Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spinach, Basil and Tomato Pizza

All I can say is, YUM.  I often make a quick appetizer where I slice roma tomatoes, add chopped basil, salt, pepper and then mozzerella chees. I bake it at 350/375 until the cheese melts and just starts to brown.  It's a hit in our house and good.  The other day, I decided to add it to a pizza.  

2-3 Medium Roma tomatoes, sliced about 1/4" thick
1/2 cup chopped, fresh, baby spinach
1/4 cup chopped fresh, basil (get fresh, trust me)
1/4 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 TBSP herb cream cheese
4 oz shredded mozzerella
salt and pepper

1. Since I am too afraid (wait, I mean I don't want to dirty the eating table and the counter doesn't have enough room!) to make my own pizza crust, I buy from the store and pre-bake according to instructions.
2. While the pizza crust is pre-baking, sautee the onions and garlic in a little extra virgin olive oil until tender crisp (or the onion is starting to become translucent.)  I also use the opportunity to chop the tomatoes, basil and spinach if it hasn't been done yet.
3. When crust is pre-baked, remove from oven. Put cream cheese in center of the crust and spread all over.  It will melt as you spread, no worries about that. 
4. Spread onions and garlic evenely over crust, then lay tomatoe slices in one layer.
5. Add spinach and basil evenly over the top.
6. Sprinkle salt and pepper, then the mozzerella, over it all.
7. Put it back in the oven for 6-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and just starts to brown.
NOTE: Do not forget about it, do not let the cheese get this brown, it's overbaked at that point. 
BONUS NOTE: Even overbaked, it's still yummy! Especially with a good Pinot Grigio. This particular one is Kris 2009.
Enjoy... pizzas are becoming one of the best experimental dinners for all of us in the house.

Cheers! Beck


Shay said...

Just pass me the wine.


The pizza looks really good. I havent done pizza at home in forever. I suspect this might be in our dinner future.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I want that pizza! Unfortunately I can no longer eat it at night, but there's still lunch. :) blessings, marlene

Gari in AL said...

That not only looks good but sounds good. I think I may just have to try it.

Kathy said...

Your pizza sounds wonderful!

Nancy Sue said...

Happy 200th post!!! Wanted to add this comment where I'm not going to mess up your giveaway count!
I love this idea of the cream cheese. We eat gluten free pizza in our house, and the tomato sauce that I use can be harsh (read diaper rash) to our toddler. This is perfect! Can't wait to try it!