Pizza with Garlic Cream and Nettles

Pizza with Garlic Cream and Nettles
Recipe Date:
January 7, 2019
Serving Size:
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
Our 2016 Olivet Lane is just the wine to bring a splash of California sunshine to a chilly winters day. It’s vibrancy will remind you that spring is not far away, so I chose this recipe for Pizza with Garlic Cream and Nettles because who doesn’t love pizza?! Also, the bright, citrusy notes in the Olivet Lane cut through the rich and creamy sauce while being livened up with the crisp greens on top. If you can’t find nettles, good old spinach works just as well and it’s also in season for the next several months. Enjoy! – Gary Farrell Estate Sommelier Tiffany Kuhn
  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 1 or 2 bulbs green garlic, depending on size, or 3 scallions, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Semolina, for dusting
  • 2 8oz balls pizza dough
  • 6 ozs buffalo mozzarella, sliced
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ozs nettles, baby arugula or spinach
  • 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
  • Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving
  • Pro-Tip - Substitute the nettles for spinach or baby arugula

Step 1    

Place a pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven and preheat the oven to 500° for 30 minutes.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the butter with 1 tablespoon of water and bring to a simmer. Add the green garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the white wine and cook for 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream and simmer over low heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.

Step 3    

On a semolina-dusted work surface, stretch out one of the pieces of dough to a 12-inch round; transfer to a semolina-dusted pizza peel. Spread half of the garlic cream on the dough, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Top with half of the mozzarella and season with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, use tongs to toss the nettles with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mound half of the nettles on the pizza. Turn on the broiler.

Step 4    

Slide the pizza onto the stone and broil for about 5 minutes, until golden brown and bubbling. Transfer the pizza to a cutting board and garnish with shaved Parmigiano. Repeat to make the second pizza.


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