Monday, October 24, 2011

Meatless Monday--Spinoccoli Pizza

I love to try new pizza recipes.  As far as I'm concerned, a pizza crust is just a vehicle for whatever toppings you can imagine. 

Annie feels pretty much the same way, I think.  She has many wonderful and creative pizza combinations on her blog, but this one caught my eye long ago.  For some reason I didn't make it until recently and boy am I sorry about that.  This combination of spinach, broccoli, and an alfredo-type sauce is inspired by a place called Mother Bear's Pizza in her home and college town of Bloomington, Indiana.

spinoccoli pizza

After finally making this, I definitely see why Annie likes it so much.  Broccoli and cheese is a delicious classic combination, but when used as a pizza topping, it's an out of this world combination.  Even though I've never been to Mother Bear's or even Indiana, I am now just as sold on this pizza as Annie and her husband are.  I bet you'll love it just as much as we all do. 

broccoli spinach pizza

Spinoccoli Pizza

for the white sauce:
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP flour
¾ c. heavy cream or half-and-half
1 clove garlic, smashed
salt and pepper, to taste
6 TBSP freshly-grated Parmesan cheese

for the pizza:
1/2 recipe basic pizza dough
olive oil, for brushing
½ c. packed baby spinach leaves, torn
1 c. very small broccoli florets
2 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
grated Parmesan

1.  To make the white sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, until bubbling and light golden, about 1 minute.  Whisk in the heavy cream and garlic, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and bubbles.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the grated Parmesan until completely melted and smooth.  Discard the garlic clove.  (Annie's note: This will make a bit more sauce than you need for the pizza, but with a little extra cheese it makes a great dipping sauce for crust.)

2.  To make the pizza, preheat the oven and a pizza stone at 500˚ F for at least 30 minutes.  Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round.  Lightly brush the outside edge with olive oil.

3.  Spread a thin layer of the white sauce over the crust, leaving a border for the crust.  Sprinkle the spinach over the white sauce.  Evenly distribute the broccoli florets over the dough.  Layer with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.  Finish with additional grated Parmesan, if desired.

4.  Transfer the pizza to the preheated pizza stone and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, 10-12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool 3-5 minutes before slicing and serving.

one year ago: Slow cooker squash stew, another meatless (and easily vegan) meal.
two years ago: pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon-bourbon frosting


That Girl said...

I don't know that I've ever had broccoli on a pizza!

Cate said...

I made broccoli cheddar pizza a few weeks ago but this looks much better than my simple version. It will definitely be going on the list for Pizza Friday!