Pizza with Smoked Salmon, Asparagus, Capers & Cream Cheese

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012

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INGREDIENTS

Preheat over to 450.  Always do this first.  I put my oven on midday – if I know I will be making pizza.  You want your oven at full temp before putting the pizza in.

1/3 Pizza Dough recipe (https://delightfuldeliciousdelovelyblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/pizza-dough-5/) or other dough of your choice.

3-4 TBS Tomato Sauce

1 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice

Several ounces (to your own taste) of Smoked Salmon.  It has a strong flavor – so you do not need to be heavy handed.

2 TBS Capers

6-8 Spears steamed asparagus (I steam them – wrapped in a wet paper towel – by zapping them in the microwave for a minute & a half.

6 Spears Asparagus chopped into 1/2 inch bits

3 TBS Chopped Chives

2 TBS Chopped Dill

1/4 Red Onion sliced thinly

1 Heirloom or other tomato diced

Lemon (just a squeeze over the finished product)

2 TBS Cream Cheese

DIRECTIONS

Preheat over to 450.  Always do this first.  I put my oven on midday – if I know I will be making pizza.  You want your oven at full temp before putting the pizza in.

Roll out your dough on a floured surface until it is just larger than the pan you are using.  Roll the extra edges over.

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Spread the tomato sauce over the dough in a thin layer.  Add ONE CUP of the shredded cheese – reserving 1/2 cup.

Distribute the salmon & capers & red onion & tomatoes.  Create a little fan in the center of the pizza with the asparagus spears & then sprinkle the chopped asparagus evenly.  Put tiny dollops of cream cheese sparingly in a pattern you choose atop the pizza.

Bake the pizza for about ten minutes – more or less depending on how thickly you topped the pizza & also on your oven’s calibration.  Eyeball it every five minutes until it looks ALMOST done to you.  The crust should be just browned & the toppings should not look burned at all.  Take it out & add the last 1/2 cup shredded cheese.  Return it to the over until it is done.

Take it from the oven & add a TBS or more of cream cheese in a large dollop in the center of the pizza.  Squeeze a small amount of lemon juice over the pizza, maybe targeting your smoked salmon bits especially.  Sprinkle the chopped chives & dill evenly over the entire pizza and – if you are feeling fancy – garnish the center cream cheese with some dill sprigs.  Voila!  Enjoy!

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012

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