Popeye Pizza

1 12-inch pizza

This recipe for spinach-and-cheese pizza is courtesy of chef Jim Lahey from the new restaurant, Co.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

  • Fine sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast

  • ounce Gruyere cheese, grated

  • 1 ounce young pecorino cheese, broken into 4 to 5 pieces

  • 1 ⅛ ounces buffalo mozzarella cheese, broken into 4 to 5 pieces

  • 2 pinches freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 or 4 thin slices garlic

  • ¼ pound fresh spinach, stems removed

  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, yeast, and 1/2 cup water. Stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and rough. Let dough rest in a warm place (about 72 degrees) until doubled in volume, about 3 hours.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel. Let stand until doubled in size, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  3. Place a pizza stone on the lowest rack of oven and preheat to 550 degrees for 25 minutes.

  4. Flatten dough into a disk that is thicker in the center than at the edges. Using your fingers, gently pull on the edges of the dough to form a 6- to 8-inch circle; dough should still be thicker in the center. Drape dough over both hands, and using your knuckles, work dough out from the center into a 12-inch circle.

  5. Carefully transfer dough to hot pizza stone. Working quickly, top dough with cheeses, pepper, garlic, and spinach; season with salt. Bake pizza until spinach is wilted and slightly browned, about 10 minutes.

  6. Using a pizza peel, remove pizza from oven and drizzle over olive oil; serve immediately.

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