Greek Pita Pizzas & My Dream Garden

by simplylife on May 3, 2012

I have European blood.  I’m exactly 50% Serbian and 50% Italian.

I have visited family in both Italy and Serbia, and have found that whether I’m teaching English in Sevilla, touring the Louvre in Paris, or working as an au pair in Madrid, it’s in Europe that I feel most at home.

While I know that each European country has a vastly different culture, there are many commonalities that are what I appreciate most.

I would be a happy woman getting to more of my destinations by foot, spending more time sitting down sipping coffee rather than drinking it on-the-go from a travel mug, and nourishing my body with more of a Mediterranean diet.

One place in Europe that I haven’t traveled to yet is Greece.  I hope to one day walk around Athens, see the Acropolis in-person and enjoy a meal along the breathtaking coast.  I have a feeling if I go, I may never want to come back.

While I don’t see any Greek vacations in the near future, I know I can always enjoy a delicious Greek-inspired meal.

When I saw these Greek Pitas on Prevention RD I knew I’d be making them soon!  These were incredibly easy to put together, quick to cook and fun to eat!  My husband was a bit weary of using hummus as a base, so I only put it on one to compare the flavors; either way was delicious but I preferred the extra flavor added from the hummus!

Greek Pita Pizzas

by Simply Life

Adapted from Prevention RD

Keywords: bake appetizer entree pizza/flatbread side vegetarian cheese olives tomato Greek

Ingredients

  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • Handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup black olives, halved
  • Handful spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Oregano, to taste
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded or cut into pieces
  • 2 to 3 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • Roasted red pepper hummus (or other flavor), optional

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In medium bowl, mix together cherry tomatoes, olives, spinach, olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano; set aside.

2. Spread hummus on pita, if using. Layer with mozzarella cheese. Top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle each piece with feta and bake about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and pita is warm. Serve and enjoy!

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    You are a blogging machine this week! How do you do it?!? 1) These pita pizzas look so delicious, it’s ridiculous. 2) Good to know about the Whitney Farms – will def be checking that out for my and Mike’s garden this summer!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      It’s finals week for hubby, that’s how :)

  • Simplysensationalfood

    Wow these look delicious.

  • Belinda

    I love Europe, and these pizzas are gorgeous! I got bitten by a dog in Greece…no joke…

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh no!

  • http://theathletesplate.com Matt

    Yum :)

  • itzyskitchen

    What a perfect dinner! Or even lunch. I think the Italian/Greek combo is great. Two of my favorite kinds of food

  • http://www.bakebikeblog.com/ Bakebikeblog

    how awesome would that garden be!!!

  • http://gowiththedough.wordpress.com/ Hillary

    I didn’t feel quite at home when I visited Italy (since I don’t speak the language), but man, did I love the food. These look incredible!

  • http://twitter.com/pinchandswirl Marissa

    We felt at home in Assisi, Italy. After a week staying on a little farm in the countryside, we weren’t ready to leave!
    These little pizzas look delicious! They could make dinner come together in a weeknight flash. Thanks!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oooh that sounds amazing! I would love to stay at a place like that!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    This is the perfect dinner! I’d love a couple of these with haloumi cheese :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      What’s Haloumi Cheese? Now you have me intrigued!!

      • Ioanna

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloumi

        I HIGHLY recomend it
        It will make your taste bunds sing!!! Seriously!

        • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

          THANKS!!! I will definitely try it now!!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com/ Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    THIS RECIPE. I can’t even properly describe how delicious this looks to me right now. I rarely actually go out and buy ingredients for a recipe, but this one is so worth it. Looks great!!!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh good! Glad you like it! :)

  • http://sassyagapi.blogspot.com/ SassyAgapi

    Serbia & Greece are good friends :) When you do make it to Greece I would not spend more than a few days to a week in Athens, there is so much else to see and experience outside of Athens.
    That garden is amaaazzing, can you imagine?!?
    p.s. haloumi is a Greek/Cypriot cheese, good for saganaki(fried cheese) and various other things :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! Growing up, we had a lot of Greek neighbors/friends; I feel like the cultures just understand each other :)

      Thanks for the tips on Greece! Ahhh!! I have to get there someday- so much to see!!!

      And thanks for the new food I NEED to try! :)

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    I love Europe too, although I don’t feel as home there as it sounds like you do (no doubt due to your heritage!). I would like to, though, and I do love their lifestyle from an activity and diet perspective. As evidenced by this recipe, they make delicious food!

    That garden picture is beautiful too!

  • Deepasrideb

    this makes my dinner complete :-)

  • Nicole, RD

    I’m so glad you enjoyed these! :) I need to make them again really soon! Great photos!!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    Thanks for this recipe. Now that I have been cooking for three families, recipes like this that are easy and have few ingredients, always catch my eye! And who doesn’t like a Greek pizza?!

  • hotlyspiced

    I’ve never been to Greece either but I would love to holiday there during their summer. Those are lovely looking pizzas xx

  • christinefreshlocalandbest

    What great experiences you have! I wish I had been an au pair out of college. I sure could have used from practice with my Italian language lessons. I dream of having a big organic garden too.

  • http://missmagnoliamunches.blogspot.com Rebecca

    Greece is on my bucket list. I would love to eat tons of delicous food and drink delicious wines while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Bee

    These look like pizzas I could actually eat! and I love love love greek salads, and these look like the pizza-cousin of a greek salad :) Well done!

  • http://indulgeinspireimbibe.blogspot.com/ Daisy

    greece is awesome and definitely keep it at the top of your list!

  • Brandi

    Oh my lord those look amazing! :)

  • http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/ Choc Chip Uru

    These pizzas look stunning I cannot believe they are made on pita bread :D
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • http://love2dine.wordpress.com/ love2dine

    Gorgeous photos, so beautifully styled!

  • http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne

    Quite frankly I think the solution to this European problem is to make American culture more European! You know…take breaks in the middle of the day. Be more leisurely about everything. Get way more vacation than just two weeks a year…sounds ideal to me!

    These pita pizzas look so good! I definitely bookmarked them with Nicole made them. Thanks for the reminder!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      I couldn’t agree more!

  • Mom

    Vibrant…that’s what your meal looks like ! I too loved walking everywhere while in Italy…just loved it! I too would rather sit over a cup of capacchino in a beautiful cup than have my drink with a paper warmer around it. You are in a family of home grown vegetables being a love. When we were on our 3rd house, your nana and deda came over and planted my garden teaching as they went and I loved it. I loved especially picking rasberries and strawberries right in my own yard and watching you and your brother sit endlessly next to a tree stump (your table) with your heads down eating endless amounts! Do you remember your nana and deda’s garden?? Oh my, with the grapes growing over the trellis dad made while the clothes hung on the rope? Oh, thank God for the Greeks; I never would have met your dad without them or my best friend for treasured years, your Nina Penny!!! I hope you get to Greece soon !!!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    Mmmmm… pita pizzas! I love the Greek flavors.

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    What tasty looking pizzas! And, that definitely looks like a dream garden. Oh, to have some land in the city…

  • Decocinasytacones

    My father was fond of cultivating his own veggies, and so we did in a weekend house we had in La Rioja, but since I saw Meryl Streep in the film “It´s complicated”, in that house, with such a beautiful vegetable garden, collecting her own tomatoes, I think about growing my own every day.
    Love the picture.
    Marialuisa

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    Hummus as a pizza base – love it! I feel at home whenever I go to Spain…probably because I love olive oil and red wine so much :)

  • http://mariscakes.blogspot.com/ Maris @ Mari’s Cakes

    These pita pizza look GREAT! These are mouth watering photos :P I love your dream garden, I also want something like this, but it involves a lot of work and time to get it started, but when it’s time to harvest, it’s well worth it.

  • http://www.myplaceintherace.com/ Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Oh man these look great! Mmmmm…making me hungry! *drool* :)

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Oooh, I would love a garden like that! How great would that be!!?

  • http://jojoshouse.com/ JoJo

    I love the combination of feta and spinach. It goes so well!
    Nice to know you are a big traveler!
    Whenever I go back to Japan I feel sort of “at home” but at the same time an “outsider” it’s strange..
    I may have to say I feel at home the most in California because of the diversity :)

  • http://www.plumber-san-diego.us/ San Diego Plumber

    I’ve tasted dishes that used feta and spinach before, too, and I’d say it’s a great combination. The photos you shared here is already making my mouth water. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

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