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Greek Pizza

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Greek Pizza

We’ve started a new tradition called Pizza Friday. After a long week, the last thing we want to do is think about what to make for dinner. But we also love the chance to start off the weekend relaxing with friends or family. Thus, Pizza Friday emerged as a method for easy entertaining. (The idea had been brewing for a while, thanks to Barbara Kingsolver and our love of homemade pizza, but hadn’t yet formalized into Pizza Friday until recently.)

With the multitude of options for toppings, we could probably have new repertoire for Pizza Friday until we are at least 84. We recently found a new favorite in Greek pizza (I’m a sucker for themed pizzas, especially ethnic ones). Our first attempt was a little shaky, since our excitement to break out the grill for the season led to an even black char over the bottom. Thankfully, our neighbors and fellow Pizza Friday compatriots graciously accepted our offering without complaint (thanks, friends!), but we knew we’d have to try it again to get the full effect.

Our repeat confirmed that this was, quite honestly, one of my favorites we’ve made yet!  The combination of the salty feta and olives and the spicy red onions is nearly perfection in my book (though, we all did agree on that Pizza Friday that the margherita topped with egg from nearby urban chickens may have taken the cake…more on that later).

Do you have a tradition like Pizza Friday? What are your favorite ways to top a pizza?

Greek Pizza
Makes one medium pizza

What You Need
1 pizza dough

28 ounce can crushed tomatoes, San Marzano preferred (Note: One can will make enough sauce for at least four pizzas)
2 cloves garlic

Handful of black olives
Handful of fresh spinach
Small red onion
A few sundried tomatoes (packed in oil)
Crumbled feta
Shredded Italian blend of cheese (or mozzarella)
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper

1  Prepare the pizza dough, following the preparation instructions in the recipe if you’ve made in advance. Place your pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F.

2  Prepare the tomato sauce: Mix a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes and about 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar. Stir to combine and add salt and pepper to taste. If desired, add some dried or fresh oregano or basil.

3  Prepare the toppings: Mince the 2 cloves garlic. Slice the black olives. Coarsely chop the spinach. Finely slice the red onion. Drain and chop the sundried tomatoes.

When the oven is ready, stretch the dough into the desired shape. Place it on a floured pizza peel or pull the pizza stone out of the oven and carefully place the dough on it.

5  Quickly assemble the pizza: Thinly spread a bit of tomato sauce over the dough (not too much!), then sprinkle on the minced garlic and as much mozzarella cheese as you like. Top with olives, spinach, red onion, sundried tomatoes, and feta. Sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt.

Bake the pizza: Transfer the pizza to the oven, and bake until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.

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  1. Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.

    Sounds delish! When we lived in Panama, we frequented a place called Athens that had the best Pizza – supposedly Greek. There was also something called Lapsadosomo (? spelling) on the menu that was like Green nachos but that’s besides the point, what I’m getting to is the best thing on the menu was Imam pizza which involved roasted eggplant, carmelized onions, garlic with marinera sauce. I’ve been wanting to try making it myself. After reading your post I just might get up the gumption.

    We too do pizza about once a week, we’re a little too scattered to pick a specific day.

    My current favorite is Malibu Veggie: http://foyupdate.blogspot.com/2011/03/malibu-veggie-pizza-surprising-topping.html

    And our standby is apple feta:
    http://foyupdate.blogspot.com/2010/01/apple-spinach-feta-pizza-recipe.html

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      Sonja

      Those topping combinations sound delicious! Thanks for the interesting ideas :) Let us know how the Imam pizza turns out!

  2. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum

    We absolutely have pizza Friday. Although I don’t always make the pizza. :) But I recently made a pizza with asparagus and peas and goat cheese, and I loved it! It was especially good as leftovers. Greek pizza sounds amazing – I’m going to have to give your crust recipe a try, too!

  3. Skinny Fat Kid

    I was trying to add a pizza into my 2 week menu each week. I’ve partially failed! But I did make a similar greek pizza for our lunch yesterday! Added some shrimp as Skinny Fat Kid needs his protein to be big and strong.

  4. Kristine

    I think we’ll be having a Pizza Saturday in our house this week, and now I know what kind of pizza we’ll be having! Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  5. Mika

    When I was living in Germany I had greek pizza quite often and I suggest you to try it with a sauce made with greek yogurt, mayo, garlic and sugar, it is simple delicious…

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      Sonja

      This sauce sounds very interesting — I think we may have to give it a try! Thanks for the idea!

  6. STH

    Maybe I’ll try this . . . I got some fresh oregano from my CSA and haven’t known what to do with it.

    My favorite pizza so far has pesto (no tomato sauce), tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and spinach. Yummy!

  7. Sheryl

    Love the photo! This pizza looks delicious, and I love homemade pizza better than store bought. I will give this one a try!

  8. Sonia | Food Obsessed

    I too am a big fan of home made pizza. I have to admit that my latest creation was one of my favorites so far, and one of the prettiest I’ve ever made too.

    Another one that I really liked was my apple, goat cheese and Walnut Pizza. Seriously, pizza has to be one of my favorite dishes to play with. So many combinations and possibilities. Like you said, we could probably make a different one every week until we’re in our eighties.

    I love your greek version. I will have to give it a try for sure. Feta and kalamata! What’s not to like? It looks absolutely delicious! :)

  9. Val

    Pizza’s are a great way to play around with different flavours and ideas. This Greek themed pizza looks fantastic. I love that it’s light, fresh and allows each ingredient to shine.

  10. Barbie

    WOW! I live in China and have had NO luck finding a good pizza place, as you might imagine! I made this pizza last night and I can tell you it will definitely be going into our regular rotation! I actually love making homemade pizza and have tried several different pizza dough recipes, your is by far the best! Thanks for all the yummy goodness….

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      Sonja

      Wonderful — so glad you enjoyed it! (PS we are planning to update our dough recipe with our new favorite method using a Kitchen Aid mixer – not sure if you have one handy.) Let us know if you have any other great topping ideas!

  11. Maria

    We actually have pizza like this one in Greece. Without the spinach and the sun-dried tomatoes, though. I always thought that it would taste really gross but it really doesn’t, does it? I wish I’d seen it earlier because I need greek pizza right now and it’s too late to order here. Damn.

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