It’s the last weekend in January and I’m starting to worry that we won’t see any more snow this winter. I had been so hopeful up until this morning, when I realized that February begins this Wednesday and the forecast is calling for a high of 57 degrees.
My first winter in New York City, we received just over two feet of snow during one February storm. All three area airports closed down and I spent an evening riding my snowboard across a hilly dog park in Brooklyn. Each year since we’ve seen substantial snowfall
and up until today I’d been ignoring the naysayers because I felt confident that we’d be building snowmen and making snow angels any day now.
But today I made pizza and I found myself rolling up my sleeves and opening windows to let the heat from the oven escape the apartment, when normally at this time of year I’d be welcoming the extra warmth brought on by midday baking.
I’m still hopeful, but my hope is fading. But I can curl up with Sebastian and drink hot chocolate and pretend there’s 12″ of snow on the ground whenever I want, right?
And at least my belly is full of my new favorite pizza creation.
This pizza has an artichoke tapenade base and it is decorated with roasted red peppers, olives, more artichokes and a bit of fresh spinach. I used whole wheat pizza dough to make the crust
but you could also use a pre-made crust or a recipe if you want to roll some dough from scratch.
Artichoke and Olive Pizza
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup pitted green olives
- 8 ounces jarred or frozen artichokes, drained and quartered
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
- 1 tablespoon chopped green olives
- 1/4 cup fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup chopped artichokes
I used frozen artichokes for this recipe, but canned or jarred artichokes will work just as well. If you are using frozen artichokes, boil them for 3-4 minutes and then drain the water before using.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and make the sauce by taking all of your ingredients