Dandelion and Asiago Pizza
1 large uncooked pizza crust
1/3 cup spaghetti sauce
3/4 cup sautéed ground sausage, optional
12 medium to large dandelion leaves, washed, patted dry and finely snipped
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1 to 1 1/4 cups asiago cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread spaghetti sauce evenly over pizza crust. Sprinkle snipped dandelion leaves and sausage over pizza, then both cheeses. Place in oven and bake 10-12 minutes.
*Always make sure you have properly identified any wild plants you pick. While dandelion is easy to identify and apparently its major look-alikes are types of wild lettuce and not harmful to consume, it is very important to be sure you know what you are eating.
*Do not pick plants where there is a possibility chemical sprays have been used or where there might be contamination from lead paint or other toxins.
*In my opinion, pizza always tastes best with a homemade crust. Here is my favorite recipe:
Combine in large bowl and let stand until yeast is dissolved:
1 pkg. (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoons sugar or honey
3 to 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Mix all ingredients, adding just enough flour to form a dough that is moist but not sticky. Turn out onto floured surface and knead about 10 minutes. Place in oiled bowl, cover and let rise about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease large pizza pan or baking sheet. Flatten dough into a circle and roll it out with a rolling pin, gently stretching it as you go. Place on prepared pan and roll the edges over for the crust. Allow to rest 10-15 minutes. Top with your favorite toppings and bake for 10-15 minutes.