Monday, October 31, 2011

Scary (Good) Pizza

Time for a pizza that is a little bit scary.  (For children at least.)  With anchovies, spinach, and onions this delight may frighten off the faint of stomach. 
(Ok, that was my pathetic attempt at linking this to Halloween.  It really is a good pizza.  If you don't like anchovies leave them off and you still have a fantastic cheesy veggie creation.)

Anchovy Garden Pizza
Pizza Dough (and cornmeal)
1 1/2 C roughly chopped fresh spinach
1 C crushed tomatoes (w/ 1/2 tsp each of minced garlic, basil and oregano)
1/2 of a large onion, thinly sliced
2 tsp bacon fat or oil
1/3 C thinly sliced roasted red bell pepper (jarred is perfect)
6 oz sliced fresh mozzarella
6-8 anchovy fillets, rinsed and chopped

   Form dough into a 12 inch circle or 13 x 9 rectangle on baking sheet (or pizza pan) sprinkled with corn meal.  Pre-bake at 450 deg F on bottom rack for 5-7 minutes until bottom is lightly golden.  Turn oven down to 400 deg F after crust has pre baked
   Caramelize onion in bacon fat (or oil) over med/med-low heat.  Stir frequently to prevent burning.
   Spread tomatoes onto crust.  Top with spinach, then cheese, and finally peppers, onions, and anchovies.
   Bake at 400 deg F for 10-12 minutes on middle rack until cheese is melty and starting to brown.
   Serves 4

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