If it’s 8pm on a Tuesday, the only place you can find my friends or me is huddled in front of the television watching LOST. It is the last season so each new episode is special, almost sacred, in our hearts and there’s no better way to celebrate before the big show than making and enjoying dinner together. Each meal is usually something we throw together from our fridges and last Tuesday was no different… except with a little help from the local pizzeria.

Not many people know how easy it is to make pizza at home that’s far less expensive and probably more creative than your average delivery pie. Making pizza dough is fairly easy, but you can pick up already made dough from the grocery store or your local pizzeria at a minimal price (we paid a whopping $3.69 for a large pizza dough and a full 20 oz cup packed with provolone cheese). Just scrounge around your fridge for some leftovers or some ingredients from your pantry and be creative! You really can’t go wrong with any toppings. 

Here’s my hodgepodge version of veggie pizza.

 

Mediterranean Veggie Pizza with Balsamic Reduction

a recipe all my own, serves 4 hungry people

Ingredients:

  • non-stick spray
  • large pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil, plus more for brushing on the dough
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 frozen package of spinach, thawed, liquid squeezed out, and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 20 kalamata olives, sliced
  • 4 oz of feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 1/2 cups of provolone cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 of a medium red onion, sliced
  • 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F. In a large skillet, heat the tablespoon of olive oil over medium. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until golden and fragrant. Add the chopped artichokes and spinach, season with salt and pepper, and continue to stir and cook for about 2-3 minutes. De-glaze the pan with lemon juice. Remove the spinach and artichoke mixture and set aside to cool.
  2. Coat a large pizza pan and your hands with non-stick spray. Place the pizza dough on the top of your knuckles and stretch and constantly rotate it until you form a large disk. Place it on the coated pan and stretch it to the edges and lightly press it down. Drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil over the dough, brushing it evenly. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Spread the spinach and artichoke mixture evenly over the dough. Sprinkle on the provolone and feta cheeses, the kalamata olives, and the red onions. 
  4. Place the pizza in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly browned and the crust is golden. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar to a simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally and continue to simmer for 6-8 minutes until the sauce is reduced by half and coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Slice the pizza into 8 pieces and drizzle each slice with a spoonful of the balsamic reduction. Enjoy!
Advertisements