Friday, March 22, 2013

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

As I've mentioned before, I LOVE pizza. So tonight we tried another new pizza recipe, Spinach Artichoke Pizza. It was easy (perfect for a Friday, end-of-the-week dinner!) and tasted great. Bonus, my kids gobbled it up! The mozzarella cheese on top and creaminess of the spinach hid the fact they were actually eating spinach :)

Spinach Artichoke Pizza
From Rachel Ray Magazine

1 baguette, quartered (to cut down on the carbs, I used wheat sandwich thins)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 pinch nutmeg
2 10 ounce boxes frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 9 ounce box frozen artichoke hearts, thawed (I used jarred artichoke hearts)
1/2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Arrange the bread on a baking sheet. In a medium skillet, melt the butter with the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk and season with the nutmeg. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
Pull the spinach apart, then add to the sauce. Fold in the artichokes and cook until heated through. Stir in the parmigiano-reggiano, season with salt and remove from the heat.
Spread the spinach and artichoke mixture on the bread and top with the mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is melted, 10 to 12 minutes. Top with the thyme.

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