This is a pretty-looking dough and a good way to get spinach into the kids. The spinach flavor is very mild and the color is a healthy green. A good pizza for a Christmas party could be made from this green crust with a bright red tomato filling.
1 cup fresh spinach, leaves lightly steamed
1 cup ricotta cheese
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) olive oil
2 packages dry yeast
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
3/4 cup warm water
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and stir in the light brown sugar.
Set the yeast mixture aside for at least 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, put the ricotta cheese and the spinach leaves in a blender and
blend at high speed until you have a smooth, bright green mixture.
Sift the flour into a bowl with the salt. Make a depression in the center of the flour
and add 3 tablespoons of the oil, the egg, the spinach mixture and the yeast
Put flour on the kneading board and place the dough mixture on the
flour. Knead the mixture for 8 to 10 minutes until the dough is uniformly mixed
and elastic. Add flour as you knead if necessary to keep the dough from becoming
When the dough is ready, place it in a clean bowl that has been brushed
Brush the top of the dough with oil and place a clean cloth over the
Put the bowl in a warm, draft-free place for 1 1/2 hours.