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spinach and artichoke pan pizza – smitten kitchen

This pizza dough is customized from a focaccia dough, and my favourite comes from Alexandra Stafford. I wrote about the focaccia in her first e-book in 2018. Guess what? Subsequent Tuesday, her second cookbook, Pizza Night time, comes out and it’s all about pizza — pizza for dwelling cooks with out particular gear. I’m wildly enthusiastic about it. You must order your self a duplicate.

Notice: I nearly at all times double the dough and make two pizzas without delay, as a result of any leftovers reheat fantastically, however wrote this recipe for only one. You’ll have sufficient spinach pesto for 2 pizzas, nevertheless. I’ve unfold additional on a thick slice of toasted sourdough and coated it with a cloud of microplane-d parmesan (like I had at Sailor a pair weeks in the past).

  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon immediate yeast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (I exploit Diamond model kosher salt; use half of different manufacturers)
  • 1 cup lukewarm water (100° to 115°F)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) olive oil
  • Spinach Pesto
  • 2 thick or 3 skinny scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) spinach leaves, child spinach is okay
  • Pink pepper flakes, to style
  • Olive oil
  • Meeting
  • 1 14-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, drained and patted dry
  • Zest and juice from half a lemon
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) mozzarella, diced from a block or perlini (as proven right here)
  • 1/2 cup (45 grams) grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup (55 grams) grated fontina or asiago cheese
Make the dough: In a big bowl, whisk collectively the flour, salt, and yeast. Add the water and olive oil and use a spoon or dough whisk (I’ve this one) to convey it collectively, stirring the combination a couple of instances to make sure there aren’t any unmixed pockets of flour. Cowl the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise till it doubles and strikes lots when jiggled, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours at room temperature. For those who received’t want the dough till later, you may switch it to the fridge a little bit earlier than it’s absolutely doubled and let it end there for a couple of hours or in a single day.

Assemble the pizza: Warmth your oven to 450°F (230°C). Coat a 12-inch (30-cm) spherical cast-iron skillet or a 9×13 cake pan with 2 to three tablespoons olive oil. Scrape dough into the pan, then flip it over as soon as so it’s oiled on either side. Dip your fingers within the oil to coat them and dimple the dough out to the perimeters as greatest as you may; it’s okay if it doesn’t absolutely stretch at this level. Set it apart, loosely coated, for half-hour to complete proofing.

In the meantime, make the spinach pesto: In a meals processor or high-speed blender, mix the scallions and garlic. Add spinach and pulse the machine till it’s well-chopped. Drizzle in olive oil till the combination seems to be thick however loosened — often it wants 4 to six tablespoons. Season effectively with salt and purple pepper flakes to style.

To assemble: Being cautious to not deflate the dough, use oiled fingers to softly dimple the dough out to the perimeters of the pan if it’s not there already. Spoon half of the spinach pesto combination over the dough, and use the again of the spoon to softly unfold it out. The toppings ought to go all the best way to the pan’s edge when making this pizza, i.e. don’t depart an empty border. Prepare the artichoke hearts over the spinach pesto, then finely grate a few of the lemon zest over. Sprinkle mozzarella, parmesan, and fontina, then season the pizza with salt, purple pepper flakes, and a little bit extra lemon zest.

Bake the pizza: For 25 to half-hour, till deeply golden brown on the edges and toasty on prime. Sure, this baking time and temperature is right. It sounds very lengthy however I’ve made 100 of those pizzas and at all times remorse once I take it out earlier than half-hour, as the perimeters have a much less satisfying crunch.

To serve: End with lemon juice. You’ll be able to serve it proper within the pan, however I favor to guard my knives and loosen the pizza from the pan and slide it onto a chopping board earlier than chopping it into wedges or squares.

Do forward: Leftovers reheat fantastically. I warmth leftover slices on a foil-covered sheet pan at 350°F or 375°F for quarter-hour. Leftover spinach pesto retains for as much as 5 days within the fridge.

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