on the peel before adding the toppings.
Bake the pizza for 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden. This pie will be pretty wet, so when it comes out of the oven gently mop the wet areas with paper towels. Brush olive oil on the crust and drizzle a little olive oil over the center of the pie.
Top with some fresh cracked black pepper and grated Parmesan, slice it up! We have our pizza ready, so let’s cue up the movie!
Movie Night: Minari
Minari is about a family who moves from California to Arkansas so the father, Jacob can pursue his dream of starting a farm. This movie is about a family and their struggle to start a business and live the American Dream. The specific dream of running a farm though, belongs to Jacob alone and this causes friction in the family. The farm nearly breaks them, only to bring them together.
This is a great movie! Touching and heartfelt. It has some really funny moments, mostly between the Grandma, Soon-ja (played by Youn Yuh-jung) and the young boy, David (played by Alan Kim). I feel like this film really captures a relatable family dynamic; it’s beautifully written, acted and filmed.
Well, thank you all for joining me today for Pizza and a Movie, I hope you make this Asparagus Lemon Ricotta Pizza and definitely give Minari a watch! Take care and be well, friends. xo Kelly
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Asparagus Lemon Ricotta Pizza
Bright and fresh, this pizza has gorgeous color and rich flavor. The lemons and ricotta balance each other so well, and the asparagus keeps its snap while basil brings some herby sweetness.
- 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
- 1/2 cup Fresh Mozzarella Pearls, each pearl broken in half
- Several Large Basil Leaves
- 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
- 1/2 Lemon, sliced in thin wheels
- 3/4 cup Sliced Asparagus
- Olive Oil, for brushing baked crust
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, for garnish
- Grated Parmesan, for garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Stretch or roll out dough to a roughly 12" circle
Add mozzarella pearls, then basil leaves, ricotta, lemon wheels and asparagus.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden.
Transfer to a cutting board and mop any wet areas with paper towels.
Brush olive oil on the crust and top with black pepper and grated Parmesan.
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