This Spinach Artichoke and Ham Pizza was inspired by Artichoke Pizza in New York. The pizza was topped with a cheesy spinach artichoke dip, ham and mozzarella. It was one of the best pizzas that I have made, and I will definitely be making it again. If you do not have ham you could make a vegetarian version of this pizza, or your could add prosciutto or cooked bacon.
Charles and I made a pizza with two different toppings, the other half was Hawaiian. I used a pound of pizza dough from Whole Foods, and it made a 10 x 15 inch pizza. I have adjusted the recipe to make a whole 10 x 15 inch pizza.
You will need:
Butter, for greasing the pan
1 pound Pizza dough
1/2 cup Mascarpone
2 pounds Spinach
3/4 cup shredded Pecorino (or similar hard salty Italian cheese)
Salt and Pepper
1 10 ounce can of Artichokes, chopped
3/4 cup thinly sliced Ham
3/4 cup chopped fresh Mozzarella
Butter a 10 x 15 inch pan (or a pan of a similar size), and stretch out the dough on the pan. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. I like to use butter to grease the pan because I think it makes the crust a bit crisper.
In a skillet over medium heat, melt the mascarpone over medium low heat. Then add the spinach. Place a lid over the skillet, this will help cook the spinach more quickly. Stir after a minute. Once the spinach has all wilted and cooked, add the pecorino, and salt and pepper to taste. Then stir in the artichokes.
Spread the spinach and artichoke mixture over the dough. Then top with the ham and the mozzarella. Add a little more pecorino if you want.
Bake for about 25 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and the dough has browned.