Made this the other night – it was simple, tasty and quick! My kind of dinner. Plus, it had BACON in it – how can you go wrong with that? We experimented with a Pillsbury pizza crust – comes in one of those tubes that explode when you whack them against the counter. The pro’s: easily stored, long shelf life (we constantly buy fresh dough, then end up tossing it when we don’t make pizza for a few days. Pizza is always a last minute thing, so I don’t normally make my own dough, even though it’s easy enough to do), quick and easy. Cons: tastes like croissants…. I think they use the same dough. Kind of a strange flavor for pizza, and it comes in a square shape, so it can be used in a cookie sheet. My stone is round, so I had to ball it up and re roll it. No big deal, just noting it.
Anyway – here is the recipe:
2 heads of garlic
1 pizza dough ball
5 slices bacon, cooked and chopped fine
1 pkg frozen spinach – thawed and VERY well drained – press water out with some paper towels.
( or use fresh if you prefer – frozen was all I had)
2 or 3 cups Ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Pre heat oven to 400 degrees
Cut the tops off the two heads of garlic, exposing the cloves. Wrap in foil with a drizzle of olive oil and about a tbs of water, seal well. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes, until cloves are soft. Set aside to cool.
Spread pizza dough on stone, or cookie sheet that has been dusted with corn meal. Pre bake for about 8 minutes, or until crust is JUST starting to brown.
Squeeze garlic cloves out into a mini chopper, add 3 tbs olive oil, and mix up into a paste ( you can do this in a bowl with a fork, but it takes a lot longer!)
Spread paste evenly over pizza crust. Spread spinach, then the Ricotta. Sprinkle with bacon, and Mozzarella cheese. Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is brown.