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Pizza Friday (White Spinach “Za”)

Happy Friday everyone!  The weekend has finally arrived.  In my family growing up Friday was pizza night for the most part.  I love pizza!! It definitely ranks up there with my love for tacos.  I thought I’d share my love of pizza with all of you with my favorite pizza I make at home.

My favorite is white spinach pizza.  I like light sauce on my pizzas so I decided with this one I’d remove the sauce all together and just put a little olive oil on the crust.  Check the recipe out!

White Spinach Pizza

Ingredients:
1 pizza dough (homemade or store bought)
10-12 oz baby spinach, chopped fine
8 oz Italian cheese blend, shredded
3-4 oz fresh mozzarella, diced
1 shallot, chopped small
2 T olive oil
1/2 T Italian Seasoning
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T onion powder
Sprinkle: salt and pepper
4-5 T flour

Directions: Let dough rise 3-4 hours.  I place mine in a bowl with olive oil and cover with a towel.  Once dough is ready, preheat oven to 450°.  Add flour to a smooth service and roll out the dough to your desired thickness.  If you want it thin, just keep rolling the dough with a rolling pin.  Remember the rough will rise in the oven.

Spray baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.  Place the dough on the baking sheet and use a fork and poke several holes along the dough.  This will keep the crust from bubbling up.  Bake the dough in the oven for 8 minutes until bottom of crust starts to turn slightly brown.  While the dough is partially baking, in a bowl add the chopped spinach, shallot, shredded cheese (minus the fresh mozzarella), seasoning and drizzle with the oil.  Mix well.  It should almost look like a spinach and cheese salad.

Once crust is partially baked remove from the oven and brush 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil over the dough.  Top spinach mixture evenly over the crust.  Scatter the fresh mozzarella over the top of the spinach mixture.  Return the pizza to the oven and bake another 10-12 minutes until crust is crispy and cheese is completely melted and slightly starting to brown. Remove from the oven and let sit 2-3 minutes before cutting.  Enjoy!

Notes: Check with your local Italian bakery or pizzeria to see if they have pizza dough you can buy.  I have one near me that sells the dough for less than $2.  Buy a few and place in the freezer. Just let the dough thaw and come to room temperature before you add to a bowl to let it rise.

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