Thursday, November 3, 2011

Like a Big Pizza Pie

        That's amore...
        Pizza. While dessert is often incredibly hard to pass up for most people (deep down, we all know we should), there are still delicious savory foods that succeed in having the same effect on us. For me, one of these foods is pizza. Particularly homemade pizza. Even more particularly, my Mom's homemade pizza. Pair that with a from-scratch pizza dough made with love, and you've earned my heart.
        During the summer I went to Italy with my family -- an experience I had anticipated for years. Italy was too beautiful to be described in words and every meal was incredible. By the end of the trip, I thought I had eaten enough pizza (plus gelato every day) to last me a lifetime. As it turns out, I didn't, because here I am again in the same position… eating pizza.
Spinach Goat Cheese Pizza
        This is not the first time I've eaten this pizza. It became a family favorite the moment we took our first bites, and the spinach and goat cheese combination was one we had never tried before. Originally, my wonderful mother created the topping impromptu and without a recipe, but it turned out so delicious that it needed a place as one of our staple meals. Now, I have recreated it perfectly and recorded the recipe.
        I'm a thick crust gal. The great thing about making your own food is the option of making it exactly the way you like it. I used my favorite pizza dough recipe, which yields a nice, thick crust. The spinach is sautéed with a bit of olive oil and garlic before topping the pizza, and the goat cheese adds a great tang to the flavor.
        Is it possible to get tired of pizza? 
        I don't think it's possible. This is pizza we're talking about.


Spinach Goat Cheese Pizza
(Yield: 1 large pizza | 10 to 12 servings)

Ingredients
Pizza Dough: (adapted from Allrecipes)
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Spinach-Goat Cheese Topping:
8 cups fresh spinach, packed, cleaned and stems removed
1/2 small onion, chopped
A few pinches of salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 large pizza dough, homemade (above) or store-bought

Directions
For the Pizza Dough:
  1. Dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in a large bowl; let sit for 10 minutes. Stir in the salt and oil. Add 3 cups of flour.
  2. On a clean, well-floured surface, turn out the dough and knead in more flour until dough is no longer sticky. If the dough is too wet, add more flour. If the dough is too dry, add a small amount of water.
  3. Place the dough in a well-oiled boil, cover, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Meanwhile, prepare the topping.
For the Spinach-Goat Cheese Topping:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Fill a heavy saucepan with water until about three-quarters full; bring to a boil and add the salt. Add the fresh spinach and boil until the spinach turns a bright green. Remove from heat and drain spinach.
  2. In a frying pan over medium heat, sautée the garlic in the oil for about 1 minute but not until browned. Increase the heat to high and add the spinach, cooking until all the spinach has wilted. Remove from heat.
  3. Punch down the pizza dough to form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for 1 minute. Roll out the dough to fit a large pizza pan, and place the dough in the pan.
  4. Top the dough with the spinach and spread it evenly. Add chopped onion and crumbled goat cheese.
  5. Bake the pizza in the preheated oven until the crust is golden, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Related Stories Widget by LinkWithin

33 comments:

  1. Great pizza! The spinach and goat cheese look awesome! And yeah, it's impossible to get tired of pizza, you just can't!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Delicious! Spinach and goat cheese is a perfect combination! 

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh my, that looks wonderful! I like that there is not white sauce involved, and it looks so vibrant, too. I can only imagine how flavorful this dish is :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love how much topping you've packed on there.  My husband would adore you for this pizza!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.November 4, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    I could eat pizza every day if you let me. It's so versatile! Love this one! Mmmmm, goat cheese....

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow looking pizza...love the spinach and goat cheese in there. 

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh wow, this looks good. I am so obsessed with pizza, and this is making me drool. I love that you saute the spinach in olive oil and garlic instead of just plopping it on the pizza plain. looks delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is one exceptional pizza. I am in awe. 

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love this post!  I love Italy and I love pizza!  Pizza is the perfect canvas for experimenting with new flavors and goat cheese with spinach is definitely one of my faves.  Also, like to add roasted red peppers and kalamata olives to this pizza, which I guess maybe makes it more greek.  But super delicious!  Thanks for sharing, your photos are beautiful and I am curious to try this thick crust recipe, because I too am a thick crust kinda gal!

    ReplyDelete
  10. It's true, a pizza leaves plenty of room for experiment. I adore roasted red peppers as a pizza topping but I've never thought to add kalamata olives -- great idea! I'll remember to try that for myself sometime!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ruth REYNOSO-SANCENovember 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Very yummy!! That pizza looks amazing :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Ooh. Look at this pizza! Spinach and goat cheese sounds perfect! 

    ReplyDelete
  13. Although I'm not vegetarian, I am not into peperoni or sausage pizza and I really like simple pizza like this.  I actually love your pizza.  Looks so delicious!  Your zoom-in pictures are killing me. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  14. That's amore indeed... Sighs over pizza even though she is vegetarian and has an enormous sweet tooth

    ReplyDelete
  15. Made this last night with some whole wheat pizza dough I made nights before. Simple and delicious recipe. Since my smaller pizza looked a bit bare with just the cheese, onions, and spinach (didn't remove the stems as I didn't think it necessary) I added the left over spinach sauce from Giada's penne recipe (since the sauce also has goat cheese, spinach and garlic in it  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/penne-with-spinach-sauce-recipe/index.html).  The pizza was a pretty collage of bright green from the sauce, dark green from the spinach, white from the cheese and translucent from the onions and when it came out of the oven the spinach was soft and silky. A good pairing with the crumbly cheese. Thanks for the recipe! 

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and it sounds like the sauce you used was a great addition. Thanks for letting me know!

    ReplyDelete

  17. Pizza Equipment

    I need Pizza Equipment for Apple Pizza. any one can help me?

    ReplyDelete
  18. Superior consider Jose. Request a number of your
    friends exactly who really like gizmos. I’m certain they're able to enable.
    Here is my page ; Instant Car Insurance Quote

    ReplyDelete
  19. The Firefox updated tab pops up everytime i start firefox.
    What do i do to stop it?

    Check out my blog ... paginasamarillas-atl.com
    My site > vaginal mesh lawsuits

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi there to every one, for the reason that I am actually eager of reading this website's post to be updated regularly. It contains fastidious stuff.

    Here is my webpage - Root Canal

    ReplyDelete
  21. naturally like your website however you need to
    check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues
    and I in finding it very bothersome to tell
    the truth nevertheless I'll definitely come back again.

    Also visit my website :: cheap dental implants

    ReplyDelete
  22. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    You definitely know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence
    on just posting videos to your site when you could
    be giving us something enlightening to read?


    Take a look at my website :: http://dentistshealthhn9.bravesites.com/

    ReplyDelete
  23. If the goal for your music is charting you will need to make sure that all of the radio stations you submit
    to, report to the same charts. Blaze Of Glory - 1990 - From Jon's solo album "Young Guns II", this single got Jon a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. Poor Little Fool - 1958 Although Rick's first #1 single, he reportedly loathed the song so much, he refused to
    perform it on his family's television show.

    Also visit my page :: Free Download Top 20 Music

    ReplyDelete
  24. The world of music is diverse: from acoustic to electronic genres, from instrumental to purely vocal tracks.
    In 2009 Deadmau5 was nominated for a Grammy for his remix of the track "The Longest Road" by Morgan Page
    featuring Lissie in the category of "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical"In 2010 he won
    a Juno Award in the category of Dance Recording of the Year for the album
    "For Lack of a Better Name". Music situation serves as a "vocation sponsor" for outside the box musical performers.



    my web page ... random access memories daft punk free download rar

    ReplyDelete
  25. I have read so many posts concerning the blogger lovers except this post is genuinely a
    nice article, keep it up.

    Here is my web site - Email templates Free

    ReplyDelete
  26. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me
    out much. I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.


    my weblog :: email templates in outlook 2010

    ReplyDelete
  27. Great items from you, man. I've take note your stuff previous to and you're just too magnificent.
    I really like what you have received right here, certainly
    like what you are stating and the best way through which you are saying it.

    You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it wise.
    I can't wait to learn far more from you. This is actually a terrific web site.

    Check out my web-site: html email templates

    ReplyDelete
  28. , Is Muscle Maximizer a sham or does it sincerely work. These days there
    are virtually 1000's of guys and females who are seeking to create muscle mass and strip off body body fat in purchase to transform the way their bodies' glimpse and really feel.

    this program developer, Kyle Leon, is a well-known personal trainer and nutrition expert in recent years
    and is regarded as one of the most respected coaches in the world when it comes to building muscle mass naturally.


    Also visit my web blog - Somanabolic Muscle Maximizer Review

    ReplyDelete
  29. I'd like to thank you for the efforts you've put in writing
    this website. I'm hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own blog now ;)

    Also visit my blog post - garage organization :: ::

    ReplyDelete
  30. Its like you read my mind! You seem to understand so much about this,
    like you wrote the ebook in it or something. I feel that you
    could do with some % to force the message house a little bit, but instead of that, that is excellent blog.
    A great read. I will certainly be back.

    My web site; Business email templates

    ReplyDelete
  31. Great blog here! Also your website so much up
    fast! What web host are you using? Can I am getting your affiliate
    hyperlink on your host? I desire my site loaded up as
    quickly as yours lol

    Here is my website - evening

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hi to all, because I am really keen of reading this website's post to be updated daily. It includes nice information.

    My homepage: Gmail Email Templates

    ReplyDelete

ShareThis