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White Bean Hummus and Asiago Pizza

White Bean Hummus and Asiago PizzaWhole wheat pizza crust topped with sautéed onions, asiago and feta cheeses, arugula dressed in balsamic vinegar, seasoned white bean hummus and shaved Parmesan.

Recipe Ingredients:

Pizza Dough:
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 (0.25-ounce) package active dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons
12/3 cups warm water (105°F to 115°F | 40°C to 45°C)
33/4 cups flour - divided use
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil

White Bean Hummus:
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves

Toppings:
2 tablespoons olive oil
7 cups thinly sliced onions, separated into rings
3/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 cups trimmed arugula
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup shaved fresh Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. For the pizza dough, dissolve the sugar and yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in the flours, salt, and oil to form a soft, wet dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes).
  2. Add enough of the remaining flour, one tablespoon at a time, to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. Place the dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat the top. Cover the dough, and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  3. Punch the dough down, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions; roll each portion of dough into a 7-inch circle.
  4. Place the pizza crusts on preheated pizza stones or large baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Top and bake according to the recipe directions.
  5. For the hummus, place all of the ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth.
  6. For the toppings and assembly, preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C).
  7. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions; cover and cook 10 minutes or until deep golden, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  8. Top each prepared crust with 1/2 cup of the onions. Sprinkle with the Asiago and feta cheeses. Bake for 8 minutes or until the crusts are crisp.
  9. While the pizza is cooking, combine the arugula and the vinegar in a medium bowl. Remove the pizza from the oven; drizzle each with 2 tablespoons of the hummus. Top each pizza with the arugula mixture and the Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Makes 6 individual pizzas.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.