Beet Pizza with Feta and Spinach

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*Note- Sorry this sent out yesterday, someone was not paying attention to when February started! Those of you who signed up for my newsletter got a sneak peak!

Okay, bear with me here. I know this sounds REALLY weird, and I am sure a heck of a lot of people are turning their noses up at this right now, BUT I promise you this is good, really good. Steve ate 3 slices, and then took the leftovers for his dinner this weekend….actually I was a little bummed as that meant I couldn’t have it. It was so so good!

I also used a new pizza dough recipe, and this one was delicious, and using this new method, it was lovely and crispy! I am excited to see what you bring Confessions of a Mother Runner and I for Meatless Monday today! Not sure what I am talking about, you can check it out HERE.

I will get back to the pizza in a moment, but firstly, I just wanted to thank you for all your feedback on my post last Friday about where I am taking this blog. Sounds like I need to carry on as I am, which is a good thing, but I will definitely be including a lot more behind the scenes as an elite rambles.

I hope you had a Marvelous weekend, ??

This delicious, healthy pizza is made with pureed beets instead of tomato sauce. Absolutely delicious, and a favorite of elite runner @tinamuir88

Beet Pizza with Feta and Spinach

Serves 3 (3 slices each)

Preparation time: 1hr 30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 batch of slightly modified Bobby Flay Pizza Dough (I made a full batch and put half in the freezer!)

2 cups bread flour (keeps it crispy)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon honey
1 envelope instant dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

2 whole beets, peeled, and cooked (or one jar, drained)

1 tsp oil

1 tbsp vinegar

1 cup feta cheese

1/2 cup another cheese (I used cheddar)

1/4 cup banana peppers

1/2 cup spinach, ripped into small chunks

Instructions

Make the dough (slightly modified from Bobby Flay website)

Combine the flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn the mixer up to a medium speed, and allow to knead for 3-5 minutes until elastic…..or follow Bobbys directions, and do it by hand 🙂

Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour.* Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover one with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes, cover the other in cling wrap, and freeze.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500 degrees with your pizza stone inside as it heats.

Puree the beets in a food processor, and add the vinegar and 1 tsp oil.

Roll out the dough onto parchment paper (this can be quite tricky!) to your desired base thickness, and transfer to the pizza stone carefully. Spread 2/3 of the beet paste on the dough like you would tomato paste. and cover with cheddar, and half the feta. Add the spinach and banana peppers,and then add the remaining feta. Drop the rest of the beet paste in blobs around the pizza.

Cook for 7 minutes, turn around, and cook for another 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is starting to turn golden brown.

Remove from the oven, and slice.

* I turn the oven on for 1-2 minutes, until warm enough that you would want to climb into it and sleep, turn off, and leave, covered in there.

Nutritional Information (3 slices- thats a pretty big serving!)

595 calories, 27g fat, 1490mg sodium, 45g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 7g sugar 45mg cholesterol, 15g protein

This definitely falls under the #StrangeButGood Category!


What strange combination have you used in the kitchen that turned out to be a new favorite?

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32 Comments. Leave new

  • carla birnberg
    February 2, 2015 5:17 am

    I have never ever ever eaten a beet.
    I DO LOVE ME SOME COLOR OF PURPLE 🙂 Im not sure what my reasoning is for avoiding 🙂 but I have…for now…till now.

  • Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
    February 2, 2015 6:01 am

    Beets on a pizza is clever. I like that you added banana peppers too. Thanks for the linkup!

  • Lake Shore Runner
    February 2, 2015 6:16 am

    I have been on a real big beet kick lately. And I love anything with feta and banana peppers. I think the flavor combo sounds awesome 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

  • I love beets and especially the combo of beets and feta! I’ll make this pizza and the good/bad news is that in my family, I’ll have it all to myself! Already pinned it..

  • This is actually just like my Winter Harvest Pizza! Beets are amazing on pizza, and I used cottage cheese, but the salty bite of the feta would be perfect as well! NOM

  • Michele Rosen
    February 2, 2015 6:49 am

    I’m such a fan of beets. I’m sure this is incredible!

  • I LOVE the combo of beets and feta- sounds amazing to me!!

  • You didn’t need to say anymore after sharing that Steve had 3 slices. If a guy can enjoy a healthy and delicious pizza, then I’m sold! By the way, I miss you! Can we please have a catch up phone call soon?

  • this does not sound weird at all, in fact, i love! i have been on a beet kick! and you wanna know what’s weird but I still ate? When I lived in brazil they put tuna on their pizza!

  • I love beets and feta this looks great! I really like that simple crust recipe too! Happy Meatless Monday!

  • Pizza is easily my favorite food of all time. Can’t wait to try this!

  • This sounds so cool! I actually love beets and think this recipe sounds super yummy.

  • I have been getting a lot of beets in my CSA boxes, and they are so good! I eat so many of them, that my pee turns pink. I never thought to put them on pizza.. another yummy recipe Tina!

  • I loveeee goat cheese with sweet potatoes… is that weird?? I guess people make sweet potato pizza… but I feel like banana peppers are weird with everything but also delicious with everything!!

  • I can’t think of anything right now, but I always feel that I have random/strange combos that turn out well…It is usually my throw it together “kitchen sink” kind of meals. Or it is the ugliest meals that turn out to be the most delicious. HAHA!

  • Sprint2theTable
    February 2, 2015 10:56 am

    I think this sounds awesome! I love beets – I’ll put them in anything. I once just blended them into the crust. It was a cool purple!

  • Now this is my kind of pizza! Beets, spinach, and feta.. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
    February 2, 2015 12:52 pm

    This looks delicious! I never would have thought to put beets on a pizza but sounds so good. Love the color too!

  • Chaitali Shah
    February 2, 2015 1:24 pm

    This looks so pretty! I love beets but I’ve never thought to put them on pizza. Though I’m not sure if I could convince my husband to give this one a try.

  • I’ve been reading blogs for so long now that I’m pretty sure no combination sounds too crazy for me. And I actually really enjoy beets, so they sound awesome as a pizza topper 🙂

  • This pizza looks delicious, especially the beets and feta combination! Maybe this is how I can finally get my husband to eat beets :).

  • I’ve never put beets onto pizza before, but color me intrigued. Feta is always a delicious topping, so I have to think that the final product is just delicious. And beautiful, to boot! Nice recipe, and thanks for hosting the link-up as always!

  • Very nice recipe of colourful pizza, I really liked the combination of beet,feta and spinach. Thanks for sharing.

  • I have never had beets if you can believe it! I may need to try them, this looks delicious!

  • I love the combo of beets and feta. My hubs? Not so much. He had a bad, bad experience with beets a long time ago and won’t even let me bring them in house. Maybe I could sneak some in just for me???

  • WOW! You had me at beets! this looks incredible and I cannot wait to try it!!!

  • Looks like a winning flavor combo to me!!

  • Emma Cross Moyer
    February 3, 2015 12:24 pm

    Tina- I love your blog format. Which do you use? WordPress? Which template? Sorry 20 questions. Just read your post on Mommy Run Faster and totally going to start doing those. I will never get a 16 min 5K but maybe I can shave a few off my current PR!

    EMMA @ BE MOM STRONG

    • Hi Emma! Yes, wordpress, but I am not sure what theme, I had it set up for me by a friend. I can probably find out though? Awww thanks for your support, yes, they are tough workouts, but they really help! Best of luck, hope all is well 🙂

  • I’ll admit that I never would have paired beets with pizza! I love beets and I love pizza too so I’m sure that this recipe would be wonderful!

  • This is right up my alley! YUM! I made homemade pizzas this weekend – I can’t wait to make this! 🙂

  • This looks AMAZING! I love beets. Never really thought to add them to pizza!

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