Disclaimer: No pepperonis were harmed in the making of this pizza. :)j/k
Okay, but seriously, if you are looking for your basic peperoni and cheese pizza, you will not find it on this post. However, if your looking to knock the socks off your taste buds with amazing flavor, and blow your friends and family away with your rocking pizza making skills and your stylish presentation than look no further!
This three Cheese Ricotta, Spinach, and Garlic Pizza has it all.
On top of that, you can feel good inside, even after eating the whole thing by yourself, because its chalk full of healthy spinach, part-skim Ricotta cheese, and topped with fresh tomatoes. So even though this pizza doesn’t taste healthy, it is! Yeah Baby!
So as promised, here is my latest and greatest pizza! This pizza was probably one of the best looking pizza’s I have ever made, not to mention the fact that it was incredibly flavorful! I love the colors and textures. I felt like it was art pizza, and it was fun to make! Gourmet pizza at its finest!
Three Cheese Ricotta, Spinach, and Garlic Pizza
*This Pizza tastes great right out of the oven, or excellent as a leftover lunch!
*makes 1 pizza
1 portion of homemade Pizza Dough (see below for my recipe)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin Olive oil
3/4 Cup pizza sauce (life changing pizza sauce recipe here.)
2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan Cheese
1 1/2 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
1 teaspoon minced garlic (I like to use the pre-minced fresh garlic)
1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 big tomato or 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced.
Heat oven to 500 degrees. Coat 12-inch perforated pizza pan with cooking spray. Place dough on pan (spreading dough out to the edge of pan with fingers). Brush dough evenly with oil. Spread pizza sauce evenly over dough, leaving a 1/4 inch border. Sprinkle with Parmesan; top evenly with spinach and garlic (it might seem like a lot of spinach, but it will shrink while cooking). Sprinkle mozzarella over spinach. Spoon teaspoonfuls of Ricotta over mozzarella.Top evenly with tomato slices. Bake at 500 degrees for 12 minutes or until mozzarella melts and crust browns. Let stand for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
Recipe Source and Picture Source: recipe slightly adapted fromMyrecipes.com or click here.
Pizza Dough Recipe (makes enough dough for two pizza pies)
3-4 cups unbleached white flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1 1/4 cup warm water (if its too cold or too hot the yeast will not work)
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Honey
Soften yeast, honey, and salt in warm water for 10 minutes, or until yeast starts bubbling (for best results don’t skip this step!). knead for six minutes. Let rise in a warm place with a moistened towel over the top until it has doubled in volume. Punch down dough and cut in half. Place on pizza stone, pan, or dish. Use fingers to spread it out for desired length and thickness. Top with favorite toppings!
recipe source: Emily Mars