Roasted Garlic & Spinach White Pizza (with Optional Chicken)Featured by Talisman Wines in the Pinot Noir Wine Club.
A cheesy vegetarian white pizza with garlic and ricotta. Fresh herbs add flavor, spinach adds a little variety, and a good amount of melty mozzarella cheese seals the deal. Add grilled chicken for the carnivores and everyone's happy!Yield: 6 - 8 (1 Pizza)
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
• 1 (1 pound) refrigerated pizza crust dough (I like Trader Joe's garlic & herb dough for this one) or use your own favorite pizza dough
• 24 medium cloves garlic (about 2 heads), separated, peel left on
• 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil + more for working the crust
• 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese (whole milk ricotta works too)
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt + more for sprinkling the garlic
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove any excess moisture
• 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (about 8 ounces)
For the chicken, if using:
• 1 (1/2 pound) boneless, skinless chicken breast
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drizzle a baking sheet with a little olive oil and place the pizza dough on top to rest before working. (Trader Joe's pizza dough requires 30 minutes sitting at room temperature, so I usually do that first)
Lay out a large square of foil and place the garlic cloves on top (be sure you leave the peel on!). Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with a couple of pinches of kosher salt. Fold the foil into a sealed packet and place in the oven (put it on a baking sheet if you're worried about leaking). Roast the garlic until soft, golden, and fragrant, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle, peel the cloves and discard the skins. Increase oven heat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit to prepare it for baking the pizza.
Add 8 of the peeled garlic cloves to a small bowl. Smash with a fork. Add the ricotta, 2 teaspoons olive oil, basil, honey, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper. Mix well.
If using chicken, heat the outdoor grill or an indoor grill pan on medium-high. Rub the chicken with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, flipping occasionally, until cooked through (we always check the internal temperature, which should register 165 degrees Fahrenheit). Set aside to cool. Once cool, cut into chunks.
Stretch the pizza crust into a large (approx. 14-inch) round and place on greased cookie sheet or a pizza stone. If creating one meatless version and one chicken version, split the dough in half and stretch each into smaller rounds, approximately 8 inches or so, and place each on an olive-oil-greased cookie sheet.
Top the crust(s) with tablespoon-sized mounts of ricotta, as evenly spaced as possible (but it doesn't have to be perfect!) Scatter with spinach and remaining garlic cloves. Top with cooked chicken chunks if using (you may only want to use half of the chicken if you're making two smaller pizzas). Scatter mozzarella cheese over the top(s).
Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit until the crust is crisp and golden and the cheese is melted and bubbling, 9-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before slicing into wedges with a pizza cutter and serving.
Recipe sourced from kitchen treaty.com