It’s funny how the internet can connect us to places we’ve never been to. To people we’ve never met. Such is the case with this wonderful pizza. Whenever I make it, I think of the lovely Annie and the little pizzeria in her hometown that came up with this wonderful pie. I’ve always been a fan of a good white pizza. But the spinach and broccoli which adorn the top of this really make it unique and memorable.
The sauce is rich and creamy, with just a hint of garlic. The spinach is nice and tender, and the broccoli gets slightly roasted – intensifying the flavor. The combination of mozzarella and cheddar on top is definitely the win, too. Did you know that cheese is actually better; gooier and stringier, when a combination of cheeses are used? Alton Brown. Most pizza dough recipes yield enough dough for 2 pizzas, so I’ll usually do one standard pepperoni and then mix it up with something like spinocolli. It’s become a favorite here on pizza nights. Thanks so much, Annie!
For the white sauce:
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. flour
3/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
1 clove garlic, smashed
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
For the pizza:
Olive oil, for brushing
1/2 cup packed baby spinach leaves, torn
1 cup very small broccoli florets
2 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
To make the white sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until bubbling and light golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the heavy cream and garlic, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from the heat and whisk in the grated Parmesan until completely melted and smooth. Discard the garlic clove. (Note: This will make a bit more sauce than you need for the pizza, but with a little extra cheese it makes a great dipping sauce for crust.)
To make the pizza, preheat the oven and a pizza stone at 500? F for at least 30 minutes. Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round. Lightly brush the perimeter of the dough with olive oil. Spread a thin layer of the white sauce over the crust, leaving a border clear around the edge for the crust. Sprinkle the torn spinach leaves over the white sauce. Evenly distribute the broccoli florets over the dough. Layer evenly with the shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Finish with additional grated Parmesan, if desired. Transfer the pizza to the preheated pizza stone and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
Source: Annie’s Eats