Callaloo, Feta and Roasted Tomatoes Pizza

Today I get to share with you a mini history lesson about my country Jamaica! You see this pizza and you might be saying “what is callaloo?” Callaloo my friends, also known as calaloo is a very popular Jamaican green leaf vegetable that is typically cooked down and served along side a traditional Jamaican breakfast or used in a variety of ways. Why do I say Jamaican vegetable and not Caribbean? Simply because it is called different things and the callaloo here isn’t the one in Trinidad and Tobago, for example. For a very easy comparison, it is referred to as water spinach outside of the Caribbean. Although we do import spinach, it’s so nice to use callaloo in place of it since it’s grown locally and as fresh as possible. Anything you’d use spinach for, you could use callaloo for; they as almost identical in looks. The callaloo you see me use here is already cooked down and seasoned, similar to sautee spinach in water or butter or heavy cream and seasoning it with salt and pepper.

Now, to the pizza.

Callaloo, Feta and Roasted Tomatoes Pizza

I’ve been on a feta obsession for a while. Earlier this month Mr. Jessiker Bakes and I went to a new Greek restaurant and for appetisers, he ordered baked feta cheese with toasted sesame seeds drizzled with honey; I ordered a Jamaican version of spanakopita (also had callaloo). Both had feta, and I wished that I had ordered 3 more spanakopitas. But when I tasted his baked feta…I was live with envy. Mine was delicious, but baked feta? How had I never thought of that? It was rich and delicious, with the honey being a delicious contrast. Since then, I’ve been on a feta binge. It wasn’t an option to put it in this pizza; it was a must.

This pizza was very easy to make. Last year I posted a 10 minute pizza dough recipe that could easily be divided into mini pizzas, which is exactly what I did here. P.S. Always have pizza dough on hand; you’d be surprised how much more your pizza cravings will increase when you can make it so easily! I was feeling very greek and Jamaican (what a beautiful mix) and first baked the pizza crust, then laid it with olive oil that previously had sundried tomatoes in it. Now this sounds fancy but truth is any brushing of any olive oil will do. I was surprised at how easy it was to melt feta cheese which I used in place of tomato sauce, and then at the end since I’m obsessed I thought it would be a nice touch. The callaloo was an easy and delicious touch in place of traditional spinach and like I said, you could easily cook down spinach and use it in place. The tomatoes can be bought roasted or you can easily roast them at home (P.S. GREAT idea – it’s essentially sundried tomatoes especially when steeped in olive oil for a day or two.
Now if you’ll excuse me, my feta cheese is finished, and I need to load back up.

Callaloo, Feta and Roasted Tomatoes Pizza

Callaloo, Feta and Roasted Tomatoes Pizza

Preparation 20 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 1     adjust servings

Pizza Dough by Center Cut Cook

Ingredients

DOUGH (for 4)

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Pizza (Makes one personal pizza)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cooked callaloo or spinach
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Parsley

Stove-Top Roasted Tomatoes

  • 5 Cherry tomatoes ( to be roasted ), sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine water and yeast and stir until the yeast is dissolved.
  3. Add in flour, honey, salt, and olive oil and use a wooden spoon to combine. Once the ingredients are well combined with the spoon, use your hands to knead the dough for a few minutes.
  4. Form the dough into a ball, and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, sprinkle a little flour on your work surface and roll each piece of dough out so that it is very thin in the shape of a circle.
  6. Bake 1/4 of the dough, to make one pizza, for 10 minutes.

Cooking Callaloo/Spinach

  1. I used cooked callaloo, but you can easily cook raw spinach or callaloo via this link .

Stove-Top Roasted Tomatoes

  1. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a pan over medium high heat until hot.
  2. Add the tomatoes and sprinkle salt and pepper over them for quickly seasoning.
  3. The tomatoes will begin to crackle and reduce heat to medium heat until tomatoes break down slightly; about 5 minutes. Keep the remaining olive oil (to be drizzled over the pizza). Remove from heat.

Pizza

  1. Cover the baked pizza crust with a teaspoon of the olive oil.
  2. In a bowl, add 1/4 cup of feta cheese and microwave for 15 seconds. Spread the melted feta cheese on the pizza crust.
  3. Arrange the callaloo and roasted tomatoes as you please. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of feta cheese and drizzle with the remaining olive oil from the stove top roasting.
  4. Bake for 5 more minutes in the oven.
  5. Remove and enjoy!

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43 comments

  1. I really appreciate the callaloo education – it looks delicious!

  2. Ah, my first question is what is callaloo 😀 Thanks for teaching me something new! This pizza looks delicious!! I love feta cheese and roasted tomatoes. Pinning!!

  3. Johlene says:

    I love the look of this pizza although I´ve never heard of callaloo or calaloo 🙂
    I think I´d better visit Jamaica very soon.. perhaps I could take up some island vacation at the same time 😉 Xx

  4. Monica says:

    This pizza looks so yummy and thank you for the little lesson on callaloo. I remember watching The Cosby Show growing up and the episode where he hired a chef to cook callaloo for Claire for their special anniversary. Callaloo was forever burned in my mind after that. : ) I would love to try it!

  5. This is a gardeners dream pizza with all these veggies!

  6. Yum! Your pizza looks so lovely and fresh Jessica. I see that we share the same blog theme – you are a lady with very good taste 😉

  7. Autumn says:

    My gosh that looks delicious! Your photography is getting better every time, I better go read that post you wrote about food photography. Once I get back home I’m definitely going to invest in some lights!

  8. Kelly says:

    This pizza looks amazing! Thanks for the lesson on callaloo Jessica – I’ve seen it in some supermarkets and on The Cosby Show and have always wanted to try it. Sounds delicious with the feta and all the veggies 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Kelly! Haha it’s so cool that everyone remembers it from the Cosby Show which is great :).

  9. This look sooooo good, can I use spinach if I cannot find Calloo?? I really LOVE pics too! Gorgeous! Loving your savory recipes Jessica!

  10. Lovely crust! I had know clue about callaloo I would have thought it was spinach, I would love to try it!!

  11. This pizza is a thing of beauty! I would eat it every night!

  12. Gorgeous pictures! Love the flavors in this pizza and your stove-top method for roasting the tomatoes is great.

  13. Joanne says:

    I highly approve of feta binges. And that baked feta with honey and sesame is something I definitely need. But then again, so is this pizza! Looks great.

  14. This callaloo veggie sounds amazing! If only I lived in Jamaica to be able to have it every day ; ) And feta???? Oh. My. Gosh. I adore feta and I can never get enough of it! 10 minutes pizza dough? This recipe is flawless, Jessica! I’ll have to give it a go for our next pizza night! ;–)
    Have a lovely weekend dear! x

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Consuelo! Oooh I hope you like it! You have a lovely weekend too! 🙂

  15. We’ve heard of callaloo but never tried it. Hopefully we’ll try it soon! Great looking pizza!

  16. I love learning about different vegetables around the world, and I’d never heard of callaloo until your post, so happy to be introduced to it! And this pizza sounds AMAZING. I mean, the combination sounds divine… and I want some of this right now!

  17. Jelli says:

    This looks so good. We made pizza this week and topped it with a fresh goat cheese and mozzarella and it was divine! Enjoyed learning about callaloo today. I see so many greens here in the Costa Rican farmer’s markets and am sure there must be a similar one here too. Thanks for sharing, Jessica. P.S. I think it’s great that you call your man Mr. Jessiker Bakes- that’s so funny!

  18. Mmmm Hmmm looks DELISH! Chicken, feta, and spinach is one of my favorite pizza’s! This ones is right up my alley!
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  19. This looks SO good! Love these flavors!!

  20. Henry says:

    I needed to thank you for this good read!! I ctlnaiery loved every little bit of it.I’ve got you saved as a favorite to check out new things you post…

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