Here in Indianapolis we have a wonderful local gourmet pizza place called Bazbeaux Pizza. They have a lengthy menu with lots of fantastic signature pizzas, topped with unique combinations of ingredients. It is one of those restaurants that always sounds great to me. Every time I have ever been, I have ordered something new because they have so many yummy options on the menu, and I’m doing my best to try them all :) Last time I went, I decided to try their Greek pizza since I have been on a bit of a Greek kick lately. Not surprisingly, this pizza was phenomenal – maybe the best I’ve had there. And even though it was only a few weeks ago, I’ve been craving it ever since. I decided to take a shot at recreating this fabulous restaurant find at home.
Oh.My.Gosh. I never would have thought I could come this close to the real thing, especially on my first attempt, but honestly this was every bit as good as what I had in the restaurant. I started out with my favorite pizza crust, and then just looked at their menu to be sure I didn’t forget anything. I used my new favorite homemade pizza sauce, layered with fresh spinach, topped with a blend of cheeses close to what Bazbeaux uses, and finished off with black olives, red onion, and feta. I also added a few fresh herbs from my garden for color. I always look forward to going to Bazbeaux, but I won’t be ordering this again since now I can make it just as well at home!
½ batch perfect pizza crust
Homemade pizza sauce
Fresh baby spinach leaves
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Shredded Pecorino Romano cheese
Sliced black olives
Chopped red onion
Crumbled feta cheese
Chopped fresh herbs (basil, oregano, or whatever you like)
Preheat the oven and a pizza stone to 500° F. Allow the stone to heat for at least 30 minutes. In the mean time, cut a round of parchment paper the size of your pizza stone. Sprinkle lightly with cornmeal or semolina flour. Gently roll out the pizza dough into a large circle, leaving a thicker ring around the edge for the crust. Brush a light coat of olive oil around the outer edge. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over the crust. Layer with fresh baby spinach leaves. Sprinkle with a layer of mozzarella cheese, and then Romano cheese. Top evenly with black olives, chopped red onion, and crumbled feta cheese. Sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs, if desired, and season with salt and pepper. Once assembled, carefully transfer the parchment round and pizza to the preheated baking stone and return to the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and browned. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Source: Annie’s Eats original