Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Garliky Spinach Pizza

   Homemade pizza is one of my ultimate comfort foods.  The whole process is enjoyable: making and kneading the dough, gathering and prepping toppings, [im]patiently waiting for it to bake to gooey, crispy perfection.  This past month I found myself craving pizza constantly.  I didn't give in, but I wanted it so bad.

   This is one of the pizzas I made in NC right before I moved.  It uses creamed spinach as the sauce.  Oh, yeah.  But it is not that gloopy, fatty, runny greenish stuff of the frozen food aisle.  It is actually a healthier version of the steakhouse side classic.  Still creamy and cheesy but without the guilt of a traditional creamed spinach. 
Garliky Spinach Pizza
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1/3 C shredded mozzarella
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 lrg cloves roasted garlic, mashed
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
3 oz light cream cheese
2 Tbsp half & half or cream
1/4 C parmesan
salt and pepper
extra virgin olive oil
corn meal

   Partially squeeze water out of spinach.  Heat a little oil over medium heat, quickly saute raw garlic for about 30 sec.  Add spinach and roasted garlic.  Heat spinach through.  Melt in cream cheese.  Add half & half.  Melt in parmesan.  Cool.
   Spread dough onto a 13x9 sheet pan sprinkled with corn meal.  (Or into a 12 inch circle.)  Pre-bake at 450 deg F for 5-7 minutes, until bottom is lightly golden.
   Spread spinach evenly over crust.  Sprinkle cheeses over top.  Bake at 450 deg F for another 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is browned and crispy.
   Serves 4-6

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this sounds sooooo good!

    xoxo ~ Courtney


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