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Spinach, Chicken & Chorizo on Whole Wheat Crust

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Sigh....it's that time of the year where we had to defrost our freezer. One of the compartment has more ice than its contents! We can't even close the freezer door at one point because a compartment tray got stuck when we tried to push it in. We had to remove that tray in order to close the freezer door. Ever since then, we've been trying to get rid of all the frozen stuff in order to defrost the freezer. Here's more or less our last batch of stuff to get rid of: half a bag of frozen spinach, some chorizo, a tupperware of frozen chicken...random stuff, so I decided to make a pizza as it's the best way to get rid of random leftovers!


I just figured this is my first pizza post although I've made more than a dozen of them. My pizzas are always fully loaded and mountainous. We love pizzas and always get overexcited and overdo the toppings, so it's always very unsightly but yummilicious. This time, we didn't overdo it and it looked somewhat flat and normal after dressing, so I decided to post it.


This was my first time using spinach as the base, it was really good and according to Jade (our flatmate), it's the best pizza I've made so far. I have to agree as the spinach was really yummy! What can go wrong with chorizo oil, anchovies and garlic right?! It was even better served with chili flakes...yum yum! So here's the recipe for my spinach base pizza. I've been using this dough ever since I found out about it at RecipeGirl's, it's wholewheat, simple and delicious. As for the other toppings, use your favourites or leftovers. I pre-baked the pizza dough because all my toppings were already cooked or half-cooked. If you intend to put fresh or raw stuff like mushrooms, vegetables, raw onions...you don't have to pre-bake the crust.


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Ingredients:


For whole wheat pizza dough:
from RecipeGirl
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Bread Flour
  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp Fast Action Dried Yeast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil


Pizza toppings:
  • 3 Medium Onions - cut into wedges
  • 1 tbs Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 bag (500g) Frozen Spinach - thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 5 tbs Concentrate Tomato Paste
  • 4 Anchovy fillets, in olive oil - minced
  • 3 cloves Garlic - minced
  • 200g Chorizo - sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Chicken
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese


Directions:


For whole wheat pizza dough:
  • Place flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor. Briefly pulse to mix.
  • Combine warm water and olive oil in a cup.
  • Gradually pour liquid into processor while motor is running on low speed.
  • Process until dough forms a ball on the blade and doesn't stick to the walls.
  • Remove dough from food processor and form a ball.
  • Place dough in a lightly greased mixing bowl, cover with clingfilm and let it rest for 30 mins.
  • Shape the dough.
  • Brush a thin layer of olive oil on crust.
  • Bake at 250°C for about 5 mins.
  • Take out the crust, put toppings.


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For toppings:
  • For caramelised onions. Heat up oil in pan. Add in onions, a pinch of salt and brown sugar. Lower heat to medium/ low. Stir occasionally. Cook onions until browned. Leave aside for later use.
  • Place chorizo in a heated pan.
  • Fry until oil is released. Chorizos don't have to be fully cooked.
  • Remove chorizo from pan, place aside for later use.
  • Leave about 1 tbs of oil in pan.
  • Add garlic and fry until fragrant.
  • Stir in tomato paste and fry until fragrant.
  • Add drained spinach and anchovies.
  • Mix to combine. Add a few tablespoons of water if too dry. It should be moist but not wet.
  • Add salt to taste or just leave if your other toppings are well seasoned.
  • Spread spinach onto crust, followed by caramelised onions, shredded chicken, chorizo and lastly the cheese.
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  • Continue baking for a further 10-15 mins or until cheese is melted and crust is browned.
  • Cut and serve with some chili flakes!


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37 oink oinks...:

Robin Sue said...

I agree that this is agreat looking pizza and you can't go wrong with chorizo- love the stuff!

katie said...

mmmm... nice spanish chorizo. I have mocilla sitting in my fridge. My bf used the last of the mexican chorizo on a potato hash, but the spanish one can be totally cut and served as such.

I'm think really spanish-- spinach but garbanzo's too!

duodishes said...

We support chorizo all the way! The crust also sounds good.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, that looks and sounds mighty scrumptious! Drool, drool...

Cheers,

Rosa

Heather said...

oh my gosh, that sounds amazing. i love chorizo! did you catch cat cora making her own from scratch on iron chef this weekend?

burpandslurp said...

OINK OINK! call me a pig because I'm gonna devour that ALL!

Bunny said...

All your leftovers made one heck of a pizza!! It looks fantastic!!

Jenn said...

mmmmm...pizza. always a crowd pleaser. I love that you made it on whole wheat crust.

email2me said...

It looks like a very healthy pizza to me :D

My Asian Kitchen said...

what a healthy way to make pizza!! I wanna a piece plzzzzz...

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Your pizza looks so scrumptious ad I love the combination of chicken and chorizo. Like an alternative to the club sandwich!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller88 said...

Very scrumptious indeed! I have not blogged about homemade pizzas too! I use Jamie Olive's dough by hand. I love thin crust, usually we will keep making several in one evening with friends so it's like a pizza buffet and the friends can create own toppings and then share. I have realised too that less is more in terms of topping.
I have 2 small pizza doughs in the freezer, good idea to make pizza tonight. Have you tried using buffalo mozzerella cheese, taste very Italian!

Happy cook said...

Wow they look beautiful and you can serve me this delicous pizza any time of the day/night.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow love the crust.....topping make me drool...Awesome and tempting pics...

Girl Japan said...

Ohh.. la la la, looking fab as ever, hey I don't have enough ingredients to defrost anything.. lol BTW, were you able to get my e-mail?

ICook4Fun said...

That is one healthy looking pizza. I just made one last week but it was the unhealthy version :)

Joan Nova said...

I would definitely oink-oink for this!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Oink oink again. How can I stop. Moreish pizza, just like we love them! I thought only my freezer misbehave...YAY, to see I have company!!

Grace said...

a pizza is the perfect home for those leftover ingredients! it looks completely delicious. now, aren't you glad you defrosted your freezer? :)

doggybloggy said...

as a part of the chorizo committee you are hereby granted total oinkablity .....I know I dont make any sense- I am drunk off the looks of this pizza

tigerfish said...

That's perfect pizza!

lisaiscooking said...

Your pizza looks great! I like the flavor of a whole wheat crust, and spinach is a favorite topping of mine.

Pam said...

Nice. This is my kind of pizza!

Elra said...

Gosh, how can I resist a meal like this? I wouldn't stop at one slice for real.

Dawn said...

Now that's a good looking pizza!

yAnn said...

This looks yummy! Love how the cheese melts.
Very coincidentally, we made pizza tonight too - although it was out of sheer laziness since we bought ready-made dough.

pinkstripes said...

Looks fantastic!

ttfn300 said...

that looks fantastic, i could totally go for a slice right now :)

Wild Boar said...

It was depressingly healthy lol.

mycookinghut said...

Chorizo is definitely a good idea ... :)

Christina Kim said...

I LOVE PIZZAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!! what a fantastic flavor combo, esp the chorizo.

Soma said...

Looks sooo moreish, esp with the caramelized onions & the wheat crust.

5 Star Foodie said...

Fabulous pizza with whole wheat crust and chorizo! Yum!

Reeni♥ said...

How delicious!! I love the spinach base and the crust looks great! Yummy toppings!

noobcook said...

Yum yum. Your pizza and the generous cheese looks superb!

Chef E said...

Ah, pick me up off the floor! I have to make that ASAP, I feel a lack of good pizza lately, and you have created a damn good looking dish there, really!

pigpigscorner said...

Robin: Thank you =) and chorizo rocks! I always keep some in the freezer.

Katie: Chorizo in potato has sounds yummy! Another great use of chorizo! And with garbanzo? interesting...

duodishes: THe crust is really simple and yummy. And it sounds relatively healthy. I always use this recipe for me pizzas now.

Rosa: Thank you =) The chorizo makes a huge difference =)

Heather: I love chorizo too! What? she made chorizo from scratch? I kinda stopped following iron chef for awhile. I should probably look it up on youtube or something!

Sophia:You PIG! haha

Carol: Thank you =) I love cooking with leftovers!

Jenn: yeap I agree. We all love pizza day!

Ken:WIth the wholewheat crust and spinach heh...LOL but not with the chorizo!

My Asian Kitchen: hehe...that's why I love to make pizza at home. Sounds relatively healthy heh..

Lorraine: Thank you =) Pizza is always better than a sandwich!

Janet: This crust can be thin too if you don't let it rest for too long. I personally like thick crust though and I love eating the crust. A pizza buffet sounds like fun!

Happy cook: Thank you =) I can eat that all day too!

Kitchen Flavours: Me too! I love making this crust.

April: What do you have in your freezer then? Mine is always clogged up with random stuff. And I didn't get your email!

ICook4Fun: It sure is...without the chorizo...but it's so good with it! And a healthy pizza without such meat is a bit sad =P

Joan: hehe..oink!

Deeba: lol I hate it when I have to defrost the freezer. Water everywhere...eww

Grace: Yeap I agree! Yea..it looks really clean and empty now, but the process of defrosting is really a pain =(

doggybloggy:lol..just oink!

tigerfish: healthy and yummy heh =)

lisa: Thank you =) This is actually my first time using spinach as a topping...love it!

Pam: Thank you =)

Elra: I wanted the whole pizza to myself! lol

Dawn: Thank you =)

yAnn: No way! You should really try making pizza dough yourself. It's really easy!

pinkstripesThank you =)

ttfn300: Thank you =) go ahead!

mycookinghut:Yeap I agree! It's currently my favourite topping!

Christina: ME TOO =)

Soma: hehe...I love caramelised onions too!

Natasha: The chorizo adds so much flavour to the pizza! yum yum!

Reeni: Yeap, the crust is really simple and good! And healthy!

noobcook: I was tempted to add more cheese...but then...the chorizo stopped me =P

Elizabeth: LOL thank you =) yes, you should definitely MAKE SOME NOW!

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