Last night Sara came over for dinner and some knitting. After spending the day cleaning out my closet, sorting clothes into "give away" "look at again in January to see if I want" and "pack until next summer" piles, as well as cleaning out the yarn shelf in my craft closet, I only had it in me to make a quick meal. Artichoke pizza sounded like it fit the bill:
Pizza dough (I used store bought, but it's easy enough to make from scratch if you're not already short on time)
Sauce (I used leftover fresh sauce from Monday's dinner)
Ricotta cheese (I prefer the non-fat, but use what you like)
Can of quartered artichokes in water (if you use fresh, you're my hero)
Lemon (zest & cut in half)
Garlic (2-4 cloves)
Let dough rise. In the meantime, drizzle olive oil in saute pan on medium heat. Chop garlic and saute. Rinse and rough chop artichokes and add to pan. Stir occasionally. They taste good if they get just a little crisp. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the pan, continue stirring. Add zest near end of cooking.
When dough is ready, spread on your pan/stone of choice. Add layer of sauce, then dollops of ricotta cheese. Spread artichoke mixture over. Add a few spoonfuls of capers.
Bake in hot (450 degrees) oven until ready (I look at the dough to tell. Usually about 10 minutes). Remove from oven and squeeze juice from other half of lemon over.
I enjoyed serving this to Sara and Neal. The sauce I use is Sara's recipe, and the artichokes come from a recipe Neal makes. Really I should call it the Sara & Neal pizza. Or something.
Let me know what you think if you try it!