Deep Dish Spinach Pizza


Deep Dish Pizza Crust

1 pound of fresh spinach, thoroughly washed and stemmed
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 lb of pizza dough
1 1/2 cups of shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/4 cup of thick tomato sauce

Place spinach in a large saucepan with a little olive oil, cover and cook over medium heat for three to four
minutes, until the spinach wilts. Remove from heat, and place spinach in a colander pressing out any excess
liquid, then chop.

Heat oil in a same pan, add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add spinach and mix with a fork for a minute or so.
Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Lightly oil a 9-inch round baking pan at least 1 1/2 inches deep. Roll dough into a
12-inch circle and fit into pan. Dough should just cover the bottom and sides of the pan with no overhang.

In a bowl mix cheeses together and spread 1 1/2 cups of the cheese mixture in the pan. Spread a little tomato
sauce over the cheese, covering the cheese completely. Spread half the spinach over the tomato sauce,
breaking up any clumps with your hands or a fork then spread a little more cheese then more spinach then more
tomato sauce on top of the spinach leaving enough room to see the spinach as a border. Top the sauce with the
rest of mozzarella cheese, leaving enough room to see the spinach.

Bake in preheated oven 25 minutes, or until cheese and crust are golden and filling is bubbly. Remove from oven
and allow to sit for 5 minutes before cutting.
Yield one 9-inch deep-dish pizza, serving 6 to 8