Recipe ReDux: Pizza party – thin-crust apple, spinach & blue cheese pizza

It happens to all of us from time to time – between work, school, kids, pets, hobbies, and the occasional weather snafu, you find yourself long on hunger and short on time. Time to call out for pizza?

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Put down that phone, says this month’s Recipe ReDux! We’re having a pizza party featuring healthy, easy stuff-on-a-crust recipes so you can throw together a satisfying meal and give the delivery guy a night off.

I make pizza at home pretty regularly, but usually with a puffy crust that requires 1-2 hours of rising time before cooking. Recently – per Mr. Eating the Week’s request for wafer-thin crust – I realized that thin-crust pizza doesn’t require the rising step, thus cutting prep time down dramatically.

So it took less than 30 minutes from start to finish for me to throw together tangy, tart, fruit-and-vegetable-y thin-crust pizza like this:

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Follow my recipe below to make up this gourmet-looking apple, blue cheese and spinach pizza for your own pizza party (and don’t forget to collect your tip!).

Thin-crust apple, blue cheese & spinach pizza

The pizza dough is largely based on Cheri’s pizza dough recipe; I’ve modified the ratio of flours, mixing method, and rising time. In my method below, you’re going to make a batch of dry mix, divide it and only use half to combine with the water and yeast, making 1 pizza dough to bake and 1 dry mix to save.

(4 servings [1/4 of pizza each])

Dough:
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
¾ cup very warm water

Toppings:
1 Tbs white wine vinegar
1 Tbs honey
2 Tbs stoneground mustard
2-3 cups spinach
½ Tbs olive oil
1 apple, thinly sliced
½ cup shredded or crumbled blue cheese

Pre-heat the oven to 470 degrees (you may find it works better when even hotter, up to 500 degrees).

Pour the warmest water you can get from your tap into a measuring cup, and add the sugar and yeast.

Combine the flours and salt in a large mixing bowl. Divide the dry mix into two equal parts, and set one aside for later use.

When small bubbles have appeared on the surface of the yeast/sugar/water, pour it into the remaining dry mix. Knead by hand until combined; the dough will be slightly shaggy and sticky. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and use a floured rolling pin to stretch it very thin.

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Transfer the dough onto an oiled baking sheet or a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet. Whisk together the vinegar, honey and mustard, then spread the sauce onto the pizza dough.

Massage the olive oil briefly into the spinach. Top the pizza with half of the apple slices, then all the spinach, then the remaining apple slices. Finish topping with the blue cheese.

Bake in the oven for 11-12 minutes. Slice into small squares, and serve approx. ¼ of the pizza to each recipient.

Did you invite a big crowd to the pizza party? Then check out the full list of pizza ideas from my fellow ReDuxers:

11 comments

  1. Bridget says:

    Oooh I love apples and cheese together, great thinking adding it to a pizza!

  2. Yummy combos – this is one of my favorite salads so why not on a pizza? Never thought about just skipping the rising step if in a hurry – great tip.

    • eatingtheweek says:

      Thanks, it was invented out of necessity one fall when we had So Many Apples and I couldn’t face another pie.

  3. Serena says:

    Put down the phone indeed! (: Great combo of tastes. Like Deanna love the idea of skipping a step!

    • eatingtheweek says:

      When I finally read about it, I couldn’t believe it had never occurred to me before that thin-crust pizza just required skipping the yeast-rising step. Lightbulb moment!

  4. I bet the flavor combination of your pizza is amazing! Apples are the perfect touch :)

  5. I love unexpected toppings on pizza and apple is definitely one of them! Surprisingly so, so good! This looks delicious!

  6. Min says:

    Thin or thick crust..that’s always the dilemma for me. But if I’m pressed for time and don’t want to get takeout, I shall always choose thin crust..and make sure I have some apples and cheese as well ;)

  7. I adore the sweet / savory ingredient combo. Delish!

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