Pizza with wilted spinach, ricotta and pickled shallots

June 13, 2013

Pizza with wilted spinach and ricotta-pickled shallots

Though it’s a year-round favorite of mine, this pizza recipe is never better than in the spring and fall, when you can get just-picked spinach from your farmers’ market (or from your vegetable garden!). In truth, it’s my own abundant harvest of young spinach that gave birth to this recipe.

Here, the spinach is sautéed until barely wilted to preserve its mellow green flavor. The other ingredients need to complement the spinach – not overwhelm it – and for cheese, that means ricotta! It adds a delicious moisture and lightness to the pizza, without overpowering the delicate wilted greens. Then a little Parmesan is added for a hint of saltiness, and pickled shallots are scattered on top of the pie – their tanginess brings an amazing punch, drawing out the flavors of the other toppings!

Light and flavorful, this pizza is perfect weekend fare.

Wilted spinach

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Pizza with wilted spinach and ricotta-pickled shallots

Here’s another superb pizza with wilted greens: Escarole pizza with cave-aged Gruyère and walnuts

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