Meatball Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Spinach

Meatball Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Spinach | simply fresh dinners

I am SO goofy!  I can’t count the number of time I’ve pushed that ‘publish’ button instead of the ‘preview’ button but I did it again last week!  So lots of you received an email with these pictures and no recipe – my apologies!  In my defence the buttons are fairly close to one another and they both start with the letter ‘p’.  So there is no surprise today with my post but ‘ta-da’ here it is anyway. Ha!

And there is something else here that you’ve seen before – bison meatballs!  I had some left over from my Southwestern Chili and Bison Meatballs and I love that these are lower in fat and when you combine them with veggies and a naan crust, you’re flying below the radar on the calorie count.   Of course, you can use beef if that’s what you have on hand.  Deliciously scrumptious, too.

Meatball Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Spinach | simply fresh dinners

I roasted two bulbs of garlic beforehand – one for the pizza and one for me!  You can do two things here.  You can mash up the garlic and spread it over the crust or you can slice each clove in half and place them on the pizza.  I did the latter because I just love biting into the whole piece.  If you haven’t roasted garlic before, here’s a quick how-to from youtube.

If you’re adverse to garlic, you’ll find that when it’s roasted it’s not nearly as strong and it’s so good for you!  It combats sickness like the common cold, reduces blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels and is chock full of vitamins B6 and C.

Meatball Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Spinach | simply fresh dinners

I cut some of the cherry tomatoes in half and others I left whole because it’s so fun to have them explode in your mouth!  There is no pizza sauce or tomato sauce on this pizza so be generous with them if you like that flavor.  I brushed the crust with a simple base of olive oil, dried basil and dried oregano and then piled on my ingredients.  Have I ever confessed to you that I have a bit of a cheese addiction?  Whatever you do, don’t cut your slices as thickly as I did mine.  I got carried away and a couple of the pieces are  too thick to be considered calorie-wise!  (but it was delicious, hehe!)

Meatball Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Spinach | simply fresh dinners

I have rarely eaten red meat over the last 10 years but I’m going to start trying more meats like bison.  I will also be making dishes with beef and pork from Nicholyn Farms – a fabulous farm nearby that carries locally-produced, certified organic and traditionally raised products.  I know most of my dishes have been vegetarian and seafood and I’d be interested to hear what kind of recipes you’d like to see now that I’m branching out.  You can email me or let me know in the comments below.  Cheers!Meatball Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Spinach | simply fresh dinners

 

Meatball Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Spinach
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 4-6
Quantities will vary depending on the size of your crust. This is medium sized.
Ingredients
  • Thin crust Naan pizza crust
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • 6 thin slices of skim mozzarella cheese
  • 8–10 pre-cooked meatballs (beef or bison)
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved and whole
  • large handful of spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Peel extra layers of paper away from garlic bulb and slice the bottom off; approximately 1/2 inch. Place onto small square of foil wrap and drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over top. Add salt and pepper if desired. Wrap bulb loosely in foil and roast in oven for 40 minutes.
  3. Remove, unwrap and slice each clove in half. Other option: mash garlic and spread over base after the olive oil base has been applied.
  4. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil with dried basil and oregano. Brush very lightly over base of pizza, ensuring you spread evenly.
  5. Place garlic cloves, cheese, meatballs, tomatoes, half of the spinach and half of the basil on pizza.
  6. Place pizza directly on middle rack and bake at 450 F for 6-8 minutes; watching carefully.
  7. Remove and let sit for 2 minutes slicing. Add extra spinach and basil on top before serving.

30 Comments

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    Velva
    November 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    This looks amazing! The flavors, colors and textures are really nice!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Velva
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    Anita Rivera
    November 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Doesn’t this look SO GOOD…..ROBYN! Good evening! OK, I sure know that feeling about pushing the publish button when you mean the PREVIEW! But this post was worth the wait. I love pizza, and I used to make my own weekly, but since full time teaching occurred (oh my, has it been 12 years since I’ve made homemade pizza?) I can’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The fresh veggies you choose and of course the roasted garlic (the best!) makes this a tempting dish to try to make on the weekend. I was hoping to get some relaxation this coming week with the Thanksgiving week off, but two of the days I do have to go in for meetings, then someone invited us to dinner on Friday. I honestly just want to stay home.

    Thank you for coming to comment on my new post. That’s me and my mom on the “FOREVER” photo….love never dies.

    HUGS! Anita

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      Robyn
      November 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

      I’m glad I’m not alone in my blogging mistakes, Anita, lol.
      I love pizza too and I’m not so great at making crust so using the Naan thin crust was the perfect solution. If you made a vegetarian pizza, it could be on the table in under 30 minutes.
      I hope it won’t be too busy for you but it’s kind of nice to have someone else cook for you, don’t you think?
      Your post is so special, Anita, and your photography is gorgeous! I didn’t know that was you and your mom – what a beautiful picture!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you, Anita xoxo
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    cheri
    November 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Robyn, there is nothing like roasted garlic, I just love it. Also your pizza looks wonderful, have never tried bison. Happy Holidays!
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    Traci
    November 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Mmmmm, looks delicious! The more garlic the better!

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    Debbie Harris
    November 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Ooh Robyn, is there anything you can’t make! Everything you share with us always looks so delicious!!
    I am defiantly going to make this, in fact, I will have three of our grandsons here part of this week and pizza was on the menu for wed might, so we will try this. My oldest grandson, 11 years old this Dec. Makes a terrific home made pizza. Their dear mother enjoys having them in the kitchen with her. In fact both of my daughters are wonderful about that. 🙂
    Such a joy to my heart.
    Have a beautiful week dear friend.
    Love to you, Debbie

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    Debbie Harris
    November 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Oh my goodness!!!
    I am ” difantly”going to make it! 🙂
    Spell check, gotta love it, I guess?

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      Robyn
      November 24, 2014 at 7:05 am

      I always suspected you were secretly a defiant one, Debbie – it totally fits! LOL
      I’m sure you’ll have a blast with your grandsons and isn’t it amazing how pizza is always an activity that they all want to do? I make it with my nephews all the time and they even like vegetarian pizzas.
      Have a wonderful week and a very Happy Thanksgiving, Defiant Debbie!! xoxo
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    Stephanie
    November 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Well, I know what my son and me are going to have for lunch this week! This looks amazing and I love garlic 🙂

    I had to smile about you hitting the ‘publish’ button instead of the ‘preview’ button. I think we bloggers have all been there and done something along those lines.

    Hugs to you, sweet friend!
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      Robyn
      November 25, 2014 at 10:19 am

      LOL, After reading all the comments I see that I am certainly not alone in pushing the wrong buttons! I hope you enjoy the pizza, Stephanie. Thanks again for a beautiful Thanksgiving post!
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    JayanthiSindhiya
    November 25, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Pizza looks awesome

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    Bam's Kitchen
    November 25, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Robyn, that is a one of a kind pizza! I know this has to be tasty with your bison meatballs. Don’t you just love how sweet and delicious garlic gets when you roast it. Good for your health and keeps those vampires away…you have me craving pizza now!!! Don’t sweat the “P” button… been there, done that. You have been cranking out the recipes lately so I can’t wait to see what else you have been putting together in your kitchen. Sharing all around! Take care, BAM
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      Robyn
      November 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

      I’m going to make those meatballs again real soon, Bobbi – I just loved the flavor. I’m just trying to keep up with you on the recipe making! Thanks for all the shares. Be good!

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    Linda
    November 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Meatballs and pizza…a wonderful recipe and perfect for my husband who loves both. You are so silly…..LOL
    I can see why that happens, both buttons next to one another. I haven’t had Bison in many year. The last time I had it was when I was in my 20’s and dated a pilot. He flew me over to Catalina Island in Southern Ca.
    Delicious and healthy. Crossing my fingers this comment goes through…..Lots of love from WW.
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    Maggie
    November 26, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I really need start to looking for bison meat. The pizza looks so great and beautiful! And the roasted garlic? Love them and I’ll add a lot!
    You’re right about the publish button. It’s bright blue and locate in a place that is easier to be clicked. I did that once and it was not fun… But it’s nice that there’s reader to kindly remind you of it 🙂
    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and cannot wait to see more new recipes coming!
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      Robyn
      November 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

      I think the bison meat you will find in China will be African buffalo meat, Maggie. But from what I’m told it’s very lean and healthy as well but not sure about the taste.
      I absolutely LOVE your African Chicken pictures and I’m headed over to check out the recipe. Thanks for visiting !
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    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy
    November 26, 2014 at 9:59 am

    This pizza looks so good! I love that you used Naan for the base. And I really love that it’s sans pizza sauce. As much as I love pizza sauce it gives me major heartburn so I’m always digging a sauceless pizza. 🙂
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      Robyn
      November 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I am into the sauceless pizza too, Michelle, because I don’t want to take the time to make it myself and I often find that the restaurants just overdo it! I want to taste the ingredients, not just tomatoes.
      Thanks so much for your kind comment!
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    Mary
    November 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I make whole wheat dough in my processor, but I also like using naan bread. I’ve never gone sauceless on pizza, but I’m going to try it because sometimes my pizza comes out a little soggy. I’m also going to try this when I barbeque pizza. I think it’;; be easier and come out crispier. Thank you for sharing this Robyn!

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    Robyn
    November 29, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Once I went sauceless, I never went back, Mary, lol. I haven’t found a good tomato sauce recipe for pizzas and I always find they take over from the other flavors. I haven’t barbequed a pizza in ages! Lucky you gets to do it year round!
    Thanks so much for visiting 🙂
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    Christine | No Gojis No Glory
    November 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Robyn!! I just can’t… It’s non-negotiable; we’re having this for dinner tonight!
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    Doug
    March 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the recipe and the tips on roasting garlic! It is so easy to do, but sometimes we forget about it when we do our homemade pizza.
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    Emily
    September 26, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I love Pizza. Thank you very much for sharing this article.
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