Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stuffed Pizza


It's no secret that I love pizza, and that I've become fond of cooking it at home.  Although it seems that this pizza is bad for you, and of course it is, with so much dough to it, it's at least a little bit better for you with the addition of so many veggies.

I've made this once before, following Lauren's suggestion to use tomatoes, and this time, I made it with roasted red peppers instead.  I'm generally not a roasted red pepper fan, though they are slowly growing on me and I'm starting to enjoy them in certain combinations.

This came out very good; everyone enjoyed it, including my 10 month old son. I served it with marinara sauce on the side so it was actually very similar to a calzone. 

This was a really tasty meal, somewhere in between healthful and not so healthful, but something we'll be making again!

Ricotta Stuffed Spinach and Broccoli Pizza Pie

Picky Palate, via Lauren's Kitchen

16 oz whole wheat or white pizza dough
1 Cup ricotta cheese
¼ Cup grated parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 Cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped
2 Cups fresh broccoli florets, steamed until fork tender, about 3 minutes in boiling water
Pinch of salt
½ Cup Roasted red bell peppers, from can or fresh
1 ½ Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces. Spread and press one piece of dough into the bottom and sides of a 9-9 ½ inch round cake or tart pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. (I used a 9 ½ inch deep quiche pan with a removable bottom that worked perfectly) In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta and parmesan cheese until well combined. Spread into pressed pizza dough.
2. Place olive oil into a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute spinach until wilted down, about 3 minutes. Place evenly over ricotta cheese layer. Place steamed broccoli florets over spinach and season with a pinch or two of kosher salt. Layer roasted red peppers, then mozzarella cheese over top. Press out remaining piece of dough and place over filling, tucking edges inside of pan. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cooked through.
3. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan or cutting into wedges.
8 slices

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