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Garlic Herb Pizza w/Olive Oil, Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers, & Salami

Posted Jan 12 2011 12:00am

Yesterday, I posted a picture of the super-yummy pizza we had for dinner.  While, I may be a tease, I keep my promises.  Below you’ll find all the foodie-licious details.

First, I should explain that this pizza was extremely time-consuming and thought intensive to make. I apologize for the complexities.  Hopefully, you’ll be able to get around it to try it yourself sometime soon.

Step One: Stroll through Trader Joe’s for inspiration and amazing food.

Step Two: Throw (or gently place) interesting foods in pretty packaging into your cart.

Step Three: Buy a bunch of other stuff you probably don’t need and drive home.

Step Four: Get your pizza on!

(As you’re reading this know that despite being a type-A person, this is how I almost always throw a meal together usually it does not work out this well let me tell you!)

This pizza contained all of seven ingredients… Brace yourself… Fresh mozzarella, dry Italian salami, diced roasted red peppers, chopped fresh organic spinach, olive oil, oregano, and Trader Joe’s ready-made garlic herb pizza dough (only $1.29).

This pizza dough was unbelievably easy to use, had great flavor and was a perfect price.  Normally I would make my own, but for $1.29, I would much rather let the ever-capable people at Trader Joe’s do it for me.  It didn’t even need to rise; just let it rest for 20 minutes, then stretch into shape. I highly recommend it.  It also came in a few other flavors I can’t recall, but the garlic and herb flavors in this one were incredible, so I am sure they’re good as well.

While the dough was resting I prepped my toppings….Fresh mozz, spinach, salami and roasted red peppers.

Next, I failed at pizza tossing and got the dough stretched into shape and onto a cookie sheet greased with olive oil.  As you can see, I won’t be entering a pizza tossing competition anytime soon.

In lieu of a red sauce, which would fight the fresh flavors of crust, I added a tiny bit of olive oil as a base.

Next, add the cheese-please…

Then the dry Italian salami (or whatever meat you choose)

Next up, fresh spinach (in hindsight, I wish I had added more)

Diced roasted red peppers and a dash of oregano on top…

In the oven @ 400º for 30 minutes…

Waiting impatiently…

And VOILA! Dinner is done!

I wish I could describe the flavors of this meal for you.  All I can say is try it for yourself.  We were both “mmm-ing” (it’s my blog, I can make up words when I want) all the way through dinner!


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