Artichoke Pizza Recipe
- 1 store bought pizza dough
- 4 oz fresh spinach
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 oz provolone cheese
- 2 oz finely shredded parmesan cheese
- 6 oz. artichoke hearts
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare your pizza dough according to the directions on the package (so if it needs to be pre-baked, do that). Put the dough on a pizza stone or a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle some olive oil over the crust and then sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.
Heat the rest of the olive oil over medium heat and sautee the spinach and artichoke heats until much of the liquid from the artichoke hearts has evaporated.
In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, then while whisking add in flour and onion powder and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Then while whisking slowly stir in milk and increase temperature to medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and stir in minced garlic and sautéed, chopped spinach. Chop remaining fresh spinach (you should have about 1 1/2 cups chopped), set aside.
To assemble pizza, spread the spinach béchamel sauce (the white sauce) evenly over pizza crust, leaving the rim uncoated. Sprinkle chopped, fresh spinach over sauce followed by provolone, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and chopped artichokes. Slide a pizza peel under parchment paper and carefully transfer pizza to hot pizza stone in oven. Bake 10 - 13 minutes until crust is golden brown. Cut into slices and serve warm sprinkled with red pepper flakes to taste if desired.