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White Pizza with Spinach

Makes 1 12” pizza

OVEN TEMPERATURE

600°F - 700°F

cook time

90 seconds to 3 minutes

ingredients

Yeast pizza dough or sourdough pizza dough

Bechamel:
28g (2 TBSP) salted butter
15g (2 TBSP) all-purpose flour
300ml (1 1/4 cups) whole milk
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt and ground white pepper to taste

5oz baby spinach

Shredded mozzarella

Olive oil

 

directions

For the bechamel: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add the flour and whisk together until incorporated. Whisk constantly and cook, without letting it brown, essentially forming a roux. Slowly drizzle in the milk while whisking the roux. Bring to a boil and season with salt, ground white pepper, and nutmeg. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Store in a clean bowl and lay a piece of saran wrap right on the surface of the béchamel to avoid a skin forming.

When ready to assemble, spread béchamel sauce onto pizza dough (you won’t need all of the sauce, just some; save the rest for other applications or more pizza!), then spread spinach all over the surface. Sprinkle mozzarella over spinach. Drizzle olive oil and bake in the Cru oven.

For a traditional Neapolitan crust bake at 800°-900°F for about 90 seconds turning frequently to prevent burning. For a firmer crust bake around 650°F for abut 4 minutes rotating as needed to ensure even baking. Whatever your temperature always watch your pizza closely.

If your crust is cooked but you want your toppings to brown more, slide the peel underneath your pizza and lift the entire pizza closer to the oven ceiling. As the intense heat rises in the oven, it gathers in the oven's roof. This method takes advantage of that radiant heat, which further caramelizes your cheese and toppings.

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