You have plenty of choice when making a vegetable pizza recipe. A vegetable pizza could be a tomato and baby spinach pizza, a mushroom and spinach pizza or a cheese and tomato pizza with herbs. Tomato pizza does not have to be boring and you can use either fresh, canned or sun-dried tomatoes depending on the flavor and texture you want.
Spinach pizza recipes are very popular and spinach goes wonderfully with the two different cheeses in this spinach pizza recipe. Classic pizza margarita uses cheese and tomatoes but this grilled pizza recipe features capers for a touch of saltiness and spinach because it is so delicious.
‘Wow’ is what everyone is going to say when they bite into this incredibly delicious pizza, and you will not blame them because you will be happily munching on your own slice. You do not need a lot of ingredients to make this dish, and that is often the sign of a successful recipe because each ingredient is allowed to shine on its own and offer the benefit of its distinctive taste. This pizza is made with either homemade or store-bought dough, so the choice is yours. It depends how much time you want to spend making the dough or if you are in a rush. There are different doughs to choose from at the store so pick something good quality and the finished pizza will be better. If you are making your own dough you might wish to incorporate herbs or cheese, just to give it a distinctive flavor. Do not be afraid to experiment because you can make this pizza as unique as you are, for a splendid result.
Making the Pizza Like a Pro
The first thing you need to do is steam the spinach, although you can also wilt it in a pan if that is what you prefer. Ensure you wring out all the water because you do not want to have a soggy pizza crust and spinach does hold on to a lot of water. The pizza dough can be shaped into a rectangle, square or circle, as you wish, or you could even make another shape like a round-cornered rectangle or whatever is going to fit on to your barbeque. As long as the thickness is uniform, the shape of the crust does not matter. When the crust is cooked on one side it is time to flip it over, and then you can brush oil over it, either extra-virgin olive oil or plain olive oil, as you prefer, or even another kind of cooking oil, and then the toppings.
Add the Tasty Toppings
Put the garlic on first, then the Fontina and Pecorino Romano cheeses. Next goes the tomato and then the spinach, before you add the capers and a little bit more oil to finish it off. The pizza can then cook to perfection over the coals, taking on a subtle smoky flavor and lightly browning in places. The cheese will melt beautifully and the flavor will be amazing. Serve this by itself or with a crisp green salad on the side perhaps. Garlic bread is another option, or else how about some corn on the cob?
- 1 lb homemade or store-bought pizza dough
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup spinach
- 1 cup shredded Fontina
- 4 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino Romano
- 1 teaspoon minced, fresh garlic
- 2 tablespoons canned, large capers
- 1 cup chopped canned tomatoes in thick juice
- Prepare a hot fire, setting the grill rack 3, or 4 inches above the coals.
- Steam the spinach for 3 minutes until just wilted. Squeeze the water out, a handful of spinach at a time and chop it coarsely. Spread and flatten the pizza dough on a large, oiled baking sheet until it is a 12-inch diameter circle. Alternatively, you can make a rectangle. Make sure the thickness is even. When the fire is hot, lift the dough gently by the corners closest to you and drape it over the grill. Catch the loose edge on the grill first and slide the rest into place. The dough will puff within a minute and the underside will stiffen.
- Flip the crust over with tongs on to the coolest part of the grill and brush the grilled surface with oil. Scatter the garlic and cheeses over the dough and spoon the tomato over the cheese, without covering the whole pizza with tomatoes. Arrange the spinach over the pizza. Scatter over the capers and drizzle a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over the top.
- Slide the pizza back towards, but not directly over, the hot coals. Use tongs to frequently rotate the pizza so it cooks evenly and check the underside every few minutes so it does not burn. When the cheese is melted and the top is bubbling, the pizza is done. The cooking time will be about 7 or 8 minutes. Serve immediately.
Grilled Pizza Margarita Recipe with Spinach and Capers – This is a classic vegetable pizza with the wonderful flavor of capers and spinach added to it. Capers are one of those foods not often thought of but can make a plain recipe special. Classic margarita pizza uses cheese and tomatoes but this grilled pizza recipe features capers for a touch of saltiness and spinach to meld into a very special meal. This is a distinctive pizza which boats a gentle smoky flavor and you will find it combines well with any side dish you prefer to serve with it.
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