1.28.2010

Apple Spinach Feta Pizza - Recipe


Pizza is another one of my staple recipes. I make my own sauce and dough. I have yet to try making my own cheese. It's on my list - again perhaps when I have my own kitchen.

When I asked Jeff what I should make for dinner this week his answer was pizza. I generally just kind of wing my pizza dough. But this time I decided to use a recipe I saw in Earth to Table. It looks beautiful in their pictures. But the method was kind of odd. It said to use the hook attachment on my Kitchen Aid. I don't have a hook attachment or a Kitchen Aid so I just mixed it the old fashion way. The weird part was instead of mixing in all the water and then adding flour until the dough was the right consistency, the recipe says to add all the flour and then work in extra water. This is really hard to do by hand; super sticky and I never got a great constancy.

I was pretty disappointed in the results. The dough was tough, chewy, dry and I missed the hearty flavor I get from adding in whole grains. This recipe was all white flour.


I was not disappointed with the toppings. Homemade pizza sauce is easy and oh so tasty. I'll put the recipe at the bottom of the post. Now on to the exciting part, I chose feta, spinach and apples for the toppings.
 
I had some fun making this animated gif on gifninja.com

1. Crust
2. Sauce
3. Apple and Cheeses (Feta, Provolone, Parmesean)
4. Spinach
5. Finished Pizza

Making the animated gif was really easy and surprisingly quick. 

But back to the food.  Yum.  The sweet crunch of the apple with the salty sharp feta cheese and the stretchy stringy provolone makes this my favorite vegetarian pizza.  The spinach really just adds some nice green color and makes the pizza look healthier.  There is probably only a tiny nutrition boost with the spinach.  But I'll take what I can get.

Quick and Easy Tomato Pizza Sauce

1 can diced tomatoes (15oz)
1 can tomato paste (6oz)
1 medium carrot, grated
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon - the secret ingredient
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Salt to taste (1/2 teaspoon or so)

Step 1: Sauté the onions in a little bit of olive oil until transparent. Then add in the shredded carrots. Keep sautéing until the carrots start to soften. You may need to add a little water so things don't get dry and burn. 

Step 2:  Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and all the spices.    The cinnamon may seem a little odd, but it adds more smell than flavor.  It goes well with any topping, but it is particularly good with the apple.  Add enough water to the pan to make it saucy, cover and let simmer.  If you have the right amount of water the sauce will make big bubbly plops.  That's why you have to cover the sauce so it doesn't plop and splatter sauce everywhere.  This needs to simmer for a while now for everything to cook together.  Taste your sauce to see where it's at.  If it tastes too acidic add a teaspoon of sugar to balance things out.  If it just tastes too bland add a little more salt.
 
Step 3:  You can be done at this point, but if you want a smoother sauce you can let the sauce cool and then puree it a bit in a blender or food processor or if you have an immersion blender this is the perfect time to employ it. 

This recipe makes enough sauce for two 14" pizzas.

I'll put up my pizza dough recipe the next time I make it.  I promise it's tasty and much easier to make by hand than the Earth to Table one. 

45 comments:

  1. I love this! What a perfect combination of toppings.

    If I followed recipes, which I don't, I would completely do this! I love it! Making dough seems like a pretty big endeavor to me, though... I'm gun shy when it comes to actually making stuff from scratch.

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  2. This looks so amazing. I have been dying to make my own pizza but for some reason it keeps slipping throug the cracks.

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  3. Neat.
    Pizza is a staple with us as well, but i usually use pita as the base. My next step is to make the pita from scratch using that recipe you sent me.
    This year's superbowl is going to have all made completely from scratch snacks. I'm going to earn my calories! Pita might be one of them.

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  4. Oh Yum! I'm just discovering your blog, and everything looks delicious, and so pretty! And making your own cheese? wow! My ambition stops at bread-making :-)

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  5. This looks so good! You always inspire me with your great meals. I'm going to try to make a gluten-free crust for this one - any suggestions?

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  6. Now you've got me craving pizza! I wrote down the ingredients you used to I can try it this week. I'm wondering if pear would be good too...

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  7. Kristen - I'm sure pear would be good. Especially if it is crisp. I bet Asian pear would be even more awesome!

    Healthy Bonnevivante - I have a friend who's gluten intollerant, and so have experimented with a couple recipes, but I haven't tried pizza crust yet.

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  8. YUM! That pizza looks delicious!

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  9. love the tagline of your blog! so cool that you and your husband were in the peace corps in panama, what an experience that must have been! horticulture is so interesting, i'm excited to read more of your blog!

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  10. I'm drooling over pics of your pizza!

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  11. Foy, what an amazing topping combo!! I never thought to add apples, I'm making this, this week!

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  12. Wow! Looks so delicious. I love apple pizza. Thanks for this recipe. I will share it with my friends too.

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  13. great sauce recipe! I LOVE the addition of apples - yum!

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  14. Horticulture is so interesting, i'm excited to read more of your blog!

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  15. That's an unusual combination, but I bet it's delicious.

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  16. I have never had apple pizza but this sounds good. Interesting concept.

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  17. i love this idea of apples on pizza... i've got a great crust recipe floating around somewhere. thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. I really love how you've incorporated the animated GIF - it really adds to the visual of how you made the pizza. (Which is making me drool as I write this...) As for the dough, my mother (who has been making homemade bread forever) now swears by the dough hook of her kitchenaid as a saviour. Arthritis makes it difficult for her to knead by hand, but the hook does an incredible job. Anyways - this loks inspirational!

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  19. Yum, yum, yum! I love apples with cheese, especially feta! Such a smart idea to put them on a pizza.:)

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  20. What a great combination of flavors! Love the feta and the apples.

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  21. Yummy on all of the ingredients! Sounds really delicious. Nice photos too :)

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  22. Yum! Great combo of ingredients!! We have pizza night every Friday with my daughters, going to add this one to the list!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  23. That pizza looks fantastic! And, thanks for the link to gifninja.com, that is really cool!

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  24. this is different looks colourful and delicious

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  25. apple and pizza and cheese? thanks for this combo. I might try it with pear!

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  26. Good looking pizza. I have to try the apple feta combo.

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  27. What a beautiful combination of toppings. I'd been oogling the pizza dough recipe from Earth to Table, but hadn't gotten around to trying it yet... based on your comments, I think I'll stick to my usual method instead. :)

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  28. HECK YEAH!! I love the gif too!

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  29. You are so incredibly creative with your flavor combinations. I would have never thought of putting apple with spinach and tomato sauce, but I know it would work.

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  30. Pizza is still one of my all time favorite foods! I've used pear but now I'll have to try apples. Now I'm craving pizza :)

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  31. This sounds great! And gorgeous photos!

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  32. I'm definitely saving this recipe - looks great!

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  33. Thanks for friending me on FoodBuzz!

    Your rotating slide show is sooo cool! And your pizza looks delish! I am definitely going to try it!! As soon as you post your pizza crust recipe :) Hehe.

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  34. what an interesting combination of toppings - sounds delightful - i love a good gourmet pizza :)

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  35. I made pizza today too. I make the dough in my ABM. I have a favorite recipe but I have used Wolfgang Puck's recipe and Mario Batali's with some success. My problem was always that the crust came out too puffy. An Italian friend of mine said to use less yeast than the recipe called for so I did today and Ta Da...the crust was thinner.

    Your toppings sound very interesting. I went with local tomatoes, some sauce, fresh mozzarella and a sprinkle of oregano and feta cheese (Greek feta, not domestic). Just delicious.

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  36. Thank you everyone from the comments.If you don't mind passing this story along to anyone you'd think you'd like it I'd greatly appreciate it.

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  37. I love your slideshow, it's cool and it made me smile. The flavors and colors of your pizza is vivid. I would like a slice right now.
    I'm glad to find your blog. I'm lovin it!

    xo,
    Malou

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  38. I just love pizza and am always looking for new topping ideas! This looks really good, and will be trying it.

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  45. Drooling over this.. Wish I can eat this now. haha! I'll be reviewing this recipe and will try it later.les 3 étoiles michelin

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