Prepared pizza dough is easiest to work with when it’s at room temperature, so take it out of the fridge 20 to 30 minutes ahead. If you have a pizza stone, stretch or roll the dough out on parchment paper and slide the whole thing onto the stone. If the dough resists, let it rest for 5 minutes, then return and stretch again.
1 lb whole-grain pizza dough, room temperature (NOTE: Purchase an all-natural dough or check out our Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough.)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 oz Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated, divided
12 oz asparagus, trimmed, halved crosswise and thinly sliced lengthwise
3 oz whole-milk ricotta cheese
Zest of 1 lemon
Red pepper flakes, to taste
Preheat oven to 500˚F with rack in upper third of oven. Line an 18 x 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust a clean work surface with flour and roll out dough to an 18 x 13-inch rectangle; transfer to sheet.
In a small bowl, combine oil, garlic and oregano and brush over surface of dough. Sprinkle two-thirds of Romano over crust. Arrange asparagus in an even layer over top. Dollop with ricotta and sprinkle with lemon zest, pepper flakes and remaining one-third of Romano.
Bake in upper third of oven until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes.
Small, knobby fingerling potatoes have a thin, delicate skin, so there’s no need to peel them. If you can’t find fingerlings, substitute with baby potatoes instead. Be sure to remove the dough from the fridge about 30 minutes ahead; this makes it much easier to handle. Don’t worry if it seems like there’s a lot of radicchio; it shrivels as the pizza bakes.
Forget about buying pre made pizza pockets – you can actually make your own and keep them on hand in the freezer to pull out for a meal or even a satisfying snack. If you’re more of a pizza aficionado, you can use this same dough to make two thin-crust pizzas. Add your toppings and bake at 550°F for 9 to 11 minutes on a pizza stone.
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