Greens and Garlic Pizza

I really love pizza.  I try to avoid it most of the time, but there are some days when I just need to satisfy my pizza craving.  I like to make this one in particular because it has greens on it!!! I mean that makes it healthy…. right??!?

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Oh yeah you also skip the step that involves making sauce, you are not doing it wrong. Trust me here. One less step, I am not complaining!!!

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Greens and Garlic Pizza

adapted from Epicurious

1 pizza crust, your favorite recipe
oil base:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
topping:
1 bunch Swiss chard (about 10 ounces), white ribs cut away or any dark leafy green
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic clove, minced
8 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated
4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)

For the oil base:
Mix oil, garlic, and red pepper in small bowl. Let stand 1 hour.
For topping:
Cook chard in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Rinse under cold water; drain. Squeeze dry, then coarsely chop. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add chard and stir 1 minute. Season to taste with salt.
If you are using spinach skip the boiling and just saute.
Roll out dough on floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to baking sheet.  Brush crust with some of the seasoned oil. Sprinkle the mozzarella over oiled dough. Scatter chard over mozzarella. Top with goat cheese. drizzle remaining oil over pizza.
Bake until pizza is brown, about 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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One tip I have in making pizza a simple weekend meal is to make your crust in batches.  I always make a few pizza crusts at a time because they freeze so wonderfully and you can pull and thaw them out so quickly.  Switch up the toppings and you have dinner in no time!

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