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Saturday
Jun092012

Spinach-Artichoke Pizza

Spin art pizza

Wow, it's been almost a week since my last post. I didn't forget about you guys! I've been busy with planning events during the last full week of school I also spent some time in the kitchen whipping up some desserts; one for a special lunch honoring a friend of mine who will be retiring at the end of the school year, and one large batch of elephant cut out cookies, which were wrapped up in bags for my sister-in-law's baby shower this afternoon (and a box was given to my next door neighbors who just had a sweet baby boy!). With all that craziness, I welcomed this very quick, and delicious, pizza that I found on Cate's World Kitchen. I love spinach-artichoke dip, and I love pizza, so how could I not love a pizza topped with spinach-artichoke dip?! Amazing!

1 (14 ounce) can Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped
1 1/2 cups Fresh Spinach, chopped
4 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
1 Garlic Clove, minced
Salt and Pepper, to taste
2/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded/grated
Pinch of Red Pepper Flake (I added)
Pizza Dough (enough for 2 10" pizzas)

 Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with a pizza stone inside it. In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Add the garlic, spinach, and artichoke hearts and mix well. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, and red pepper flake, to taste. Shape the pizza dough into two 10: rounds. Spread the spinach-artichoke mixture evenly on each crust, then sprinkle evenly with parmesan cheese. Bake, one at a time, on the pizza stone until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. (*Alternatively, switch the oven to broil and cook the pizza, watching carefully, until it is bubbly and browned, about 4-5 minutes.)

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