Saturday, February 11, 2012

Spinach Pizza Dough

Someone had reposted this recipe over on Tumblr awhile ago.  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make it (and follow the blog that posted it). The original recipe is posted on Dollar Friendly Meals - they have a lot of good looking recipes, but this is the first one I've tried.  I tweaked the recipe a little bit and it turned out great.  It was quite a hit with the family - Redmond even took 2 bites (the kid hasn't eaten anything other than yogurt, PB&J, eggs and fruit for the past 2 weeks)!

Spinach Pizza Dough
4-6 Servings
1/2 cup warm water + 1/4-1/2 cup more
1 packet Active Dry yeast
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp sugar or honey
2 tbsp olive oil
1 10oz package chopped frozen spinach, thawed
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour + more for kneading
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano

1.  Preheat oven to 450° and place a pizza stone in the oven (a cookie sheet/pizza pan will work too).  In a large bowl, dissolve yeast, salt and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water - let sit for 5-10 minutes.  Place the thawed spinach in a colander or seive and, using the back of a spoon, push any excess liquid out of the spinach.  Add the spinach and olive oil to the yeast and stir to combine.  In another bowl, whisk together the flours, basil and oregano. 

2.  Add the flour mixture to the spinach and stir (I like using a wooden spoon), adding additional warm water if needed.  Once the dough has come together, plop it down on a floured surface, spray the inside of the bowl with cooking spray and knead until you have a stretchy, pliable dough.  Place the dough into the greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, place the bowl on top of the oven and allow to rise for 1-2 hours. 

3.  Once the dough has risen, you can either make one large pizza or personal pizzas.  Also, you can roll out the dough or, just do what I did, and shape them by hand and place on the hot pizza stone.  Obviously, I'm not that skilled in the pizza-shaping department :)
4.  Top your pizza(s) with whatever you desire and bake for 10-20 minutes (depending on how big your pizza is).  Let cool (if you can!) and enjoy!

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