Spinach, garlic and onions mixed with healthy ground turkey and orzo stuffed meatballs all atop a whole grain pizza crust! This Greek Meatball Pizza will spice up any pizza night!
Pizza is supposed to be the ultimate comfort food…and for many people I think it is. For whatever reason I never got the pizza memo. I used to work at a little pizza restaurant when I was younger and they had some REALLY good pizza. But even then I would only indulge once a week or so (I wish I could say the same about the bread knots). So now when I make pizza at home, it has to be amazing for me to get excited about it.
This pizza was inspired by one of my favorite dishes and consequently one of the most popular recipes on the blog. Greek food is one of those cuisines that I never grow tired of. I love the bold flavors. The best part about this pizza is that it is on the lighter side! With no sauce, protein packed ground turkey, very little cheese, and a whole wheat crust, this is a pizza you can feel good about eating!
These greek meatballs are absolutely perfect (and that is coming from someone who has made a lot of meatballs!). The orzo makes for a great binder to hold the meatballs together and is a terrific spin on a classic. I highly recommend using Smoked Paprika in this recipe. Regular Paprika really isn’t an ideal substitute. The flavor just can’t be beat.
The base of this pizza is very similar to spanakopita filling. Spinach, garlic and onions are sautéed together in a little bit of olive oil with just a touch of butter for flavor. So good!!
I want to switch gears with you a little bit and talk to you about something that is very near and dear to my heart. Cancer is something that has affected most of us in some form or another, whether it is a friend, a coworker, a neighbor or even a family member. None of us seem to escape its cruel grasp. We just discovered that a family friend was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and was given 2-4 weeks to live. Just like that, their world is turned upside down. You can imagine how that leaves one reeling in sheer terror, trying to seek help and treatment, racing to beat the clock. Yes, cancer is a monster.
But in the midst of all the horrible things that cancer creates, the most beautiful thing is the hope that is fostered when people come together to help families in need. The MaxLove Project is an amazing group of people who are helping raise awareness and empowering families to make healthy and nutritious changes in their lifestyles so that these families truly have a fighting chance. I have partnered up with the MaxLove Project to let you all know about an event happening Saturday, October 24th from 5-10pm. Together with Chef Azmin Ghahreman, the MaxLove Project is hosting a Farm to Table Style dinner here in Orange County to raise money for this awesome cause. Tickets are on sale through October 17th! Nick and I will both be there and would love to meet you! If you are not in the area, I encourage you to still check out the MaxLove Project and all the amazing things they are doing for cancer victims and their families!
- 1 Ball Store Bought Pizza Dough (I used Pillsbury Whole Grain)
- Spinach Mixture:
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Large Onion
- 1 (10 oz.) Frozen Spinach, thawed and drained of excess water
- 1(14 oz.) Can Artichoke Hearts
- 1 (4 oz.) Feta Cheese, crumbled
- Parmesan Cheese
- Greek Meatballs:
- 1 Lb. Ground Turkey
- 1 Egg
- 1 Small Red Onion, finely chopped
- 2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
- 1 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme
- 1 Cup Cooked Orzo (or couscous)
- ½ Teaspoon Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
- Pizza Crust and Spinach Mixture:
- Preheat oven to 425°. On a large floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into a rectangle shape. Transfer rolled out crust to an greased baking sheet. Set aside. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add in the spinach and artichoke hearts. Cook for 5 minutes on medium low heat. Turn off the heat and add in the cheese, salt and pepper. Brush the pizza dough with a little bit of olive oil and top with the spinach mixture. Arrange pre baked greek meatballs over the top and bake for 15-20 minutes. Cut into 12 sliced and serve.
- Greek Meatballs:
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with foil. In a bowl, combine all the the ingredients mixing well with your hands. With a rounded tablespoon (or cookie scoop), shape the mixture into rounded 2 inch meatballs. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. The meatballs will not be cooked throughout at this point but will finish cooking on the pizza. If making just the meatballs, bake for an additional 15 minutes.
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