Spinach and Feta Thin Crust Pizza

This is a great week night meal, especially if you are able to buy pizza dough from your local pizzeria. I hear some pizza chefs get "offended" if you try to buy dough from them - so it is a good idea to ask "does your chef allow his dough to be purchased?" - I personally have never ran into a problem. You can always make your own dough in advance too! They have many easy recipes online, one of my favorites from John Ross.

1 small pizza dough
2 tbs olive oil (to brush on pizza dough)
1 small package baby spinach (about 1 1/2-2 cups)
1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 tbs olive oil (1 tbs to wilt spinach, 1 tbs to saute onions)
2 tbs garlic powder
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup tomato sauce
Red pepper flakes, to taste
2 tbs panko flakes (optional)
* Served with garlic knots


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. If you are using a pizza stone, let it preheat as well.

2. In a small saute pan on medium/low heat, saute spinach with 1 tbs olive oil for about 2 minutes, until wilted. Remove from pan and let cool. In the same pan, heat 1 tbs olive oil and saute onions for a few minutes, until softened. Remove from pan and place aside with spinach.

3. Roll/Spread dough out very thin. I cut my pizza dough in half and made two smaller pizzas (although they were oddly shaped) to allow a very thin crust. Brush your dough with a small amount of olive oil, just to coat the top. Place a few panko flakes on pizza stone, and place your dough on stone. Bake dough in oven for about 5 minutes, remove from oven.

4. Coat pizza dough with a thin layer of sauce. Spread on some onion and spinach over sauce. Add some feta and mozzarella cheese - and then add a few more pieces of spinach on top. Sprinkle garlic powder. Place pizza back onto pizza stone and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes, until golden brown. Garnish with red pepper flakes.


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