Healthy Pizza Recipes: How To Make Greek Style Pizza With Homemade Dough Recipe

Healthy Recipes - Greek Style Pizza

This is a great snack recipe for watching World Cup Soccer or a championship basketball game! It is also great as a light dinner or for lunch.

Greek Pizza actually refers to 2 different things - the most common reference to Greek Pizza is a pizza with Greek ingredients - like feta cheese, onion, Kalamata olives, fresh tomatoes, green pepper, maybe some gyros meat and spinach.

The other reference to Greek Pizza is describing a type of crust rather than toppings. This variation of Greek Pizza is baked in a pan instead of in a pizza oven and it has a crust that is generally very oily.

This second kind of Greek Pizza is called Greek Pizza without any of the toppings commonly associated with Greek Pizza! This is most often the variation that Greeks eat. This variation of Greek Pizza is also very popular in New England cuisine.

The pizza recipe here, however, is for the type of Greek Pizza that has some of the typical Greek Pizza toppings and see my substitutions and additions below.

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Homemade Quick Pizza Dough Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk
  • Olive oil for brushing

PREPARATION

  1. Combine all dough ingredients.
  2. Knead for 20 minutes (mixer knead if desired).  
  3. Set aside until the oven has preheated and toppings are ready.  Dough will start to rise.
  4. Roll out to a thickness of 1/4 inch, and brush lightly with olive oil.

 

Greek Style Pizza Recipe

Makes 9 servings - 1 slice of pizza per serving

INGREDIENTS

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Cornmeal
  • 1 large homemade or store-bought pizza crust

Topping

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium onion 6 ounces chopped

  • 3 cups cut leaf loose pack frozen spinach

  • 1 teaspoon dill weed

  • Salt to taste

  • Pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup crumbled fat-free feta cheese

  • 1 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray large baking sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray. Lightly sprinkle with cornmeal.
  2. In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook the onion, stirring frequently until soft but not browned.

  3. Stir in the spinach. Cover and cook gently for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up lumps of spinach as necessary.

  4. Remove skillet from burner and add dill and salt and pepper if using.

  5. Spread the spinach mixture over the pizza crust – sprinkle the cheeses evenly over top of that.

  6. If using homemade crust bake 8-10 minutes. If using purchased crust, bake according to package directions or until the pizza begins to brown at the edges.

  7. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then slice into 9 slices.

Substitutions and Additions for Greek Pizza

For the above recipe, add any of these additional ingredients

  • Substitute shallots for the onion - different flavor but totally delicious
  • Use red onions or sweet onions instead of regular brown onions
  • Use fresh spinach - wilt a bit in a pan with no water before putting on
  • Use fresh dill weed instead - 1 tablespoon fresh to 1 teaspoon dry
  • Use other herbs such as tarragon or rosemary
  • Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup Kalamata olives sprinkled on the pizza
  • Add a few pepper strips to the pizza
  • Add grilled chicken in small pieces or other meats
  • Add bits of diced fresh tomato
  • Add a slight smear of homemade pesto sauce to the crust after brushing with olive oil

Pizza Facts

  • In the United States, 30 million slices of pizza are consumed per day
  • In 1 minute, Americans will have consumed 350 slices of pizza
  • Pizza sales bring in roughly $25 million per year
  • Pizza was originally invented by the Greeks - the crust was created to serve as a handle
  • It then caught on in Italy when the Greeks occupied Italy for 6 centuries and that is why it is traditionally thought of as Italian
  • On the very first pizzas, there were no tomatoes - tomatoes were thought to be poisonous
  • The first noted recipe for tomatoes on pizza appeared in the mid 1500's. 
  • In 1889, the first tomato pizza was served to the Italian queen, Queen Margherita and the tomatoes were added because the cook wanted to depict the Italian flag and he needed something red
  • The first American pizzaria opened in New York in 1905
  • Returning soldiers from World War II brought back their love for pizza after serving in Italy
  • The original pizza had no cheese

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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Yummy Yummy my mouth is watering.... I will try this!!!


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applejuic3 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

i am all over this. so incredibly helpful and amazing, can't wait to put this together!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

It is - it's making me wish I'd made that for dinner! Thanks for stopping in, Lamme!


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Lamme 6 years ago

wow, this looks absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing this.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

BKC - I hear ya! It is 9000 degrees here too so I do hubs and dream about it being cool enough again to make them! It was cool enough here last weekend though and did make that and another pizza from scratch - the basil, tomato, cheese and it was gone in 5 minutes between us, my daughter, her husband, and my son! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Every food I see in your hub I want instantly. And I just found out I can walk right across the street and buy home made pizza dough from the pizza shop. It it wasn't 9,000 degrees outside I'd do this pizza.

Great hub - rated way up!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks msannec - I seem to gravitate towards Greek anything as I love the flavors of feta, olives and spinach! Hope you will try it and thanks so much for stopping by.


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msannec 6 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

Yummy! I love pizza, and I definitely have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks, Judy! Amazing to me that we eat that much pizza.


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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

I like your pizza facts. Interesting. Rated up!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Dardia - Good idea - I will have to try and add that as well. Thanks for commenting!

Pamela - Thanks a bunch!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

That pizza looks fabulous. Definitely rated up!


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Dardia 6 years ago from Michigan

Very interesting, ways of making pizza but I was a little disappointed to not find the recipe and directions for the 2nd version of Greek Pizza. I thought for a treat it might be nice to make the crust Greek as well as the toppings.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks Spanky! It's all starting to blur in front of me!

Hello, hello - good deal - and no special equipment needed!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

That is right up my street. Thank you.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

voted up, useful, and AWESOME! Yum!

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