Spinach Artichoke Pizza

This is an easy homemade spinach and artichoke pizza you’ll be sure to love if you like the dip. I made a white sauce with red onions and garlic, instead of a traditional red sauce. We make pizza almost every week, and I have been trying to think of some different variations I haven’t made before. Although our favorite is peperoni, black olive, and mushroom, I like to change it up as often as I can. I have been making the crust now for a while now. I want to thank Average Betty for giving the most important hint in making perfect homemade pizza dough. That tip was the dough should be much wetter than you think. That has made all the difference in the world for me. My pizza doughs went from mediocre to outstanding. I even had the owner at the best pizzeria in town take me through a tutorial, and I still wasn’t getting it.

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Spinach Artichoke Pizza

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 cup warm water
3 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
cornmeal for stretching the dough

Sauce:
1 red onion, cut in thin slices
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

Toppings:
1 lb frozen spinach, defrosted
1 can quartered artichoke hearts
sun-dried tomato strips (optional)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 - 3 cups mozzarella cheese

Directions:

For the crust:
Add warm water, yeast, salt and oil for crust to stand mixer bowl. Mix well. Add kneading attachment to mixer and add the flour to the bowl.

Turn the mixer on low until the flour is incorporated, then turn to medium for 10 - 15 minutes. When dough is ready, the sides of the bowl will be clean.

Put the dough into a large, greased bowl and let it proof until it doubles in size.

Hint: I have found that a wetter dough works much better. Just make sure the dough is smooth, elastic.

For the sauce:
Add one tablespoon of the olive oil to a preheated saute pan. Add onions and a little kosher salt and saute for about 5 minutes, then add garlic. Continue to saute until the onions are very soft and are starting to caramelize.

Add the other tablespoon of oil and the tablespoon of flour. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes. Add milk, while continually whisking. Turn heat to high and bring to a bowl, then reduce to a simmer.

Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Continue to simmer until pizza dough is ready.

For the pizza:
Preheat oven to its highest temperature, I used 550 degrees.

Spread a pizza stone lightly with cornmeal. Turn the dough out on the stone and stretch it to the size of the stone. Pre-bake it until it it just starts to lightly brown.

Remove from oven and top with sauce, Parmesan, spinach, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, if using, and Mozzarella cheese.

Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted and pizza is starting to brown around the edges.

32 Responses to “Spinach Artichoke Pizza”

  1. 1
    Tickled Red — August 3, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    Oh my! I would so eat that for breakfast right now. Yumalicious!!

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    Michelle — August 3, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    I love making spinach, artichoke, and tomato pizza on the grill. It’s such a great combo!

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    Megan Ogulnick — August 3, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    I haven't even read the recipe and I'm RTing it. Sounds soooo good!! RT @EclecticRecipes: Spinach Artichoke Pizza http://goo.gl/fb/ggGRu

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    Capricciosa P — August 3, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    RT I haven't even read the recipe and I'm RTing it. Sounds soooo good!! RT @EclecticRecipes: Spinach Artichoke Pizza http://goo.gl/fb/ggGRu

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    Monet — August 3, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    I adore artichokes and spinach, so this pizza would be a hit at my table. And thank you for the great tip at the pizza dough…I never would have guessed. Thanks for sharing!

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    grace — August 4, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    i keep saying that artichokes need to take center stage more often, and this is a fine way to do it! the sun-dried tomatoes are in no way optional for me. 🙂

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    Koek! — August 4, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    Beautiful… That’s my kind of pizza!
    Robyn

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    Jenny Flake — August 4, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    This looks so good! I could eat the spinach artichoke combo all day long 🙂 Great recipe!

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    Memoria — August 5, 2010 @ 12:28 am

    My mom would flip 1,000 times for this pizza. What a great color!

  10. 10
    Megan Ogulnick — August 5, 2010 @ 12:53 am

    Making a Spinach Artichoke Pizza! Thanks to @EclecticRecipes for the recipe 🙂 –> http://bit.ly/bQHTrj

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    Capricciosa P — August 5, 2010 @ 12:57 am

    RT Making a Spinach Artichoke Pizza! Thanks to @EclecticRecipes for the recipe 🙂 –> http://bit.ly/bQHTrj

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    RavieNomNoms — August 5, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

    This looks really really REALLY good!

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    averagebetty — August 5, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    OMG! Thanks for the shoutout Angie! Technically we can both thank my Mom for that little nugget of wisdom – she says it applies to all homemade doughs.

    The Spinach Artichoke pizza looks fabulous!!

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    Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog — August 5, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    I’m a big pizza fan and never tasted a pizza like that mmm it looks different and completely tasty!! Good savory work 🙂

    Cheers,

    Gera

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    Rachel Pisano — August 6, 2010 @ 1:04 am

    from andquot;eclectic recipesandquot; – http://eclecticrecipes.com/spinach-artichoke-pizza/ — posted by ellie3763 http://twlv.net/X6o5Xr

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    Jenny@VintageSugarcube. — August 6, 2010 @ 1:07 am

    WOWZA! I want that pizza NOW!!

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    Simply Life — August 6, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    oh that looks like the perfect pizza combo!

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    Jo Maxwell Stougaard — August 6, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    (my kinda pie!) Spinach Artichoke Pizza http://tinyurl.com/3xvkfy4 by @EclecticRecipes via @TasteSpotting

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    FOODESSA — August 7, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

    I find the ingredients used on your pizza excellent.

    I usually use a pan that has holes pierced through it and also pre-heat the oven at 500F.
    Strangely…my oven doesn’t surpass that temperature?!?

    Thanks for your interesting post.
    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

    • Angie replied: — August 7th, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

      My last oven only went to 500 degrees too. I have seen the pan with holes in it, but haven’t tried it. I’ll have to look for it. It seems like it would be great for a thinner crust.
      Thanks for visiting!

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    Baking Serendipity — August 8, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    I love spinach and artichoke dip, but have never used the flavors in pizza before. Yours looks delicious!

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    Flappy — August 9, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    I am a huge fan of pizza and make it at our house pretty often. My husband on the other hand is not a huge fan but I bet he would love this pizza. Its not traditional and we love spinach dip! I can’t wait to try it.

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    Erika Scholz — August 9, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    This one's for you @arielledscholz http://eclecticrecipes.com/spinach-artichoke-pizza/

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    Megan Ogulnick — August 10, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

    @Pizzazzerie Yum! Pizza is my favorite 🙂 Not sure it's gourmet, but I made this Spinach Artichoke pizza last week- http://bit.ly/bQHTrj

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    Andrea — July 10, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    Wondering if the sauce could be made without the onions.

    • Angie replied: — July 10th, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

      Of course.

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