I made this pie a few weeks ago and I am still remembering devouring this beauty! It has all the greats of spring; ramps, spring chard,morels, asparagus, spring chevre, kale flowers and Parmigiano Reggiano. In fact, I couldn’t get a good picture because I just dug right in, (above). Here’s how I made it.
Since it is my favorite time of year to take my kids foraging, we set out in the Ohio wilds and found some wild ramps and one small morel mushroom.
Luckily my Amish friends took me out to thier favorite places and this is what we found. Wicked!
So are we ready with all our stuff for a great pie? Heck yea! Preheat the oven to 485 degrees.
One dough ball from my Easy Dough recipe on this blog
One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Three ounces shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
Six or seven fresh ramps
Two or three leaves of spring swiss chard
One, four ounce ball of fresh chevre goat cheese
Six medium morel mushrooms
Four sprigs of asparagus
And a Handful of kale flowers
Cut the stems from the chard and peel the asparagus (if you wish).
Form the pizza disc then brush the extra virgin olive oil on the dough, place the parmigiano, leek, chard and goat cheese on top.
Place morels and asparagus on the pizza and slide the pie into the oven with a pizza peel or a cutting board
Cook for 12 to 14 minutes or until brown and cooked through. Place the Kale flowers on top. (I was so frenzied that I started gorging before I remembered them- above)
Look at that cornicione! Great pizzas lead to great memories.
The best paragraph I’ve ever read about spring goes like this:
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
Ernest Hemmingway from A Moveable Feast
With this pizza, I want to celebrate spring as innovatively as Ernie described spring without really describing spring. I am not going to be a limiter of happiness with this pie! It’s got the best of spring-aspargus and the best cured pork I’ve ever tasted called “Spallacia” which is from La Quercia in Iowa. It is a shoulder of pure-bred Berkshire pork that has been acorn-fed for months. I will probably make some mad by saying that this is better than any Prosciutto di Parma that I’ve used here in the States. I’ve also used the best Stanislaus Valorosso tomato filets from California, Parmigiano Reggiano and some excellent fresh mozzarella.
Take one, seven ounce dough ball from the Easy Dough Recipe on this blog and hold at room temperature to proof.
For the toppings:
(Following the picture from top left clockwise)
4 thin slices of fatty spallacia
2 tablespoons of grated Parmigiano Reggiano
5 asparagus spears
6 to 10 strands of mozzarella linguine
2 to 3 large stanislaus tomatoes pulled apart
5 ounces of fresh mozzarella
one bunch (5 leaves) fresh basil
sea salt and extra virgin olive oil to taste
Preheat oven to 500 or as close as you can get it.
Snap asparagus to fit a 12 inch pizza. Using a vegetable peeler, run it along the asparagus stalk to take the tough outer skin off. Coat asparagus with olive oil and either roast for seven minutes in a 450 degree oven. (I did this and overcooked them as you can see,) or sautee the asparagus for seven to 10 minutes. Cool and wrap with mozzarella linguine.
Grab a few pear tomatoes from the can and insert your finger into the center of the tomato. pull you finger down to seperate lengthwise letting the seeds and tomato juice flow out. Squeeze gently and set in colander to drain.
Make a pizza round, put on pizza screeen, then add the Parmesan, basil, tomato filets and mozzarella chunks. Bake in the oven until crisp and beyond golden (about 8 to 12 minutes.)
While still hot, add the spallacia and watch the magic of this fabuous meat depositing the delicious fatty gravy all over the cheese. This is truly an “Oh my…(insert god that you are comfortable with here) moment! Check the above…melting, melting, gone!
Add the asparagus and basil for garnish. Seriously, you don’t have to add olive oil or salt to this pie because the spallacia is enough heaven for one pizza!