Asparagus and Mozzarella Naan Pizza
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You guys this asparagus and mozzarella naan pizza is probably one of my all time favorite Naan concoctions to date. That is a strong statement for me to make, but I 100% have to say it is a true fact. Okay okay so asparagus on pizza sounds gross! Yes, that is something I will agree with, but you cannot knock it until you try it. The way the asparagus is made compliments the combination of ingredients to perfection! Eric, my husband, is a stickler when it comes to his pizza. I didn't even bother asking him to try this recipe because I just assumed he'd say no when I listed the ingredients for him. This is something he always does. He asks me what is in the recipe and if he decides it doesn't sound appealing to him then he doesn't usually give it a chance.
So, I put the leftovers in the fridge when he wasn't home and did not even bother to let him know. When he came home later that night I was already in bed. He took it upon himself to ransack the fridge and he found my leftover Naan pizzas and ate a ton. Later, when he came to bed, he just had to wake me up to tell me how much he loved those Naan pizzas. He went on and on to continue complimenting them. Then, finally he asked the golden question, "How did you make them?"
How do you make Asparagus Mozzarella Naan Pizzas?
Preheat the broiler to 500°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss 12 ounces of thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces, onto a baking sheet with 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp. of kosher salt. Broil for 3 minutes. Place whole wheat Naan pizza breads on another baking sheet sprayed with coconut cooking spray. Place slices of reduced fat fresh mozzarella on top. Scatter the cooked asparagus on top of the mozzarella and season with 1 tsp. garlic powder, ½ tsp. kosher salt, 1 tbsp. chopped walnuts and 1 tsp. ground black pepper. Set oven to 400 ºF and cook for 10 to 12 minutes so until Naan bread is crispy on the bottom. It's like an asparagus pizza 🙂
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First of all, when I first decided to give Naan bread a try I couldn't find it anywhere. I live in Jersey and the closest supermarket to my house is Shop Rite. Let me just tell you that I went crazy going up and down every aisle trying to find this so called Naan bread. I searched in the bread aisle and found nothing. Next, I walked up and down by the healthy food and again found nothing. I had also found out that Naan bread is found in the cuisines mainly of West Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and the Caribbean. So, I figured it has to be down the aisle with all the ethnic foods from other countries.
Again, I was stumped! Finally, I decided to ask for help! Can I just tell you where they keep this fancy Naan bread? In the darn aisle next to the deli counter on it's own special stand. Who knew?! I can finally say I am an expert at where to find the Naan bread now. I have also linked it here to make your life easier. Thank goodness for Amazon 🙂 Click here for Naan bread. Now that I've become the Naan expert I have also perfected what to bake the Naan on. The pizza pans that come with the holes in them are my favorite to use. Especially for Naan because it doesn't stick to the pan. Usually I will spray the pan with coconut cooking oil, but here and there I've forgotten because I was in a rush and the pizza still didn't stick. They are also dishwasher safe, which makes clean up that much easier. Click here for the pizza pan with the holes in it.
Asparagus and Mozzarella Naan Pizza
- 4 pieces whole wheat naan bread
- 12 ounces thin asparagus trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp kosher salt divided evenly amongst each pizza and asparagus
- 2 cup reduced fat mozzarella sliced into pieces
- 4 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp ground black pepper
- coconut cooking spray
- Preheat broiler to 500 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss asparagus with 1 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tbsp. salt. Bake for 3 minutes.
- Place 4 pieces of Naan bread onto 2 other baking sheets sprayed with coconut cooking spray. Divide cheese evenly between the pizzas. Scatter the asparagus on top of each along with the walnuts. Season each with garlic powder, ground black pepper, and kosher salt.
- Set oven to 400 degrees F. and bake the pizzas for 10 to 12 minutes each.