If you like spinach, you will love this pizza. It is so simple, but so delicious. I first had this about 20 years ago at a pizza place in my hometown that went out of business. I tried to find it at every other pizza place that I went to, but no one had it. I finally had to make it myself.
2 Boxes (10 oz) Frozen Spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves
1 Prepared Pizza Dough
1 Pint Ricotta
Preheat oven to 450º.
Spinach – In a small saucepan on medium heat, add the olive oil and garlic. When the garlic is beginning to brown, add the spinach. Season with salt. Simmer on low for 20 minutes.
There are two ways that I like to cook pizza at home. I have used both and they are equally good.
Stretch the dough into a 9-inch round pizza pan or a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with oregano or Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown.
Remove the golden crust from the oven. Drain the warm spinach, reserving the olive oil. Place the spinach on the pizza crust. Top the spinach with dollops of ricotta. Drizzle the olive oil from the spinach on top. Bake until cheese melts and starts to bubble up.
Place a pizza stone or an inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack. Let the oven heat up to 450º – 500º.
Lightly flour a pizza peel. If you don’t have a pizza peel a piece of parchment paper will work just fine.
Drain the warm spinach, reserving the olive oil. Place the spinach on the pizza dough. Top the spinach with dollops of ricotta. Drizzle the olive oil from the spinach on top.
Using the peel, slide the pizza off the peel and onto the heated pizza stone or baking sheet. If you are using the parchment paper, put the pizza with the parchment paper on the stone or baking sheet. Bake until the crust is golden brown.