Who doesn’t love a good spinach and artichoke dip? I, for one, am a sucker for a warm bowl of gooey, cheesy dip. Unfortunately, eating a bowl of dip for dinner in the company of others will elicit funny looks and muffled chuckles.
So, we’ve compromised. Today’s creation is a spinach and artichoke pizza. It’s a little nontraditional – no red sauce, no mozzarella cheese, and of course, no meat. But it is delicious, and it’s a good way to incorporate a lot of delicious vegetables into a single meal.
You will need some pizza dough – and there are a lot of options. Pillsbury makes a pop and bake crust, which is super easy. There’s also the add-water-and-mix doughs. And there’s always homemade pizza dough. Choose whatever suites your style (and your time frame).Here’s what you need:
- Pizza dough (Pillsbury’s refrigerated crust works great – but there are plenty of other, easy, store-bought possibilities)
- 1/2 can of artichoke hearts
- 1/2 jar of roasted red peppers
- 1/2 box frozen spinach
- 1/2 medium sweet onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 2 spoonfuls of sour cream
- Grated parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Here’s what to do:
Step 1) Roughly chop 1/2 an onion, 1/2 can of artichoke hearts, 1/2 jar of roasted red peppers. Mince 4-5 cloves of garlic. Ring out thawed spinach, getting rid of as much moisture as possible.
Step 2) Saute the onions until they become translucent. Then add the artichoke hearts, red peppers, garlic, and spinach into the pan on medium heat. Keep moving until everything is heated all the way through.
Step 3) Turn the pan to low heat and add the cream cheese and sour cream. Stir it in, until the cream cheese is completely melted and mixed with the vegetables.
Step 4) Evenly spread the mixture onto the dough and cook according to the packaging instructions.
Step 5) Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Step 6) Cut, serve, and eat (and turn the oven off).
This pizza also works great as an appetizer (cut into small slices) or for pot lucks. It’s pretty rich, so if it’s going to be a meal, it would be nice to supplement with something lighter – like a nice cool salad. Also, I’ve always thought asparagus would make a nice addition to this pizza, but have never gotten around to trying it. If you do, let me know how it fits in!
Stay warm, fellow foodies.