Recently, my friend AnnieMariel and I were bored and took a plane to spend a weekend in NYC… during this visit we had lunch at Co., a new pizza restaurant in Chelsea.
When we were talking about our travels and dining experiences to our French class friends, they asked us to please recreate for them the pizzas we had at Co. They just though they sounded as delicious as we thought they tasted. We described them in such detail they just could not be left out in the dark.
We gathered at the house of another friend, which meant I had to transport everything to her house to make the pizzas. And since I am not dexterous in the bread-making department as you already know… I decided to make these pizzas on Pita bread. Pita bread is perfect and super reliable t make quick pizzas at home and are in the round shape people expect. You already saw the version I did for my “nieces” when we were traveling in Vermont.
Here is what you will need to make this spinach-lover pizza…
POPEYE PITA PIZZA
Makes 1 personal pizza
1 whole-wheat pita bread, the larger the better
About 1 tsp olive oil About 1 tbs gruyere cheese, grated About 1 tbs pecorino romano cheese, grated 3 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese – make sure it’s the fresh kind, not the part-skim processed kind About 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach, washed and dried in a salad spinner Garlic salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- Pre-heat your oven to 450 F.
- Place pita bread in a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle a bit of the olive oil and spread it all over the bread. Grate the gruyere and the pecorino cheeses on top of the pita bread. Place the slices of mozzarella on top. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper.
- Now place as much spinach as you can on top of the pizza. Try to accommodate as much of those 2 handfuls of spinach as possible, because it will cook down a lot. Drizzle with extra olive oil and sprinkle with additional salt and fresh pepper.
- Place in the oven and bake until the edges of the pita bread start to toast.
- Take out of the oven and let it cool off a bit. After about 3 minutes, cut into 4 slices using a pizza wheel slicer.
The girls could not believe how good this pizza was… they were raving all about it for days. My mom had a chance to try it too the next day. She was also impressed at the flavors and the look.