Spinach, chorizo and artichoke pizza with a baby leaf spinach salad


For the dough
  • 500g/1lb 2oz strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 7g sachet dried fast action yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300ml/10½oz warm water
For the topping
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 banana shallots, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic clove, peeled, finely chopped
  • 800g/1lb 12¼oz canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 6 baby artichokes, peeled, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 100g/3½oz semi-cured chorizo
  • 350g/12¼oz buffalo mozzarella, thickly sliced
  • 15g/½oz fresh baby spinach
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the salad
  • 25g/1oz baby leaf spinach
  • 2 little gem lettuce, separated into leaves
  • 70g/2½oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Preparation method

  1. For the dough, place the flour, salt and yeast into a large bowl and stir to combine.

  2. Pour in the olive oil and gradually stir in the water until it forms a soft dough.

  3. Tip the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

  4. For the topping, heat a frying pan until hot, and then add the oil, shallots and garlic and fry for 3-4 minutes.

  5. Add the tomatoes, sugar and the chopped basil and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and leave to cool.

  6. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Place a heavy baking tray or a pizza stone into the oven to preheat.

  7. Place the pizza bases onto an upturned, floured baking tray. Spoon the cooled tomato sauce thinly over the pizza.

  8. Sprinkle over the artichokes, chorizo, mozzarella and half the spinach then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  9. Carefully transfer the pizzas into the oven, pushing the pizzas from the floured tray onto the hot tray or pizza stone. Cook for 15 minutes, or until the base is crisp and the topping is cooked through.

  10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining spinach leaves.

  11. For the salad, place the spinach and gem lettuce leaves in a large bowl, with the cherry tomatoes.

  12. In a separate small bowl mix together the oil, sherry and red wine vinegar then pour the dressing over the salad.

  13. To serve, place each pizza on a warm plate with the salad on the side.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

1-2 hours preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

Makes 4 pizzas