01 March 2011

recipe: spelt pizza with kalamata olives, spinach, and sundried tomatoes


The other week I went through a pizza-craze-phase, like a "Me! Want! Pizza!" kind of thing. It doesn't happen very often, and I narrowly avoided indulging at Carmine's after exiting the subway when I remembered there was an awesome spelt sourdough pizza crust in the freezer already and I even had cheese. Then I started remembering I had things like spinach, olives, canned tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, and anchovies and hurried home.

So remember, at this point, I am the Pizza Monster. Hungry and defiant, I didn't bother to defrost the crust, I opened the can of crushed tomatoes, spread them on the frozen crust, sprinkled that with a little olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper, and snuck a few anchovies in there. The only thing I cut was a quick chop of the olives and sundried tomatoes.  Threw the rest of the toppings on there, stuck it in a 400º oven and let it do its thing for 30 minutes.

Quick Pizza Monster Recipe
The measurements are mostly estimated. Monsters don't measure.
1 12" pre-made spelt sourdough pizza crust
1/3 cup fire roasted crushed tomatoes mixed with 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, dash of red chili flakes, pinch of salt and pepper
4-5 anchovies (optional)
3/4-1 cup shredded mozzarrella
handful or two of baby spinach
1/3 cup ricotta
1/4 kalamata olives, roughly chopped
6-8 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 400º and prepare a baking sheet with a little olive oil (don't use parchment, or you may wind up with a soggy crust). Top the crust with the tomato mixture and anchovies, then add the mozzarella. Put the spinach on, weigh it down with a few spaced-out dollops of ricotta, then sprinkle on the olives and sundried tomatoes. Drizzle the whole thing with a little olive oil and sprinkle of parmesan if you like, and cook for 25-30 minutes in the oven until the cheese is nice and brown and the spinach is cooked down. Eat it and love it.

P.S. I didn't add much salt to anything here because the cheese, anchovies, olives, and sundried tomatoes brought quite enough on their own. If you are omitting the anchovies or your sundried tomatoes don't have salt added, sprinkle a bit of salt on the top of the pizza before baking.

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