Greek Pizza

Topped with artichokes, olives and feta, this Greek Pizza is perfect for a fun twist on pizza night!

Topped with artichokes, olives and feta, this Greek Pizza is perfect for weekend pizza night!For better or worse, I grew up in the age of video games.  We had an Atari 2600 when I was really young, and I remember getting the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES!) for my 6th birthday.  I had a sleepover with a bunch of guys for that birthday, and I remember we played Super Mario Bros. all night long.  As the years went on, I kept playing video games.  Mario and Zelda ranked among my favorites, and I would beat the game only to then go back and start from scratch again.

Topped with artichokes, olives and feta, this Greek Pizza is perfect for weekend pizza night!I also loved when people would watch me play.  I have no idea why.  Maybe I was proud of my Goomba-stomping abilities in Mario or my Stalfos-chopping abilities in Zelda.  Whatever the reason, I was always begging people to watch me play Nintendo.  I’d con my little sister into sitting there and watching me.  I’d beg my parents.  I even remember getting my grandma to come sit on my bed and watch me play.  I mean, that’s a good grandma right there!  In hindsight, she was probably wondering to herself what in the heck was going on…but she loyally sat next to me and acted happy when I beat a level.  Oh, those were good times!

Topped with artichokes, olives and feta, this Greek Pizza is perfect for weekend pizza night!Over the years, I’ve continued to play video games.  I’d go and get each Mario and Zelda game as they were released.  I even ventured into the world of online games for a bit.  While those games are incredibly awesome, they’re also incredibly addicting.  For the sake of living a healthy lifestyle (and not chasing away my future wife), I had to ban myself from playing those.

A few weeks ago, I was driving home from the grocery store, and I noticed that a neighbor had a whole table of stuff (my wife would call it “junk”) sitting on his front lawn for sale.  These neighbors were moving, so they were clearly trying to reduce the amount they had to pack.  I actually pulled over because I saw an Easy Bake Oven.  We have a friend who always wanted an Easy Bake Oven, and she’d told us that she was sad her parents never got her one.  Well, we got her one.  For $5.  Sweet score!

Nintendo-GamesBut then I noticed the box of cords.  There were several of those old telephone cords (who has landline phones anymore!?) and some other unidentifiable cords in there.  But then I noticed there were Nintendo games in there, too.  I only glanced at the box before I grabbed and it and looked around at my neighbors’ houses hoping no one was going to come take it away from me.  I asked our neighbor how much he wanted for the box, and he just told me everything was $5.  Well, that box ended up in the back of my car faster than you could even know!

Topped with artichokes, olives and feta, this Greek Pizza is perfect for weekend pizza night!So there was no actual Nintendo console in the box (he had told me that), but there were loads of games.  I’m talking Castlevania, Metroid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I mean these were classics!  And all for $5.  That was a total steal in my opinion.  Even my wife who abhors “junk” gave her nod of approval.

What better to go with a night of old-school video gaming than a tasty pizza?  Talk about taking me back to childhood…pizza and video games on a Friday night was where it was at!  Sure, maybe the tv’s are a little bit (a lot bit) bigger these days.  And maybe the pizza was a little different than a basic pepperoni and cheese.  But that night of video games and pizza totally took me back a few decades.  The only thing missing was some Tears for Fears, Genesis and Joan Jett cassette tapes playing in the background.

Topped with artichokes, olives and feta, this Greek Pizza is perfect for weekend pizza night!

Greek Pizza

We skipped the classic pizza for this night and went with a tasty Greek Pizza instead.  Loaded with artichokes, olives and feta, this pizza was nothing short of awesome.  It was like finding the secret level in Super Mario Bros. kind of awesome.  It’s Friday night.  Go make this Greek Pizza and pull out some old video games!  If your old video games are long gone, come on by my house.  We have a whole box full.

Did you ever play Nintendo back in the day?  What was your favorite game?

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Topped with artichokes, olives and feta, this Greek Pizza is perfect for weekend pizza night!

Greek Pizza

Topped with artichokes, olives and feta, this Greek Pizza is perfect for a fun twist on pizza night!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 282kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup broccoli florets chopped
  • Pizza dough homemade or storebought
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 6-7 cloves roasted garlic chopped (homemade or see note below)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese grated
  • ¼ cup onions thinly sliced
  • 1 Roma tomato thinly sliced
  • cup feta cheese crumbled
  • ½ cup marinated artichoke hearts quartered
  • 1-2 Tbsp Kalamata olives pitted and sliced

Instructions

  • Blanch the broccoli florets by placing them in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes. Then immediately remove from pot and rinse with very cold water. Drain and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 460°F.
  • Roll pizza dough into a 12-13” round circle.
  • In a small dish, combine the olive oil, dried oregano, salt and garlic powder. Brush this mixture evenly over the entire top of the dough (including edges).
  • Sprinkle the roasted garlic, Parmesan and mozzarella evenly across the dough, leaving a 1” border for the crust.
  • Layer the broccoli, onions, tomatoes, feta, artichokes and olives around the top of dough.
  • Bake at 460°F for 13-14 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Notes

If your local grocery store has an olive bar, check to see if it has roasted garlic on the bar. It's often an easy way to pick up roasted garlic if you don't want to roast it yourself!

Topped with artichokes, olives and feta, this Greek Pizza is perfect for weekend pizza night!

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24 Comments

    1. I think I might also be obsessed with feta and olives! Hmm…spinach would be a good addition to this pizza. Next time!! I hope you are enjoying your trip so far, Dannii!

  1. Haha – David that Mrs. Spiced sure is a keeper if she gave you her nod of approval at your game-haul! And, you are right, pizza goes so well with any “in-front-of-the-telly-time”! Especially pizza topped with broccoli and kalamata olives and feta! Now … back to that easy bake oven… I know you said it was for y’alls “friend” but what are YOU gonna make with it before you hand it off??? If you hand it off!!

    1. Tell me about, Shashi! I was fully expecting an eye-roll when she walked in the door. But she was like, “That’s awesome!” Then she rolled her eyes at me. Haha! I totally should have baked something in that easy bake oven. We already handed it over, but I’ve been telling her that she needs to bake some cookies in her office. How hilarious would that be??

  2. I loved Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and even all my original Atari games. I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven too and my parents never gave me one, so if you happen upon another send it my way! This pizza looks delicious and would be the perfect addition to video game/pizza night! I haven’t had a Greek pizza in forever and I really need to change that.

    1. Haha…will do, Rachelle! I’ll keep my eyes out for an Easy Bake Oven for you! And maybe some Donkey Kong games, too…as long as you are ok if I play them first! 🙂

  3. Hi David! This makes me want pizza now! I will be making this soon! Your comments on wanting someone to watch you play video games made me laugh because my son Jason did that to me all the time when he still living at home and still does it when I visit him!! 🙂

    1. How hilarious is that, Dorothy? I mean watching someone else play video games has got to be the most boring thing ever…yet my grandma sat there and watched me like a champ! Of course, in my mind, she was enjoying the experience. Now I realize that she was just being an awesome grandma!!

  4. Oh man how I love yard sales! I’m a junk collector according to my husband but I don’t care, it’s always so exciting to find an old treasure. Old books are my thing. I used to read a lot as I was growing up and trying to get back into that. This pizza is an everyday night kind of pizza 🙂

    1. Hahaha…we’ve got to make sure that your husband and my wife never meet, Zainab! She thinks that I just collect junk, too. But that junk is good stuff, man!! I love old books, too…especially the classics!

  5. Lovely post, David! I’ve never been a game fan. I remember playing some simple stuff such as Tetris and some similar games, but I guess this doesn’t count much. But honestly, today I’m more excited to see this scrumptious pizza loaded with feta, artichokes, and olives. I’ve got one question left though – do you still enjoy people watch you play games?:)

    1. Tetris totally counts, Ben…that’s a classic game! And I no longer require people to watch me play games…I don’t think my wife would put up with that for very long at all! 🙂

    1. Zelda was the best! I seriously loved that game…and believe it or not, I was playing a little round of it this weekend. Talk about old times! But yes, kids nowadays look at the old-school games, and they’re like “boring!” That was my childhood right there! Haha, thanks Mike!

  6. Mate, you better keep that under lock and key, I am coming over to challenge you to some epic battles!!! $5?! what a bloody steal! Have the pizza and the brews ready and I’ll come quicker than Zeus riding Mario’s cart. Princess peach can stay put.

    1. Zeus riding Mario’s cart? Now that would be scary fast! My wife always plays as Peach, but Yoshi is most definitely my favorite! Pizza + game night needs to happen!!

  7. This pizza looks so good! I don’t think I would have thought to put broccoli on my pizza, but that’s the beauty of pizza, you don’t have to stick with the usual suspects and if you get the flavors right, you will end up with a winner.

    I didn’t play video games, but my younger brother did. He may or may not have been addicted to them. LOL! That is a huge score finding all of those games for $5 as well as getting that Eazy Bake Oven for your friend. So sweet!

    1. That’s what makes pizza night fun! Pick out something unusual! Truth be told, we usually stick with the “regular” pizza toppings for Saturday night pizza night…but it’s fun to mix it up from time to time! Now I just need to figure out how to make pizza in the Easy Bake Oven! 🙂

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