Food

Gruyere Pizza with Quinoa, Chard, and Prosciutto

My name is Amanda, and this pizza changed my life. Before today I thought pizza was just ingredients put on a crust. But today… today I realized that pizza is a vessel for happiness inside of my mouth. And I have found the perfect combination of pure edible bliss.

We are constantly getting Swiss Chard in our CSA. The first recipe I made with it was a pasta mustard combo – and it was pretty good. But I quickly realized that to eat Swiss Chard, at least for me, it had to be disguised by something else. Preferably cheese. I came up with this recipe after cooking a few different dishes with Chard. When it came out of the oven and we all took a bite (our friend was over), there was complete silence. I am pretty sure this is the pizza jackpot. AND we can even pretend it is slightly healthy for you! Whole wheat crust! Quinoa! Chard! For the Quinoa, we buy the Costco “Ancient Grains” mixture. It is a reasonable price, cheaper per ounce than plain Quinoa, PLUS it contains lots of other good and yummy things in it. (Millet & Amaranth)

I hope this pizza leaves you as speechless as it left us!

Gruyere Pizza with Quinoa, Chard, and Prosciutto

  • Servings: 3 People
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup Gruyere Cheese – shredded (approximately 5 ounces)
  • 4 cups Swiss Chard
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic – minced
  • 4 slices Prosciutto
  • 3 Tbsp + 1 ½ Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¾ Cup Quinoa/Quinoa Blend (pre-cooked)
  • 1 pound Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Grease 12×14 baking sheet with either Crisco or Cooking Spray
  3. Stretch pizza dough to fit baking sheet (Set aside)
  4. Wash Swiss Chard, remove stems, and chop into small strips
  5. Heat skillet on medium low with 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  6. Add minced Garlic, cook one-two minutes. (Do not let Garlic burn! Gordon Ramsay hates that.)
  7. Add Prosciutto and Quinoa to skillet
  8. Cook 5-6 minutes or until Prosciutto begins to get crispy
  9. Add Chard leaves and 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  10. Sautee until Chard leaves are wilted
  11. Remove from heat
  12. Brush Pizza Dough with 1 ½ Tbsp of Olive Oil and season with Pepper
  13. Sprinkle 1 cup of Gruyere over Pizza Dough evenly
  14. Distribute Chard goodness
  15. Top remaining Gruyere over Chard goodness
  16. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until ingredients are melted and crust is fully cooked
  17. Remove Pizza from baking sheet and slide directly onto oven rack
  18. Bake for 5 more minutes, or until Pizza Crust has reached desired crispiness
  19. Remove from oven and let sit for two minutes before cutting

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Food

Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

In Chicago there was this magical place called Homemade Pizza. You could get all sorts of fun and delicious toppings on a yummy thin crust – and then bake it at home! My favorite was the Georgia, Charlie’s was the Buffalo Chicken (gross). Anyway, since relocating to sunny California, I have been craving Homemade Pizza like crazy! I had never made a real home-made pizza before so I was kind of apprehensive about the dough/baking instrument/ingredients/toppings… everything. After all thirteen of our boxes showed up… (Yes – we packed our entire life into two cars and thirteen boxes) I found Charlie’s old pizza baking tray and felt inspired! I searched for pizza recipes and found this one on Real Simple. I changed some of the ingredients/steps… but it turned out AMAZING! Like Meryl Streep Amazing.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

  • 1 lb pizza dough at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups quattro formaggio (mixture of yummy cheeses of your choice!)
  • 4 oz light cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups marinated artichoke hearts
  • 2 cups spinach
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Form pizza dough into a 12-inch circle on a floured surface. (Note: This is a pain in the biz-utt, make sure the dough is at room temperature – I had to use a rolling pin and a whole lot of perseverance).
  2. Place pizza form onto a baking sheet (with corn meal on the bottom) or pizza pan.
  3. Spread olive oil over crust – sprinkle salt and pepper.
  4. Break cream cheese into small pieces and place on oiled crust.
  5. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cheese over cream cheese and oil.
  6. Quarter artichoke hearts and spread over pizza.
  7. Cover pizza with spinach.
  8. Sprinkle remaining cheese over pizza. (Feel free to add more cheese – you can never have enough!) 🙂
  9. Bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes.

Things I will try next time!

  • Cooking the crust for a little bit prior to dressing it up. (Charlie says this will make it crispier!)
  • Moooore artichokes. Yummy!!
  • Spreading the cream cheese over the pizza dough evenly before adding olive oil and other toppings!