Grilled Pizza with Spinach and Feta Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Grilled Pizza with Spinach and Feta

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Grilled Pizza with Spinach and Feta

Grilling produces an exceptionally light and crisp pizza crust. You will need a covered charcoal grill or gas grill with 2 burners to properly grill pizza using indirect heat. If time is limited, you can also use prepared or purchased pizza dough.

  • 8Servings

Ingredients

Pizza

  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 16 to 24 cherry and/or yellow pear tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 pkg. quick-rising yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 bunches scallions (white and light green parts), chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. fresh spinach, stemmed

Preparation

Pizza dough: In food processor, combine flour, cornmeal, yeast, salt and sugar and pulse on and off to mix. In small saucepan or glass measuring cup, combine 2/3 cup water and 1 teaspoon oil. Heat on stovetop or in microwave until hot to the touch. An instant-read thermometer should register between 110°F and 120°F.

With food processor motor running, gradually pour hot liquid through feed tube. Process until dough forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead. (If mixture is too dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water.)

Transfer dough to lightly floured surface. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes. (Dough can be prepared 1 day ahead and refrigerated.)

Meanwhile, in large pot, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add scallions and garlic and cook, stirring, until just softened, 30 to 60 seconds. Add spinach and cook, tossing with tongs, just until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain spinach mixture in colander, pressing out moisture.

In medium bowl, mix ricotta, salt, pepper and cayenne. Stir in spinach mixture, feta and dill.

Prepare grill for indirect cooking: If using charcoal grill, build a hot fire in one half of grill. If using gas grill, preheat one burner on high, leaving the other unlit.

Dust 2 baking sheets with cornmeal. Divide pizza dough into 4 pieces. On lightly floured surface, roll each piece into 8-inch circle. Place 2 dough circles on each prepared baking sheet. Bring crusts and spinach topping to grill.

Using your hands, transfer 2 dough circles to hot side of grill. Cover grill and cook until dough has puffed and underside is light golden, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Using tongs, flip crusts over and place on cooler side of grill. Spread one-quarter of topping (about 1 cup) over each crust. Top with half of tomatoes. Cover and cook until crusts are crisp and topping is heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining crusts, topping and tomatoes. Serve right away.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 475
  • Carbohydrate Content: 61 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 50 mg
  • Fat Content: 17 g
  • Fiber Content: 7 g
  • Protein Content: 21 g
  • Sodium Content: 447 mg