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Friday, October 25, 2013

Spinach Artichoke Flatbread Pizzas

I was looking for something a little different for our game day eats and when I found this recipe I thought it might fit the bill.  It just so happened that Publix had their pizza dough on sale this weekend too so that worked out well too. I think looking back if I could have gotten the crust rolled thinner it would have been better. But this was a nice alternative to regular pizzas.
This recipe uses fresh spinach instead of frozen.  Not sure if frozen would be as good if you can't find fresh.
Melt 2 Tablespoons butter over medium heat in a skillet.
Add about 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.  Add more or less depending on how you like heat. Also add 2 cloves garlic minced.  I use the minced jar garlic.
Add 2 Tablespoons flour.
Add 1 1/2 cups skim milk.  Stir or whisk well.
While the sauce is cooking, wilt the spinach.  Place the spinach in a pot over medium high heat.  Cover and cook until wilted.
Add 1/4 teaspoon salt to sauce.
 Add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
The spinach is nice and wilted.  You don't want to cook it too long or it will stick to the bottom.
Add the spinach to the sauce.
Stir well.
Roll out your dough.  You can use flatbread crust if you can find them.  Use a pizza stone if you have it as well.
I swapped to the stone.  Place the stone in the oven while it is preheating before using.  Add some of the spinach sauce on top.
Spread it around to the edges.
Chop one can of artichoke hearts.
Sprinkle half on top of the spinach.
Top with cheese.  I used an Italian blend but mozzarella would be good too. Place in a preheated 475 oven and bake for about 10 minutes.  Check it might need a little more time. You want the cheese melted well and the crust cooked.
Fresh from the oven.  As it baked it slid off the crust a little.
Slice and enjoy.  Nice change of pace from the regular pizzas.

Spinach Artichoke Flatbread Pizza Recipe

2 Tablespoon butter
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoon flour
1 1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
7 oz fresh spinach, washed and roughly chopped
1 lb pizza dough or 4 flatbread pieces
1 1/2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
1 can artichoke hearts drained, rinsed, dried, and chopped.

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