SPINACH, BROCCOLI, AND TOMATO DEEP DISH PIZZA

SPINACH, BROCCOLI, AND TOMATO DEEP DISH PIZZA


The Sauce:

1 Tbs. olive oil

6 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

1, 28 oz. can whole San Marzano tomatoes, peeled

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. Dish off the Block Ciao Bella Italian Seasoning

1 tsp. sugar


The Toppings:

3 cups broccoli florets

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

2 cups baby spinach leaves, packed

¼ tsp. salt

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese


Pizza dough for one 12-14” pizza (recipe below)

2-3 Tbs. olive oil


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and sugar.  Bring to a low boil and turn the heat to low.  Using a wooden spoon break the tomatoes into small bite size chunks.  Let the sauce cook, stirring occasionally until almost all of the moisture has evaporated, about 10-12 minutes.  The sauce will be very thick and ‘pull away’ from the bottom of the pan.


While the sauce bubbles away, prepare the rest of the ingredients.  Place your broccoli florets into a microwave safe bowl with ¼ cup of water.  Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until the broccoli is steamed, but still crisp.  Remove, drain, and set aside.


Knead your pizza dough a few times to ‘proof’ it and let it rest in between.  This will make it easier to work with.  Work your dough into a 12-14” circle.  If the dough is very ‘springy’ stop occasionally to let it rest and it will be easier to work with.


Coat a 12” cast iron pan with a thin layer of olive oil.  Place the dough in the pan and, using your fingers, press it into the pan evenly and ‘push it’ about halfway up the sides.


Spread 1 cup of the cheese in the bottom of the dough, followed by ½ cup of the cheddar cheese.  Press the spinach leaves on top of the cheese in an even layer and top with the broccoli florets.  Season with the salt.


Top with the remaining cup of mozzarella and remaining ¼ cup of the cheddar cheese. Dollop all over the top with the sauce leaving some of the broccoli partially exposed (they will nice and toasty in the oven this way).  Sprinkle the feta cheese all over the top.


Bake for 20 minutes and remove from the oven and drizzle olive oil all over the top and on the exposed crust.  Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until the top is browned, bubbly, and the crust is golden.


Let rest for 10 minutes.  Slice and devour!

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