Tuesday, April 3, 2012

spinach artichoke pizza


Since Steven and I both love spinach and artichoke dip so much, I was trying to think of other ways to use the ingredients. We already use a lot of spinach, but we're just starting to use more artichokes. Well, pizza was the first thing I thought of. Just put the dip on top of some crust, wah-la!

Okay, no... I didn't just dump the dip bowl onto my pizza dough. I modified it. Made it a little bit healthier, but tasty all the same. Super tasty.

{before baking}

{after baking}


spinach artichoke pizza
2/3 cup ricotta cheese
2 Tbsp italian seasoning
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup artichokes {I used some from a jar}
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
pizza crust {I bought my dough...}

In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta, italian seasoning, olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Feel free to taste it and adjust seasoning to your preference. Using a spoon, spread the cheese mixture onto the uncooked pizza dough, just like you would pizza sauce. Add a layer of fresh spinach. Then add the artichokes. I used my fingers to break them apart so there would be a little artichoke in every bite. Then put the remaining ricotta on the top. I used my spoon to put little dollops all over the pizza. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and bake. 

I baked mine on a pizza stone, following the directions on the box. My oven was set to 450* and the pizza baked for about 12 to 15 minutes {after I pre-heated my stone for 15 minutes}. If you have a pizza stone, make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions. A baking sheet lined with parchment paper would be fine - don't be afraid to turn it over if your pan has raised edges.

Since this was our first go at making pizza at home, I bought some dough at a local pizza place {Shakespeare's for the CoMo-ians}. It cost me $2.15. Call around to local joints and see if they offer the same deal. It definitely saved time, it took 30 minutes to make, bake & plate. :)

It was oh, so good. I think this one will be added into our meal rotation. Maybe next time we can attempt our own pizza dough. Maybe...

xoxo, christa

6 comments:

  1. I love making pizza at home, it's always so much better than ordering out!

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    1. I agree! I can't wait till it's a little warmer and we can try grilling our pizza!

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  2. That looks so so yummy! Makes me miss cheese, just a bit. :) We also love spinach and artichokes. I bet we could make a cheeseless version! I will have to give it a try.

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    1. I'm sure you could make a cheese-less version! I might personally use a little less ricotta next time... I want to taste the spinach and artichokes more. :)

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  3. Smart to use Shakespeare's dough! I've been making pizza dough using Fleischman's Pizza Dough yeast and it is REALLY FAST! Still can't get the husband to help with the kneading, though. LOL!

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