Three cheese pizza with spinach and garlic scapes
How was your week? Did you try any delicious new recipes (perhaps the kohlrabi, carrot and radish slaw)? This week I got a chance to play around with these goodies from my CSA share (please note this is 1/2 of the share since my neighbor and I are splitting it).
[broccoli rabe, hakurei turnips, spinach and garlic scapes]
The hakurei turnips were enjoyed “straight up” raw and had a mild radish favor. I also used that gorgeous bag of spinach and a few garlic scapes in a fantastic pizza recipe for three-cheese white pizza with spinach. A healthy pizza, really? It’s definitely on the “enjoy in moderation” list but the part-skim ricotta and part-skim mozzarella kept the fat content in check while the parmesan cheese was used sparingly to add a punch of flavor. And – we even got some veggies on that baby. I think it’s the perfect way to healthify an indulgent treat!
Since it was incredibly hot out this week (nearly 100!), I decided to grill the pizzas instead of cranking up the oven to 500.* Here is how to grill pizzas:
1. Preheat the grill on high for 15 minutes so the grill grates are hot, oil them, then place the rolled out dough (without toppings yet!) straight on the grates. Keep the cover off. It should take about 3-4 minutes for the dough to get beautiful grill marks and form a crust.
2. Remove the pizza crust from the grill and place your toppings on the side with the grill marks (raw dough side will be on the bottom). Cover the grill while you do it so it stays hot.
3. Re-oil the grill grates and place the pizza on the grill. Cook for an additional 5 minutes with the top open until the cheese has melted and the dough is cooked through.
This was dough from our favorite pizza joint in Boston and I found it difficult to work with, so I made a last minute call and turned it into mini pizzas. My husband and I both loved the chewy crust, creamy cheese (ricotta is the main cheese in this recipe) and tender garlicky greens. My special addition to the recipe was garlic scapes. Just cut them thinly on a bias and sprinkle as an additional topping. Delicious!
Have you ever grilled pizzas? What are your favorite pizza toppings?