We have this thing with pizza. As in we have it once a week, at least. It’s nice to know (especially for the little people) that they are guaranteed to have one meal they will like each week. But between you and me the traditional tomato sauce pizza with cheese and one or two other topping pizza gets old. Fast. And thus began the search of pizza variations. I worried a bit about this particular variety since I have a spinach hater, but I decided the slightly salty white sauce would prevent her from noticing the pizza. Guess what? She thought she was eating basil, (Which makes me wonder about her taste buds) but at least it didn’t result in her sitting at the table all night. Oh and we make our own pizza dough too! It’s fast (no waiting an hour for the dough to rise) and delicious and tastes sooo much better than store bought.
1 package (6-1/2 ounces) pizza crust mix
1/4 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 ground pepper
2 cups (8 ounces) cheese blend (I used a combination of Parmesan, Monterey and Cheddar)
1 diced onion, sauted
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
To make your white sauce melt butter in a small pot. Add garlic, and pepper stirring until fragrant. Add cream and cheese and continue stirring until cheese has melted and sauce has thickened slightly. (You want it a pourable consistency like molasses.)
Meanwhile, place spinach and onions on prepared pizza dough. When sauce is done spread over spinach to within 1 in. of dough edges.
Bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
Fast and Easy Pizza Dough
3 cups flour, more or less
1 tablespoon honey, heaping
1 tablespoon oil, heaping
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 teaspoon garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. (If using a pizza stone, let stone heat for at least 30 minutes in the oven before baking pizza.) Mix all pizza dough ingredients together, except the flour. Add flour and knead for a bit then put into pan (or use a pizza peel and pizza stone). If baking in a sheet pan, bake for about 12 minutes (checking often) until crust is browned and cheese is golden and bubbly. If baking on the preheated pizza stone, slide pizza onto stone and bake for about 8 minutes. Makes 1 large pizza.