Spinach + Feta Pizza
…Yes, Pizza can be healthi(er)
Years ago I loved nothing more on a Saturdays night than a Papa Johns BBQ Chicken pizza…XXL, to myself. Yep, the whole damn thing! Without thinking how much I was consuming, I just ate away and then felt ridiculously stuffed afterwards, not to mention the gallon of water I’d drink throughout the night because of the salt content!
I love cooking so I thought, why not try making my own?! So I did and I’ve never had a Papa Johns since, Sorry John! Now I know exactly what I’m putting into my pizza and bye bye dehydration. I used to use white flour but I really really love the rustic feel of the brown base, plus it fills me up a lot quicker.
Spinach and Feta is my current favourite pizza topping, Its super easy, tastes incredible and most importantly, it’s healthier than your regular shop bought or takeout pizza. So guess what I’m having for dinner tonight?!
200g Strong Brown Flour
7g Dried Yeast
140g Lukewarm Water (lukewarm water activates the yeast so you have a fluffy dough)
Pinch of Salt
100g Passata (One with just tomatoes)
1 tbs Dried Basil or 1/2 Cup of Fresh Leaves
1 Cup of Spinach
100g Feta Cheese
In a jug, sprinkle the yeast and salt on top of the lukewarm water and leave to do its magic for 5 mins.
Measure the flour into a mixing bowl then add the water/yeast mix after the 5 mins.
Bind the ingredients until all the water has mixed with the flour and looks like a sticky mess.
On a floured board or worktop, transfer the dough and kneed; stretch the dough using the base of your palms and folding it back onto itself for about 5 mins. It will start to look elasticated.
Form the dough into a ball and pop it back into the mixing bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave for about an hour or until doubled in size.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the passata and herbs together to infuse, then leave to one side until the dough is ready.
Once the dough has doubled, take it out onto a floured board and carefully stretch the edges to make your round base. keep your surface floured so your base doesn’t stick.
When you have the shape you want, place the base onto a pizza pan. Take your tomato and basil sauce and with the back of a tablespoon spread onto the dough base, keep an inch free tomato sauce space from the edge of the dough.
Next, sprinkle on your spinach then scatter the feta on top.
Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 mins at 200C/392F
Voila! Easy, healthy and super tasty pizza!
This makes 1 medium size pizza and serves 2.