Greek Pizza

Topped with feta cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach, this Greek pizza feeds a crowd and comes together in no time.

Greek Pizza

Why to Pizza Friday

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 ones inspired by other cuisines).

Our first attempt at making this Greek pizza was a little shaky, since our excitement to break out the grill for the season led to an even black char on 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).

Related: Everything you need to know about making artisan pizza

How to freeze pizza

If you don’t have a group to feed every Friday like we do, knowing how to freeze pizza is helpful. I actually think frozen pizza tastes better than leftover pizza that’s been in the fridge; the freezer prevents the pizza from going stale and seals in all the flavors. To freeze leftover pizza, you’ll need to:

  1. Slice the pizza and let it cool completely to room temperature.
  2. Wrap each slice in plastic wrap, and then in aluminum foil (I’ve found that throwing the slices into a freezer bag works well only if you eat the frozen pizza within a few weeks. If it sits in the freezer any longer than that, it develops freezer burn).
  3. When you’re ready to enjoy your leftover Greek pizza, pop the frozen slices into the oven at 400ºF until the cheese is bubbly (about 10 minutes).

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

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This recipe is…

Vegetarian.

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Greek Pizza


1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pizza
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Topped with feta cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach, this Greek pizza feeds a crowd and comes together in no time.


Ingredients

  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup crushed canned San Marzano tomatoes or Homemade Easy Pizza Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Handful of black olives
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Italian blend of cheese (or mozzarella)
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pizza dough using the stand mixer or food processor method, following the preparation instructions in the recipe if made in advance
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F.
  3. Mix crushed tomatoes with 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Mince 2 cloves garlic. Slice the black olives. Coarsely chop the spinach. Thinly slice the red onion. Drain and chop the sun-dried tomatoes.
  5. 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.
  6. Thinly spread a bit of tomato sauce over the dough, then sprinkle on the minced garlic and mozzarella cheese. Top with olives, spinach, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese crumbles. Sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt.
  7. Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Notes

The prep time listed above only applies if the pizza dough is already made. If you still need to make the dough, allow yourself around 90 minutes to prep all the ingredients.

Keywords: Greek pizza, how to make pizza, homemade pizza recipe

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

27 Comments

  • Reply
    Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    May 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    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

    • Reply
      Sonja
      June 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

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

  • Reply
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    May 31, 2011 at 7:41 am

    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!

  • Reply
    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living
    May 31, 2011 at 7:54 am

    My husband and I have recently declared Friday to be homemade pizza night as well, and this Greek pie looks fantastic! I love the combination of sun dried tomatoes and feta.

  • Reply
    Skinny Fat Kid
    May 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

    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.

  • Reply
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    May 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Pizza Friday – I love it! And this would be a wonderful one to try! Looks great!

  • Reply
    Parsley Sage
    May 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Oooh! Very yummy! Ethnic themed pizzas are the best :)

  • Reply
    Kristine
    May 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    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.

  • Reply
    Mika
    June 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

    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…

    • Reply
      Sonja
      June 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

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

  • Reply
    An Alaskan Cooks | Alaska Food and Wine
    June 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I love the flavors found in Greek cuisine, so the toppings for your pizza caught my attention. Maybe we’ll have to develop our own Friday evening pizza ritual and give your recipe a spin.

  • Reply
    valerie
    June 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    omg that looks delicious!!! A great pizza!! I’ve made lots of them but one like this i have to make it!

  • Reply
    STH
    June 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Sheryl
    June 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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

  • Reply
    DessertForTwo
    June 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Wow-gorgeous photo! Love this tradition :)

  • Reply
    Sonia | Food Obsessed
    June 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    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! :)

  • Reply
    Aarthi
    June 3, 2011 at 12:58 am

    This looks yummy….you have a lovely blog…I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-recipe-and-chocolate.html

  • Reply
    Lindsey@Lindselicious
    June 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Pizza Friday is such a cute idea! This looks great I love the Greek Flavors.

  • Reply
    Val
    August 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

    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.

  • Reply
    Barbie
    October 6, 2011 at 1:14 am

    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….

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    Becky
    April 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    If I don’t have a pizza stone, can I use a well-corn-floured sheet pan?
    Thanks

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      You can! The pizza stone just provides an ideal crust texture…

      • Reply
        Becky
        April 10, 2013 at 6:24 pm

        Making it tonight! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Maria
    October 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Oh, darn – you’ll have to try out the homemade version :)

  • Reply
    Dan
    November 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

    My wife plays with pizza too! Reuben pizza and beef on weck pizza.
    This sounds great but I’ll never get her to make it, because her and my daughter aren’t crazy about Greek like I am! I’ll bookmark it though.

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