Spinach- base pizza topped with a vegetable sauce and grilled chicken, mushrooms and sweetcorn…

by Sunita on July 8, 2007

Phew!! Isn’t that a mouthful…well, actually I did spend quite some time and energy in making this…concentrating on each and every segment…hence did not want to leave out any of them…which of course resulted in this extra large mouthful…sorry if I’ve made you choke…no harm intended…

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making pizzas…well, I do make a duplicate, easy breezy one…but I really wanted to try out the real thing. But me being ‘me’, could not stick to the book and added a few twists here and there… I was quite pleased with the results and so were hubby and the kids…what more can one ask for!!

Although, it may seem quite a lengthy process and some of the readers might be scared stiff and run for the nearest pizza outlet, I would like to say that it’s really not that scary and just requires some time management…and seeing all the great work that fellow bloggers dish out every now and then, and considering the fact that most of them are juggling busy careers, family and of course, blogging, there should be no problem at all…so here’s how I went about making it…the ingredients yielded one big and thick crusted 12 and 1/2 ” pizza and a two smaller ones.

What’s needed-

For the base-

4 c of wholemeal flour
1 and 1/2 tsp dried yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
1 and 1/2 tblsp of salt(more or less)
4 tblsp of olive oil
4-5 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves,washed and passed through a blender with a little water
a glass of warm water

For the sauce-

6-7 tomatoes, sliced
1 carrot, cut into sticks
1 onion, chopped
2-3 pods of garlic, chopped
1/2 a green pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 tblsp of oregano
1 tblsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

For the topping-

4 pieces of chicken, skinned
1-2 tblsp of dried parsely(if using fresh, just chop it finely)
1 tblsp honey
1 tblsp oil
a pinch of chilli powder(more or less)
salt and pepper to taste
5-6 mushrooms,sliced
1-2 handfuls of sweetcorn
100gms of grated cheddar cheese

How to-
The base-

Pre heat the oven at 250 deg cel.

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 3-4 tbsp of the water and let it stand for 10 minutes in a preferably warm place. It should triple in volume.

Add the salt to the flour and mix well. Rub in the oil. Add the spinach and mix well. Add the yeast and the rest of the water and knead till a smooth dough is formed.
Cover the dough with a clean cloth and let it sit for an hour.

Meanwhile, grill the chicken.
How to-

Make incisions on the chicken pieces.

Rub in the honey, parsley, chilli powder, oil , salt and pepper and grill in the pre-heated oven for an hour( approximately)or till nicely browned and cooked through. Turn them over halfway through for even cooking.

Tear the flesh away from the bone and keep aside.
Once the chicken has been popped into the oven, get about making the sauce- How to-

Heat the oil in a pan.

Add the onions and garlic and stir for a minute.

Add the carrots and pepper and stir for another minute.

Add the tomatoes, oregano, season with salt and pepper, stir well and cook covered over low heat till the tomatoes are mushy and it’s not too watery.

Pass the tomato mixture through a blender and cool aside.
By this time the chicken will have been done, the hour for the dough to sit will have been over, and we can get down to assembling the pizza…
Here’s how-

Pre heat the oven at 180 deg cel.

I wanted our’s to be thick and big, so I took a big ball of the dough(2/3 rds) on a floured surface and rolled it out in a circle of 12 and 1/2 ”. Prick lightly all over with a fork.

Spread 2/3 of the sauce( I save the rest for the smaller ones) on to the base, leaving a slight space all round.

Spread the sliced mushrooms, sweetcorn and the grilled chicken over the sauce and top with the grated cheese( again,I saved some for the smaller ones).

Bake in the centre of the pre heated oven for 15-20 min or till the cheese melts and browns nicely.

Last , but not the least, while still hot, cut into wedges and serve.

There, it was done in slightly over an hour…well, everything doesn’t need to be ready in minutes, does it ;=)

The pizzas were quite filling in themselves, we did not need anything else for dinner, last Friday.

Grab a slice if you fancy one…virtually , of course ;=)

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 musical July 8, 2007 at 3:41 pm

Awesome! adding spinach to the dough is a lovely idea Sunita. Would love to try it!

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2 sra July 8, 2007 at 4:24 pm

Quite an innovative attempt, Sunita, the slices look perfect!

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3 sunita July 8, 2007 at 5:03 pm

Musical,thanks…you’re most welcome to try it…nice to have you over…

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4 sunita July 8, 2007 at 5:04 pm

Sra, thanks…glad I tried it…nice to have you drop by…

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5 Sig July 8, 2007 at 9:50 pm

looks yummy sunita, though the grilled chicken is what I can’t stop staring at… I’d just have a piece of that :)

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6 Roopa July 9, 2007 at 3:02 am

wow spinach to the dough is excellent idea. looks fabulous. indeed a whole meal. if my daughter would see this post next week you are to make this just leave the chicken.

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7 Sandeepa July 9, 2007 at 3:07 am

Wow that quite some work Sunita !!! Spinach in the dough is such a nice idea

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8 Mishmash ! July 9, 2007 at 3:11 am

Sunita, that looks like so much of work for a pizza…I will have it if you can serve me a slice :D grilled chicken is what I am looking at now :P

Shn

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9 Cynthia July 9, 2007 at 4:28 am

You have to market this pizza. The crust and topping are highly desirable.

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10 sunita July 9, 2007 at 8:19 am

Sig, actually even I was surprised at how nice the chicken came out…very juicy and subtly flavoured…nice to have you back…

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11 sunita July 9, 2007 at 8:20 am

Roopa, thanks…why not try it…

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12 sunita July 9, 2007 at 8:22 am

Sandeepa,thanks…btw, haven’t seen you around for some time now…on a break?

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13 sunita July 9, 2007 at 8:28 am

Shn, well, it did not feel like that back-breaking hard work…all the segments were quite easy…so…btw, even I think I’m going to make that chicken quite often…and I’d love to serve you a slice anyday…till then , have one virtually ;)

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14 sunita July 9, 2007 at 8:34 am

Cynthia,I’m happy in my small time production for my small family at the moment:)…but if ever I decide to market it, I think I might open an outlet in Barbados,where I’m sure to have at least one loyal customer ;D

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15 Sia July 9, 2007 at 12:17 pm

adding spinach to the base is really cool and innovative. suni, u r becoming a baking fairy now:)

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16 sunita July 9, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Sia, thanks…as for ‘baking fairy’, hmmm, I quite like the sound of it…

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17 Asha July 9, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Just looking at the slices makes me happy.Such a great combination of veggies to use.YUM!Very nice.Thanks Sunita.

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18 sunita July 9, 2007 at 12:38 pm

Asha, thanks and it’s great to have you over…

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19 WokandSpoon July 9, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Wow – that definitely looks like a lot of work! I love your base dough – it’s so original to mix the spinach in! Very creative!

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20 Sharmi July 9, 2007 at 8:11 pm

ohhh that pizza looks a beautiful. I missed so many beautiful posts of yours. your mint turnovers and scones look sinful too.

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21 Roopa July 10, 2007 at 1:03 am

Hi Suni, you have been tagged check out my blog.

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22 sunita July 10, 2007 at 9:04 am

wokandspoon,thanks…there are indeed quite a few steps but not that hard at all….its just that it seems to be overwhelming when you see them in detail…

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23 sunita July 10, 2007 at 9:05 am

Sharmi,thanks and welcome back…better late than never :)

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24 sunita July 10, 2007 at 9:06 am

Roopa, oh dear! now I’ve got to bring all the skeletons out of the cupboard…

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25 Patricia Scarpin July 10, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Sunita, I absolutely love the idea of using spinach in the dough… Wonderful!

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26 sunita July 10, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Patricia, thanks…tasted quite nice actually…nice to have you drop by…

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