Friday, March 8, 2013

Turkey Pesto Spinach Pizza (Pizza Night!)

Turkey Pesto Spinach Pizza (Pizza Night!)

Cubed turkey tossed with pesto then used to top pizza with spinach and cheese.

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Cubed turkey tossed with pesto then used to top pizza with spinach and Manchego cheese. A tasty way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftover turkey!
new photo from 2015!

This was my second attempt at the 'make a pizza using leftover turkey' concept.  I'm posting it before the first one (which was also quite delicious) primarily because I'm just in a spinach mood.  I'd gotten bunches of spinach from the farm share and it was finding its way into everything.

Cubed turkey tossed with pesto then used to top pizza with spinach and Manchego cheese. A tasty way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftover turkey!


Since I keep a stash of pesto in the freezer, it's easy to grab a couple of cubes when I want to add a hit of basil flavor to a meal.  This was no exception.  I set the pesto cubes in a bowl to thaw and tossed the cubed turkey on top, so it became marinated in the pesto by the time I was ready to top the pizza.


Cubed turkey tossed with pesto then used to top pizza with spinach and Manchego cheese. A tasty way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftover turkey!


Spinach (and other greens such as Swiss chard, kohlrabi greens, broccoli rabe, and kale) give up water as they wilt.  (This makes perfect sense since the cell structure of the plant is destroyed with heating, releasing this water.)  Because of this, I usually precook greens before topping my pizzas.  [Good grief, I put a lot of greens on a pizza.]  I was feeling wild 'n crazy, though, and just tore the spinach into small pieces this time.  Worked great.  I had frost-kissed spinach, as the farmers put it.  This spinach is thicker/tougher than a tender Spring spinach.  Even the tiny leaves are tough.  If you've got a bag of baby spinach, skip the 'tear out the rib' step--unless your composting pigs would appreciate it!

http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/03/turkey-pesto-spinach-pizza-pizza-night.html



http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/03/turkey-pesto-spinach-pizza-pizza-night.html

Turkey Pesto Spinach Pizza

Ingredients


  • 1 pound pizza dough (see my Pizza Primer for hints & tips)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil, warmed--I used about 2 Tablespoons of this
  • 1 large clove roasted garlic
  • 2-3 cups, packed spinach leaves (well-washed and torn into small pieces)
  • 1 cup turkey tossed with 2 cubes prepared pesto
  • 1+½ cups Manchego cheese (2015 update--also yummy with mozzarella!)
  • ¾  teaspoon (about) Penzey's Pasta Sprinkle or other Italian seasoning blend

Instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  If your baking stone lives in the oven, like mine, good on you.  
  2. Smush the garlic into the warmed olive oil and set aside.  
  3. On an oiled piece of parchment, stretch out your dough into a pleasing shape.  
  4. Brush the garlic oil evenly across the crust.  
  5. Scatter spinach leaves across oil.  
  6. Spread turkey-pesto mixture on top of spinach.  Top with cheese and seasoning.
  7. Bake, with the parchment on a stone or a cookie sheet, for 5-8 minutes.  
  8. Shimmy the pizza off the parchment and set the parchment aside.  
  9. Continue baking for 3-5 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.
  10. Cool on a rack, slice, and serve.



Cubed turkey tossed with pesto then used to top pizza with spinach and Manchego cheese. A tasty way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftover turkey!


This post is joining the newly-expanded Farm Girl Blog Fest at Let This Mind Be In You, What's Cookin Wednesday at Buns In My Oven, What's In The Box at In Her Chucks,  Taste and Tell Thursdays,  Foodie Friends Friday, and Food On Friday

18 comments:

  1. You could also turn that spinach into pesto and use that on the pizza. I've pinned this one to my Dark Leafy Greens board.

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    1. Lydia,
      Spinach pesto sounds delicious. I just learned about kale pesto this week. My CSA farm share just offered an extra bag of greens a week and I initially decided against it because it will just be the kids and I during the growing season, but hearing about all the other permutations of pesto have me changing my mind . . .
      Thanks!

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  2. That looks great, Kirsten! I love the idea of marinating the turkey in the pesto first and the combination with the spinach. I don't know if I've ever had Manchego cheese, but I can't think of a cheese I don't like, so I'll definitely have to try it!

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    1. Melissa,
      I kept hearing Rachael Ray natter on about Manchego, so I when I saw it at Costco I took the plunge--and I've got a ton of it in the fridge now, so I'm glad it goes so great on a pizza.

      Thanks!

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  3. Wow, it's like you're in my kitchen.
    Yesterday, I grabbed another bag of spinach from the farmer's market and also took out pizza dough and pesto (pretty much the only thing I put up) to defrost because I was feeling a green pizza. Now if only I had Manchego...a girl can dream. Although I have at least ten other cheese I could probably sub in. ;)

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    1. Meghan,
      You blog about far better cheeses than I could ever find! I'm jealous of the yummy-looking grass fed happy cow ones you get at your farmer's market.
      How was your pizza?

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  4. What a delicious looking pizza, I can't wait to give it a try.

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    1. Jill,
      It really hits all my favorite pizza notes.
      Please let me know how you like it!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I saw this on Facebook and shared it on my page. Looks amazing! New follower here.
    Lisa
    A Farm Girl and her Chickens
    @Fresh Eggs Daily
    www.fresh-eggs-daily.com

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    1. Lisa,
      Thanks! This was a delicious pizza that my spouse keeps asking when I'll be making again.

      Silly spouse of a food blogger!

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  6. This looks so delicious! I love greens on pizza, and it looks pretty too :)

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    1. Aggie,
      Thanks! I'm running low on greens and was sort of wondering what else I can put on a pizza--then I started thinking . . . why not fruit?

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  7. Love the idea of marinating the turkey in pesto! Looks gorgeous and I imagine it taste fabulous. My pesto stash is almost gone. :( Fresh herb season can't come soon enough for me. Going to plant a few spinach and lettuce seeds this weekend, if we can get the garden ready and rabbit-proofed.

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    1. Sarah,
      I've been seeing kale pesto, spinach pesto, and even English pea pesto recipes lately, so I am very ready to get my pesto on.

      Luckily I've got a bit of pesto that survived--I want to add it to a spring vegetable soup!

      Good luck with the rabbit proofing--I'm going to try bags of dog hair tied around mine. I hear it works for deer, though my fence so far does a fine job for them.
      Thanks!

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  8. Another winner! The turkey pesto has me curious...might have to try it out this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up :)

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    1. Heather,
      I just love pesto, in all forms. I can't wait to try kale and spinach pesto when my farm share starts back up--I just hope I don't run out of put up pesto too soon before the basil season starts up.

      Thanks for hosting!

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  9. G'day! What a delicious looking photo, TRUE!
    I could go for a slice of this now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Foodie Friend Friday party too!

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    1. Joanne,
      Thanks--I appreciate your comment!

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