Spinach, Oven-Dried Cherry Tomato and Feta Pizza
Use garlicky olive oil as the base instead of tomato sauce, sauteed spinach, sun-dried or home oven-dried tomatoes and feta cheese are tasty toppings.
|Whole wheat pizza dough:|
yeast, active dry
or half whole wheat, half white flour
|Garlicky olive oil:|
olive oil, extra-virgin
or other vegetable oil
or to taste, minced
freshly washed and coarsely chopped
oven-dried, or sun-dried tomatoes
To make the pizza dough:
Add yeast, sugar, and water in a measuring cup or a medium bowl. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
In a electrical mixer, add flour, olive oil, salt and actived yeast mixture and mix in low speed, 4 to 5 minutes, add more water if the dough seems too dry.
Until it forms into a soft dough and bowl is clean inside.
Coat the inside of the mixing bowl with cooking spray, and cover with a plastic wrap or a kitchen towel.
Set in a warm place and let the dough rise until doubles the volume, about 40 to 60 minutes.
Mix together crushed garlic and 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil in a small bow, and let sit.
Heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add garlic, sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in the spinach with bunches, cook until spinach is welted, 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and transfer into a colander, squeeze the excess water. Set aside.
Once the dough is doubled the volume, turn onto a lightly floured working surface or cutting board.
Preheat oven to 450 F degrees. If you have a pizza stone, put it in.
Punch the dough a few times, use a rolling roll to roll the dough into a 11-inch diameter circle.
Let stand for another 10 minutes.
Brush the dough with 2 tablespoons of the garlicky olive oil.
Spread the sauteed spinach evenly, arrange oven-dried cherry tomatoes and black olives over spinach.
Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top.
Bake on the pizza stone for about 10 minutes; if bake on the pizza tray, it takes a few minutes longer, 12 to 14 minutes until the edges are puffed.
Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of garlicky olive oil over the pizza, slice and serve warm.