Saturday, 29 September 2012

Spinach Pizza

Ingredients
  • 2 large bunches of spinach (or silverbeet, I still can't eat silverbeet - bad childhood memories)
  • 2 small red onions (or 1 large)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • tomato paste or puree or passata
  • Pizza base: I use whatever I have on hand i.e pita bread cut in two; Turkish bread; make your own or buy from shop - this works well with thin base 
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Cheese of your choice: ricotta, mozzarella, blue cheese for example
Method
  1. Heat a glug (or 1 tbsp) olive oil in pan over a low-medium heat.
  2. While that's heating up, slice onion and crush garlic.
  3. Saute over a low heat until onion is soft. I sometimes throw a knob of butter in (love that smell of onions & garlic cooking).
  4. Wash spinach and chop roughly. I remove any thick stalks if not using baby spinach. Add to onions & garlic mixture in handfuls. Once one handful has wilted add the next.
  5. Depending on how much spinach you are using - and I like to use as much as possible - this process can take around 30 minutes.
  6. Keep the temperature low as you want to caramelize the mixture.
  7. Toast pine nuts in a saucepan over low heat until golden.
  8. Prepare pizza bases (halve pita bread if using) and cover with tomato paste & freshly ground pepper.
  9. Spread spinach mixture over bases then cover with cheese of choice & sprinkle over nuts
  10. Bake for around 10-15 minutes in an oven that's been pre-heated to 180oC until cheese melts & base is golden. Enjoy!



 

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