Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

We had a "Dinner for 8" here last week and I made homemade pizza. This was one of the four pizzas I made. It was very good.

Spinach Artichoke Pizza
Adapted from

Dough for one pizza Beth used this recipe
12 oz fresh spinach, divided
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp onion powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 c provolone cheese Beth used 8 oz deli sliced, chopped
2 c shredded mozzarella cheese  
½ c finely shredded parmesan cheese
1 15 oz can artichoke hearts, drained well and quartered
Red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Shape pizza dough to fit the pan you are using.(Beth used a 17 in pan) Brush with olive oil and season crust lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Par bake the crust for 5 minutes.
In a large saucepan, heat remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add 3/4 of the spinach and saute just until wilted. Transfer to a layer of paper towels and gently press some of the excess liquid out. Finely chop spinach and set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, then while whisking add in flour and onion powder and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Then while whisking slowly stir in milk and increase temperature to medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and stir in minced garlic and sautéed, chopped spinach. Chop remaining fresh spinach (you should have about 1 1/2 cups chopped), set aside.
To assemble pizza, spread the spinach béchamel sauce (the white sauce) evenly over pizza crust, leaving the rim uncoated. Sprinkle chopped, fresh spinach over sauce followed by provolone, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and chopped artichokes.

Bake 10 - 13 minutes until crust is golden brown. Cut into slices and serve warm sprinkled with red pepper flakes to taste if desired.

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