Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Asparagus Pesto

  • Yield 8 servings


1 pound grilled asparagus
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, plus chopped for garnish
2 -- garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons pine nuts
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
-- Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano
1 pound fontina cheese, thinly sliced
1 large prepared pizza shell


  1. Heat grill to high .
  2. Combine the asparagus, basil, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse a few times to coarsely chop. With the motor running, slowly add the oil and process until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper and transfer the pesto to a bowl. Stir in the Pecorino Romano.
  3. Place pizza shell on the grill. Grill until slightly crisp, about 1 minute. Remove the shells and spread each with the pesto. Top with the fontina, return to the grill, close the cover and continue cooking until the cheese has melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the grill and sprinkle with the remaining Romano cheese and chopped fresh basil. Slice each flatbread into bite-sized pieces.



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