The pizza loaded down with veggies... before the cheese was added
I had some leftover homemade wheat pizza dough and decided to put it to use. I found this recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Pink Parsley, and modified it a little bit (She actually adapted it from another favorite of mine, Annie's Eats!). Turned out very yummy! It also helps that Ryan Grilled it on our Kamado Joe. Yes, you heard that right, the weather is nice so we can finally grill again! I long for the warmer weather where most of my food is cooked on the grill... i.e. less dishes to clean!
Broccoli, roasted red peppers, and Spinach Pizza
- 1 serving homemade pizza dough (this recipe makes 2 so just used 1/2 of it)
- 1 Tbs butter
- 1 Tbs flour
- 3/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
- 3 garlic cloves, smashed
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 6 Tbs freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup chopped fresh spinach, packed
- 1 cup roasted red bell peppers (I used the jarred ones)
- 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
NOTE- Ryan insisted that his part of the pizza had pepperoni on it, so I did add that to his "half". He really enjoyed it with the veggies and still felt like he wasn't eating just veggies!
Preheat the oven or the grill to 500 degrees. If using a pizza stone, warm it in the oven for at least 30 minutes.
White Sauce: Melt the butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly until the sauce is golden and bubbly (About 1 minute). Whisk in the milk, add the garlic. Continue to cook and stir often until the mixture becomes thick and begins to bubble (not a rapid boil). Remove from heat, add in the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Then add the parmesan cheese. Either make sure that the garlic is completely mixed in or if it is still pieced together then you can just pick it out and discard it. I like garlic left in, so I just made sure it was not lumpy in the sauce!
Now, roll out the dough, brush the perimeter with olive oil, and spread the milk mixture evenly on top. Now top the pizza with the spinach, broccoli, and roasted red bell pepper. Spread the cheeses over the top. Transfer to your pizza stone or onto the grill and cook for 10-12 minutes. You want the cheese to be bubbly when it is finished.
Enjoy! We had this alongside a nice mixed greens salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. It was a great meal and a good way to get some veggies in it.