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Monday, February 1, 2016

Spinach Pizza Greens

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stuffed spinach pizza recipe

This is an old family recipe, one that my grandmother made and one of my favorites. My grandmother called them pizza greens, and I like to keep these old recipes alive.

I’ve had them on my list to make for quite some time now, so I decided it was time to dust this one off.  Pizza Greens from my grandmother’s kitchen to yours.

They consist of seasoned spinach wrapped in wonderful sweet and soft dough. The original recipe calls for cake yeast, which is very hard to find so I had to convert it to dry yeast. If you have read one my previous post All Purpose Dough Recipe, this is not the same dough this dough is much softer and sweeter.

Here is how we make this dough:

2 package dry yeast
1 Egg Beaten
¼ cup white sugar
½ stick butter
½ cup water (lukewarm)
1 cup warm milk (not too hot)

Add the flour, salt, and butter to a mixing bowl; I use my KitchenAid Stand mixer for the dough. Mix the sugar with the lukewarm water, add the yeast, milk, and egg. Add this to the flour mixture and knead until smooth. Cover and let the dough rise.

The Spinach Filling:

1 bag (16oz.) frozen chopped spinach
2 cloves garlic diced
Salt and pepper to taste

Coat the bottom of a 10-inch skillet with the olive oil, add all of your seasonings and cook until spinach is warm.

cooking the spinach

 I pulled off pieces of the dough and rolled them to about 6 x 6 inches. Fill them with 2 tablespoons of the spinach filling. Fold over each side and pinch the dough together, pinch the corners and fold up, then flip over onto a greased cookie sheet.

recipes spinach pizza

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes until they are golden brown.

spinach pizza roll

What I like about this recipe is that there are so many options to add to the spinach filling, such as mushrooms, sausage, ham, and pepperoni; you decide the options are endless.

This recipe yielded me eight nice pizza greens and I had enough dough left over to make six sandwich buns.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.

18 comments:

  1. Glad I found you and your web site. I enjoy reading your recipes. Going to try this one...adding mushrooms and onions to the spinach. Thanks. Look forward to more posts.

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  2. I do hope you enjoy them, and yes there are so many options mushrooms and onion sound amazing. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week :)

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  3. Oooh, those do sound delicious!

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    1. Thanks Carlee, They are really good, right out of the oven or even cold. Thanks for stopping by have a great week :)

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  4. This looks and smells delicious, Sam! Well, actually I can't smell it, but I can imagine the fragrance with the fresh dough, spinach, and Romano cheese, oh my! Question: Did you use fresh or frozen spinach? The recipe says frozen, but it looks fresh in the picture. I've Yum'd and Pinned for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Susan, Oh it does have a wonderful aroma, I used frozen chopped spinach, but you can use fresh spinach if you like you just have to chop it up. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week :)

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  5. These Look great, Sam. I'll be over for the game if this is what you are serving!

    The Old Fat Guy

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    1. Your welcome for the game for sure!! I'll be rooting for Denver!!! Bring some of your sausage and we'll spice it up a bit.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Martin, I hope you have a great week.

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  7. Yum is right, saving this for later in the week.....

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    1. I hope you enjoy it Olivia, Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Love your recipes, Sam. This one really looks good!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and that kind comment, I do appreciate the feedback. Have a great weekend :)

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  9. Was your grandmother Greek Eugene? This is reminiscent of spanakopitakia, little savory spinach pies we make in countless forms here in Greece!
    If you replace the crushed hot pepper with finely chopped dill and thinly sliced young onion, you got yourself a very nice version of hand pie spanakopita. Add some feta cheese as well if you like (in place of Parmesan):)
    That being said (as an alternative), those pies looks and sound delicious just as they are! And since we adore spinach, we'll be trying them out very very soon!
    Kudos for another yummy idea Sam (you prefer Sam from Eugene, right?)!
    Sending you lots of greetings from Greece!

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    1. Hi Little Cooking Tips, No my grandmother was Italian, and she called these pizza greens, I really don't know why. I'm familiar with the Greek spinach pies and love them as I've had them before. I like these because there are so many options to add whatever you like to the Spinach. Everybody calls me Sam which is my middle name. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Sam it is then!:) Thanx for letting us know, us Greeks and our Italian neighbors (especially in the central and south Italy) share a common ancestry in many cases, as this place was Magna Grecia (Great Greece), with many ancient Greek colonies, especially in Sicily.
    That's why we also use the Italian saying "Una faccia una razza" (one face, one race) here, when we compare Greeks and Italians:)
    So it is only natural that we share sooo many things in our cuisines.
    Your grandmother did a great job with those Italian pies, can't wait to try them!
    Have an amazing weekend Sam!

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    1. Little Cooking Tips, You took the words out of my mouth, I was going to say not Greek but Italian! close enough. I do hope you like them!!!

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