Hello and welcome to Pizza and a Movie! Today’s pizza is a take on the flavors of Chicken Florentine. We have all the basic flavors, with a white wine cream sauce, sliced chicken breast and spinach. It’s a perfect pizza to make with leftover cooked chicken. Or, you can do what I did and use cooked chicken from the deli section at the grocery store. The cream sauce drizzled over the top made this pizza a fork-and-knife kind of pizza, and the flavors are spectacular! Speaking of spectacular, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is back today with its season 4 debut on Amazon. Let’s get right to it!
The only thing I made for this recipe was the white wine cream sauce. I used the recipe from the Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast that I featured for Thanksgiving. I had a lot leftover which I will store in the fridge and likely freeze for later use. As I mentioned above, I purchased pre-cooked chicken breasts from the deli section of the grocery store. But leftover chicken works great for this pizza.
Assemble the Florentine Pizza
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with a pizza stone or steel for about 45 minutes to one hour. Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips. I have low-moisture mozzarella cheese and raw baby spinach. Roll, stretch or toss your pizza dough into a 12 to 14-inch round and lay on a lightly floured pizza peel.
I don’t want the bottom crust to get too soggy, so I am starting with a layer of mozzarella, then the chicken – before I drizzle on the cream sauce.
The chicken and cheese will act as bit of a barrier to ensure the bottom crust cooks through. It will still be a wet pie, but at least the bottom will not totally sog out. After the cheese and chicken layer, drizzle on about 1/4 cup of the cream sauce. Then top with a handful or two of raw spinach. Add the remaining cheese to top the spinach.
Now we are ready for the oven!
Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes, until the crust os puffy and golden and the cheese is melted and beginning to brown in spots.
Let the pizza sit for about 5 minutes before slicing. Top the pizza with fresh grated Parmesan and fresh cracked black pepper.
Expect to see some of the cream sauce pool out when you cut it, that’s what makes this pizza what I like to call a fork-and-knife pizza. It’s dry enough to slice and hold its structure, but it’s just wet enough from the cream and the spinach to use a fork and knife versus holding it in your hand to eat – at least at the center of the pie.
Movie Night: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
We have our Florentine Pizza ready so let’s get to the show! This week we have another series, rather than a movie. But I just couldn’t resist this one because I have been so excited for the return of Mrs. Maisel. Recently, I rewatched the whole series to refresh my memory in preparation for the new season. If you’ve never seen this show, I highly recommend it. While the show focuses on the comedy career of Midge Maisel, the real comedy isn’t in her stand up routine, it’s in the offstage stories and situations. I haven’t yet seen any of season 4 beyond the trailer, and I am really hoping it continues to entertain with its clever dialog and rich storylines.
The show begins in 1958 New York City. There we find Miriam (Midge) Maisel, happily married with two children, living on the Upper West Side. When her picture perfect life begins to fall apart, she accidentally-on-purpose begins a career in stand up comedy. Season 4 finds Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) working out her stand up career in the 1960s. I don’t want to talk about where season 3 left us because perhaps you haven’t seen the show and want to catch up; there are too many delicious spoilers! But let me just say that this show is fantastic in all ways – especially if you love mid-century period pieces. The costumes are gorgeous. The characters are rich and expertly played. All seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are available to stream with a subscription on Amazon Prime.
Thank you all so much for joining me today for Pizza and a Movie! Take care and be well, xo Kelly
Chicken Florentine gets it turn on a pizza with this Florentine Pizza. White wine cream sauce with chicken breast and fresh spinach.
- 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
- 1 cup Low-Moisture Mozzarella Cheese, divided
- 1 cup Thinly Sliced Cooked Chicken Breast
- 1/4 cup White Wine Cream Sauce
- 1 cup Fresh Raw Spinach
- Fresh Grated Parmesan, for garnish
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, for garnish
- White Wine Cream Sauce
- 4 tbsp. Butter
- 6 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
- 2.5 cups Chicken Broth
- 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
- 1 tsp. Finely Chopped Fresh Rosemary
- 1 tsp. Finely Chopped Fresh Thyme
- 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
- Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
White Wine Cream Sauce
Begin by melting the butter in a large skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour to make a roux. Let the flour get a little toasty, about 1 minute of stirring then add the white wine. Whisk continuously to dissolve any lumps, bring to a simmer. Add the chicken broth or stock and bring the mixture up to a simmer.
Stir the fresh minced herbs into the sauce and continue to simmer until the mixture has thickened some. Then add the cream and continue to simmer for another few minutes.
When the sauce has thickened to a gravy-like consistency, remove from heat. Taste the sauce and add Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. with a pizza stone or steel for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Roll, stretch or toss your dough into a 12 to 14-inch round and lay on a lightly floured pizza peel.
Top the dough with 3/4 of the mozzarella cheese.
Layer the sliced chicken breast on top of the cheese.
Drizzle about 1/4 of the white wine cream sauce over the chicken.
Top the sauce with a couple handfuls of fresh raw spinach and top the spinach with remaining mozzarella.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is puffy and golden and the cheese is melted and browning in spots.
Transfer the pizza to a cutting board and let sit 5 minutes.
Top with Parmesan and black pepper. Slice and serve.
ArnaFebruary 18, 2022 at 9:42 am
I love white pizza so this looks like a winner to me.
So excited that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is back. Cannot wait to start watching!
Have a great weekend!
Kelly DjalaliFebruary 18, 2022 at 9:56 am
Hi Arna, Happy Friday! I am super excited to start the new season of Maisel. I am sure you will enjoy this pizza, it’s so satisfying! Have a great weekend! xo Kelly
MariFebruary 18, 2022 at 10:01 am
That is a gorgeous pizza, and even though we are prone to overuse the phrase “It looks too good to eat”, in this case it’s absolutely true. It is absolutely beautiful. I doubt that my boys would even think that. As soon as they smell pizza, all their brain functions shut down until they have eaten the last scrap. Speech slowly returns, movement takes a bit longer. Okay, it takes a lot longer depending on the quantity ingested. I have never seen Mrs. Maisel, and I wanted to. If I hear about something that sounds interesting, I want to see it until everyone else starts watching it and talking about it. Then something inside me flips and I won’t watch it because everyone else is doing it. In this case I will make an exception, because I love period pieces, and the acting looks amazing. Currently I have two shows that my youngest son is pushing: The Afterparty and Killing Liz. He will harass me in the nicest way until I give in and watch the shows. He doesn’t watch Mrs. Maisel, so I will have to watch it and harass him into watching it. From the trailer, it reminds me of a. Roadway play, and I am fascinated. That goes on the playlist. Coming up n !arch, Cinemax is streaming, Our Flag means Death. The trailers are hilarious. Pirates, a period piece, lunacy, and British accents. I may have died and gone to Heaven. No fancy schmacy StumpThe Chef this week because I was awake half the night, literally, due to heavy rain, and horrific winds. We had power brownouts, but today everything came back on except me. I’m running on limited brain capacity, so I’m going to do a small edition of Stump The Chef, called, What’s For Lunch? Midge and her friends are getting together for brunch. What are they eating? I love you madly, but no pizza for Midge and the ladies who lunch. Actually, I guess you could make an argument for English muffin pizzas as appetizers. That sounds 50ish. But in the name of all we hold sacred, no molded jello salads. Im pretty sure Satan invented them to torture people. Next, we have Killing Liz, about a woman working for British intelligence, who is hunting down an international serial killer. What does she eat for lunch? I’m pretty tempted to say she eats what she damned well pleases. Lastly we have Our Flag Means Death. What do you feed a motley crew of pirates? Have fun with that last one! Happy Friday and hugs to Kelly, Alex, Terry and the pups. Happy Three Day Weekend to people who work. Watch Mrs. Maisel and eat pizza, and be careful of secret agents and pirates. Arrrrr, Maties.
Kelly DjalaliFebruary 18, 2022 at 10:44 am
Good Friday Morning to you, Mari! What a fun stump the chef this week! Ok, so for Maisel, we take a departure from the (mostly) Jewish fare we see them making and eating in the show, and we head over to Chinatown for dim sum for a big family brunch. Which I am sure would be hilarious because we would have her ex-husband’s parents there along with Midge’s parents. Midge only has a few friends, so really the focus is on the families, but Suzie would be there.
I haven’t seen Killing Liz, but let’s say she’s like most of the other detectives/agents/investigators we see on TV and she’s eating her meal on the go. I might serve her a gyro, it’s hand held so she could take it with her when she has to rush off to investigate something.
Just before I sat down to read your comment, I saw the preview for Our Flag Means Death; it looks funny! I particularly like Rhys Darby, the actor in the main role. He’s a New Zealander who was brilliant in Flight of the Concords. I think that lot would be kept happy with giant, spit-roasted turkey legs – no need for flatware!
As far as the three-day weekend goes, whether you don’t work at all, or you run your own business, the Dowager Countess of Downton’s question holds true: “Week-end? What is a Week-end?” Whatever it is, have a great one, Mari! xo Kelly
Sylvia EspinozaFebruary 18, 2022 at 11:16 am
Hi, Kelly! Lovely pizza! I enjoy my pizza-eating with a fork and knife. Just peculiar me. Today’s post is very informative. I need a good series to entertain me, and it sounds like Mrs. Maisel will do it! The draw is the mention of period clothing! I laughed out loud at you quoting the Dowager Countess of Downton! Love her character…as long as her zingers aren’t directed at me! One more thing. Have read every single post, but life has demanded my attention and deprived me of leisurely commenting, until today. Still enjoy and am amazed at all you offer. I particularly love that your Mom is definitely your #1 fan! Texas love and hugs to you and the Djalali Cooks blog family ?
Kelly DjalaliFebruary 18, 2022 at 1:40 pm
Hello Sylvia! Good to hear from you today! We have been on a real Downton kick lately, looking forward to the new movie. It’s tough to not get some of Violet’s lines repeating in my head – she is so amazing! Glad you had a quick moment to say hello, thank you so much! Have a great weekend, xo Kelly