Thursday, January 5, 2012

White Pizza with Grilled Chicken & Spinach



I made this last night for my family, and I apologize in advance for this crummy picture. {I had to snap a quick photo because I knew this pizza would literally be inhaled moments after I removed it from my oven.} Straight up shenanigans.

This is actually quick and easy, but not "light".  I limited myself to one small slice. Course working out  4-5 days a week keeps me from looking like the female version of Pavarotti.

la! la! la! -talented, but not a small dude.-





Here's what makes this recipe super quick and painless. You use jarred alfredo sauce, bamm! done. and pre-cooked chicken! double bamm!

 Now I made my own dough, as I am nearly certain I came out of the womb with the ability to make the perfect pizza dough. -insert mild fleeting embarrassment for obnoxious self aggrandizing- ::ahhh, moment passed:: Anywhoo, if you don't have time to make a dough you can make this recipe even easier and buy Pillsbury pizza crust. Oh, Pillsbury you are so very heartable -in other news, if the Pillsbury doughboy were real, i'd totally adopt him all for my own and poke his belly like it's my job- :

Now you may notice that my pizza only has spinach on half of it. That's due to the fact that I have two pre-tween boys that intimate gagging gestures if they are forced to eat too much greenery. It's silly I tell ya. You may omit the spinach if you have some picky tweens of your own. Heck, add whatever your little heart desires!  Where I got my inspiration: The Country Cook {she has some great simple recipe ideas for the busy moms out there, check her out!}

Meanwhile, back at the ranch....i was sad to discover that my husband took the last two leftover slices to work with him today. blast!!!! I had plans for those slices, one for breakfast and one for lunch! foiled again!!! -admittedly, he did me a favor, since that wasn't really a good plan at all- Oh and here in NH it's just chilly enough to start rocking my gangsta hat.

it's ok to be a little jealous.
enjoy the pizza foodie peeps and happy thursday! ciao ~b

Ingredients: 

For the Pizza Dough (if you did not by the jarred dough):
  • 3 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tblspoons of olive oil
For the Topping:

  • 12 ounces of pre-cooked chicken (like pictured above)
  • 1 jar of Alfredo sauce (I used the Classico garlic flavored sauce)
  • 10 ounces of spinach (fresh or frozen, I only used five ounces of the frozen stuff as I only covered half of the pizza)
  • 1 cup of feta cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 3 tblspoons of olive oil
  • 1 tblspoon of parsley
Directions:

1. Add your water and yeast into a large bowl and mix together well. Allow that to sit for about five minutes until a little bubbly and frothy looking. Add in your oil and salt and then slowly add in your flour until it is a nice doughy consistency and it doesn't stick to the side of your bowl. Cover the top of the bowl with a clean towel and let it rise for about an hour. (this is why the canned dough will save you a little time)

2. Once your dough is done rising, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Remove dough from the bowl and knead a few times on a floured surface.  On that lightly floured surface,  roll out your dough large enough to fit whatever pan you intend to use.  I use a rolling pin and spin the dough 90 degrees every few rolls until it is large enough.

3. Transfer the dough to a lightly sprayed pan add 1 tblspoon of olive oil to the top of the dough. Cook just the dough in your preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Remove your dough from the oven and on top add two tablespoons of olive oil then spread around. Then top with half your jar of Alfredo sauce {you may add more if you like}. Then add your garlic and spread it around in the sauce. Then add your parmesan cheese, then your half your feta cheese (optional), then add half your mozzarella, add chicken then spinach and then mushrooms (optional). Top with your remaining cheeses and then sprinkle your parsley over the top of the pizza.

5. Place your pizza in the oven and bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then serve!

Details: Prep Time: 10 minutes (longer if you make your own dough) Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Yield: 1 pizza, feeds approximately 4-5 adults.


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