Quick Spinach-Garlic Bread

I came up with this ridiculously simple recipe about a year ago when trying to recreate the salty, garlicky, delicious spinach rolls that my father’s best friend, Joe, used to make when I was a kid. Whenever we’d go to visit him, he’d send us home with a cooler full of spinach rolls individually wrapped in aluminum foil that we’d stick in the freezer and then defrost every once in awhile as a treat. The shape of this bread is different than Joe’s rolls, but the flavor is the same, and it works well as an hors d’oeuvre for informal parties.

1 ball of pizza dough*
10oz package of frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons, salt

*I really like the Joy of Cooking pizza dough recipe, which is reproduced on Savory Reviews. I think it’s best when you leave out the tablespoon of sugar and use 2/3 white flour and 1/3 wheat flour. 

Mix together the spinach, garlic, and salt.

Roll out the dough into a large rectangle on a greased baking sheet.

Pizza dough rolled out

Spread the spinach mixture evenly over the dough, leaving at least a 1/2 inch “lip” of dough on all sides, then roll the dough up into a long tube.

Spinach mixture spread on dough

Rolled up spinach bread, before baking

Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Spinach bread, baked and sliced

 Let cool, then slice and enjoy!

There are a lot of very simple variations that work well with this–adding shredded mozzarella to the spinach, browning onions and fake sausage, such as the Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo and using that instead of spinach, using broccoli or other greens… embrace the experimentation!

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