|Spinach and Mushroom Whole Wheat Pizza|
Taking my own advice, I took a step back from a traditional tomato based pizza and made a white Spinach and Mushroom pizza. I've been making this pizza for year and it's one of my favorites. It's also one of those pizzas that can trick your mind into thinking that you're eating something extravagant and calorie laden when it's actually a fairly light meal when you use fat free ricotta.
Wait. Let me break for a minute and explain the role of fat free ricotta here. I would NEVER in a million years suggest the use of fat free cheese. It usually goes against my moral beliefs but in this case, it's completely different. While you could use the full fat version for a much more decadent pizza (yum), I think that the fat free works just fine because it's not meant to be the star of the show, just a supporting role as a thick sauce. Plus, it's kinda nice saving some calories for something a little more rich when you can.
|Spinach Ricotta "Sauce"|
Spinach and Mushroom Whole Wheat Pizza
- 1 store bought whole wheat crust, stored in a warm location until the dough rises and doubles in size
- 1 small container of fat free ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 cloves of garlic made into garlic paste
- 1/2 bag of spinach, chopped
- 1 carton of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced and fried
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cornmeal for dusting
Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees (if you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven right before you turn it on. If you don't have a pizza stone go out now and get one. It will change your life, I swear). In a large bowl, carefully combine the ricotta and spinach, making sure not to stir to vigorously and damage the leaves. Add the milk, garlic paste and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Roll out the pizza dough on top of some cornmeal to avoid sticking and spread the spinach/ricotta mixture evenly over the dough. Top with mushrooms and then the cheeses. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Dust some cornmeal onto the pizza stone and carefully transfer the pizza to the hot stone. (If you're against pizza stones, you can just make this in a regular pizza pan). Bake until the cheese starts to get golden brown spots on it. Serve immediately.