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
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.