So as you all know, this is not a food blog, and there is good reason for that. I am a terrible cook. For Christmas, my dad gave me a cookbook called, The Athlete’s Palate. There are so many amazing recipes in this book and I am very excited to try them all. I thought it would be fun to do a recipe series. Each time I make a recipe from the book I will post about it.
Since I was home on a snow day today, I had plenty of time to cook. I decided to make the Naan Pizza. In the book, each recipe is labeled for training or recovery. This recipe is labeled training.
Disclaimer: If the recipe comes out poorly it is most likely due to my poor cooking skills and is in no way a reflection of the authors of this book
Here we go, Recipe #1
Naan Pizza with Pesto, Canadian Bacon, Asparagus, and Fontina Cheese
Recipe adapted from The Athlete’s Palate
Makes 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 min, Cook Time: 15 min
2 (9′”) whole wheat naan (1-8 ounce package)
1/2 cup prepared pesto
10 asparagus spears (tough ends snapped off, cut into 1 1/2” lengths)
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste
3 slices Canadian bacon (cut into thing strips)
3/4 cup grated fontina cheese
Preheat oven to 425. Rack should be in the lower-middle of the oven. Place naan on baking sheet. Scoop pesto onto naan and spread around. Toss asparagus with oil, salt, and pepper. Spread spears of asparagus around naan, then add Canadian bacon strips. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until asparagus is bright green. Remove from oven and an even amount of cheese across each naan. Place back in the over and continue to back for about 5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Cut and serve.
Cut asparagus and Canadian bacon…
Put in oven for 10 minutes.
Top with cheese and place back in oven for 5 minutes.
So good. It even looks like the picture in the cookbook and it was so easy to make. I took a few liberties with the recipe and made some substitutions. The original recipe calls for ricotta cheese to be mixed with the pesto before being spread on the naan but I despise ricotta cheese- yes that includes ravioli and lasagna…I am a terrible Italian, but I still think it came out great!
If you try it, let me know what you think!
Question: How often do you cook? Do you follow recipes or just know what to do?
I try to cook at least 4-5 nights a week. I know how to make a few dishes really well but am attempting to expand my cooking skills. Any recipes you swear by? Send them my way please!