Stong to the finish cause I eats me spinach

Oct 5, 2010   //   by marymeals   //   Main course  //  No Comments

Roasted Spinach and mozzarella Pizza

Popeye the sailor man was onto something when he obsessed over the power and strength that he achieved from eating mega cans of spinach. With its high level antioxidants, vitamins, and extreme source of iron this leafy green is truly a super food. Fresh spinach melts into creamy mozzarella quite beautifully when it’s roasted on top of this Martha inspired Popeye Pizza. This is also a great recipe for converting the unsuspecting into a spinach lover.

Pizza with Roasted Spinach and Mozzarella

8 oz fresh spinach
16 oz fresh mozzarella sliced
3 chopped garlic cloves
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Olive oil

Pizza Crust:
1 cup beer
1tbs butter
2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbs sugar
1 pouch Instant yeast

Time to dust off the Bread makers you all got as wedding gifts! This crust works great in the dough cycle of your bread machine. Just place the wet ingredients (beer and butter) in the bottom and then add flour, salt, sugar, and instant yeast, turn on the dough only cycle and let the machine do all the work. For those of you who need to make the dough by hand follow the wet ingredients first rule and then follow with the dry in a large bowl and mix with a large spoon until combined. Turn dough onto a floured surface and kneed about ten minutes until smooth. Place in bowl, cover and let rise at least 30 minutes.
To Assemble:
Preheat oven to 475 degrees with a pizza stone. A stone gives the best results but a baking sheet will be fine. Shape dough to desired size and place on parchment paper. This will allow you to transfer the pizza to the stone. If using a baking sheet you can build your pizza directly on the pan just spray pan lightly with cooking spray and then place the crust on top. Brush the pizza crust with olive oil, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped garlic. Add slices of mozzarella to cover the crust. Top cheese with a huge mound of piled high spinach. This will cook down and melt into the pie. Bake about 20 minutes or until the spinach has reduced and melted into the cheese. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with a touch of olive oil and serve.

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