Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pita Pizzas

I don't know that this recipe would be something that would be filling enough for a full meal without serving something along with it (though I don't know what that would be), but it's an excellent party food/appetizer. Just slice it in to wedges and put it on a tray and it looks beautiful and tastes great. The flavors are unbelievable! It's SO simple, but the flavors will rock your socks off. We have served this as a meal before, and while it was enough food for me, Billy felt that it wasn't really "enough" for him. I guess you could always adapt this in some way that it would be enough for a meal.

Anyway, I encourage you to try out this simple dish. For something so simple, it's incredibly full of flavor. It is another Everyday Food find, and I have made a couple of small changes to the original recipe.

Spinach & Pepper Pita Pizzas

Serves 4


* 4 mini whole-wheat pitas
* 2 ounces thinly sliced trimmed spinach (2 cups)
* 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell peppers
* 2 to 3 ounces shredded Havarti cheese
* Coarse salt and ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place pitas on a baking sheet. Top with spinach, peppers, and cheese, dividing evenly. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Bake until cheese is bubbly and golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes.

This is another recipe that Eisley really likes. She always loves "pizzy", as she calls it, but there are some great health benefits to this version of pizza. Red bell peppers are a really great source of Vitamins C, A, and B6, as well as Folate and Potassium. They are deliciously sweet and healthful! Spinach is also of course loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron, as well as fiber.

It may be tempting to make this little pizza with mozerella cheese, since it's the "traditional" pizza cheese, and you can buy it already grated. However, go to the deli section of your store and find the havarti cheese. Most stores carry it, and in my opinion, it's what really makes this pizza so great!

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