Greek Pan Pizza and No Time to Die

Hello and welcome to Pizza and a Movie. Today we are making a Greek Pan Pizza – loaded with artichoke hearts, olives, feta, onions, pepperoncini peppers and pesto. It’s a super-flavorful pie with a puffy, thick pan pizza crust. I don’t know about y’all but we have been eagerly waiting for the new Bond movie, No Time to Die to hit theaters. After a few release-date pushes, it’s finally out and after over a year of not going out to the movies, we were all too happy to get out to the theater to see it. Well, let’s get right to the pizza!

Greek Pan Pizza

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and lightly oil a rimmed sheet tray with olive oil. When I make a pan pizza, I typically use a quarter sheet pan. It’s the smallest rimmed sheet tray, measuring 9 inches by 13 inches. It’s the perfect size for a store-bought pizza dough ball.

Greek Pan Pizza ingredients

Assemble the Greek Pan Pizza

Roll or stretch out the dough to a rectangular shape and lay the dough in the pan, letting the dough come up the sides of the tray. We will start with the mozzarella. I have low moisture mozzarella that I have torn into thin, irregular strips. The artichokes are plain and from a can, drained and patted dry. Use about 3/4 of the can.

Then dollop fresh basil pesto on the artichoke hearts. I like the Le Grand brand, which comes in a pouch with a nozzle that makes squeezing right from the package easy.

building the Greek Pan Pizza

Follow the pesto with halved Kalamata olives and thin slices of red onion. Next, we have Greek feta and pepperoncini peppers that I have sliced into quarters. Make sure everything is evenly distributed over the pizza.

Greek Pan Pizza ready for the oven

Lastly, drizzle some olive oil on the crust, and use a brush to evenly coat the crust with olive oil. Then we’re ready for the oven!

Bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is puffy and golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly. When you pull it out, let it sit for a minute, then use a sturdy fish spatula to release the crust from the edges of the pan. Slide the fish spatula under the pie then slide the pizza out onto a wire cooling rack. Check the bottom of the pie to ensure the bottom crust is golden. If it’s not, slide it directly onto the oven rack to let the bottom crisp up a bit.

Greek Pan Pizza

While it’s resting for a minute on the wire cooling rack, drizzle the crust with olive oil, and use the brush again to evenly coat the crust with olive oil. Let the pie sit for another minute or three before slicing.

Greek Pan Pizza

Movie Night: No Time to Die

Today’s movie is rather special because we actually went to the theater to see it. Alex and I have been so eager to see this final installment of Daniel Craig as James Bond! Personally, Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond and while I am sorry to see him leave the franchise, I am excited to find out who will be the next Bond.

With all of the action, stunts and one-liners you want and expect from a Bond movie, this film does not disappoint. This final chapter of Craig as Bond has mixed reviews, but as a fan of Daniel Craig’s Bond, I can forgive the moments and the characters that feel formulaic. Instead of nit-picking those aspects, I quite enjoyed Craig’s performance and the direction by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Fukunaga directed the first season of True Detective; his stylish framing and shot sequencing makes No Time to Die a beautiful action film. No Time to Die is only available to watch in theaters.

Thank you all for joining me today for Pizza and a Movie. Are you a fan of James Bond movies? If so, who is your favorite Bond and who do you think will be the next 007? Let me know in the comments and be sure to catch up on any Pizza and a Movie posts you may have missed. Until Sunday, take care and be well everyone! xo Kelly

Greek Pan Pizza

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Dinner, Main Course American/Italian/Greek
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: 15-20 Minutes Total Time: ~30 Minutes

Greek Pan Pizza – loaded with artichoke hearts, olives, feta, onions, peppers and pesto. It's a super-flavorful pie with a puffy, thick pan pizza crust.


  • 1 Prepared Pizza Dough
  • 8 oz. Low Moisture Mozzarella, torn into thin strips or grated
  • 3/4 of a 14-oz. can of Artichoke Hearts, rinsed and patted dry
  • 3-4 tbsp. Fresh Basil Pesto
  • 1/4 Red Onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup halved Kalamata Olives
  • 1/4 cup stemmed and quartered Pepperoncini Peppers
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Greek Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • Olive Oil for drizzling on crust and oiling pan



Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


Lightly oil a rimmed quarter sheet tray with olive oil.


Roll or stretch dough and lay in sheet tray, letting the dough come up the sides of sheet tray.


Layer the mozzarella on the dough then top with artichoke hearts.


Dollop the pesto evenly over the artichoke hearts.


Then add the onions and the olives.


Crumble the feta over the pie and top with the pepperoncini peppers.


Drizzle olive oil over the crust and use a brush to evenly spread the crust with olive oil.


Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden and puffy, and the cheese is melted and bubbly.


Pull pizza from oven and use a fish spatula to separate the crust from the sides of the pan then slide the spatula under the pizza and gently slide the pizza out onto a wire cooling rack. Check the bottom for doneness and if it needs more crisping up, slide the pizza directly onto the oven rack and bake for another few minutes.


Let the pizza cool on the wire rack for a few minutes and repeat the drizzling and brushing of olive oil on the crust. Slice and serve.

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  • Terry
    October 15, 2021 at 10:43 am

    This looks really good, I just have to get some pesto I have all the other ingredients.
    My favorite Bond was Sean Connery, and Pierce Bronson. I like Daniel Craig but not my fav. I can’t wait to see the movie. I also can’t wait to see who replaces him have a Good Friday ????Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      October 15, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Hi Mom, Yes Connery was the best of the older Bond movies, very attractive and suave. Let me know how you like this pizza! Talk soon, xo Kelly

  • Susan Kelley
    October 15, 2021 at 10:48 am

    I enjoy your move recommendations as much as the pizza ideas!No on can beat Sean Connery,maybe Pierce Brosnan-they are classy and good looking enough. Can’t think of any others right now. How was the movie,you need to let your inquiring readers know..

    • Kelly Djalali
      October 15, 2021 at 11:07 am

      Hello Susan, I think the formulaic aspects of Bond films are hard to sidestep, from a writing and directing point of view; when you have 25 movies I imagine coning up with totally new ideas is challenging. But, I enjoy the action, drama, costuming, glamour and scenery of Bond movies so much that I like them all, even the ones that fall short on the story. This one definitely feels like a sequel to Spectre, rather than a stand alone 007 movie, which I think makes the next 007 and the next movie an interesting challenge. Thanks so much for leaving a comment today and joining the conversation! xo Kelly

    • Mari
      October 15, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      Those are my favorite Bonds too. I didn’t think anyone could beat Connery, but Pierce Brosnan was amazing. He totally aced it. With a few exceptions most of the Bonds have been okay, some have been good, two have been exceptional.

  • Mari
    October 15, 2021 at 10:50 am

    That is so beautiful. It’s almost a shame to contemplate eating it, but not enough to stop the rabid pizza fanatics at my house. We have also been looking forward to the new Bond movie, so it will be fun to see that. The pictures from the London premiere were fantastic. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gold dress with a sheer cape effect. I couldn’t decide whether she looked like a Bond heroine or an ancient queen of Egypt, or both. Props to you for yesterday’s gorgeous kale salad, and for the link to the other kale salad. I actually didn’t start eating kale until this year. So many years to make up for!

    And now, let the games begin. Stump The Chef will have a twist today. Maybe two. Alfred needs another day off. He is looking for a. MacGuffin for MacGuffin, and what could be more perfect than the Maltese Falcon? Alfred has gone to the retirement home in the sky to pick up Humphrey Bogart. Who else could he possibly take with him? Meanwhile, back In Georgia, Alex and Kelly are planning to make a quick getaway before Alfred ropes them into working at the bar. Alex picks up his cereal spoon, which mysteriously has transformed into the Maltese Falcon. “No Alex! Put it down! It’s Alfred again. You can’t go there! I don’t want any more military geniuses underfoot.” Sadly, it is already too late for evasive action. . A moment later they are standing in MacGuffin, and the Maltese Falcon has disappeared. Strangely, Sadie is already there, and is sitting at an antique escritoite writing invitations with a quill pen and a silver pot of ink. Sadie sands the notes, waves her paw, and they disappear. Before Kelly can even begin to wonder what is going on, there is a blinding flash of light, and three women are standing on the bar. As if that weren’t enough, Alfred and Bogey walk in with the Maltese Falcon and look for a place to display it. “Alex, look what we found at your house, in the library, with a lead pipe and Colonel Mustard!” says Alfred with a smirk. Sadie is looking immensely pleased with herself. Large gold letters appear on the bar. “Sadie’s Tea Party.” Alex and Kelly stare at each other and then at Sadie. The three women are Marie Curie, Lady Gaga, and Mother Theresa. Today’s assignment is to make a dessert pizza for each of the guests, and pick one movie that all three will enjoy. Sadie will attempt to look innocent, and I will be avoiding Mrs. Peacock. I will be hiding behind a potted plant in the conservatory.

    Happy Friday Djalalis, Terry and blog lovers everywhere. The Sun is almost out, and that is a legitimate reason to be happy. ???

    • Kelly Djalali
      October 15, 2021 at 11:32 am

      Holy buckets, Mari this is a tough one! I think Marie Curie would get a kick out of a flaming skillet of bananas foster; instead of being served over ice cream, it would be poured over a golden, puffy baked pizza dough. Gaga gets a pizza with ricotta cheese, raspberries and blackberries, drizzled with hot honey. And Mother Teresa, being a woman of simple tastes, gets a simple sweet pizza dough covered in butter, cinnamon, sugar and a drizzle of honey – much like a Native American Frybread. The movie I think all three women would enjoy is All Dogs Go to Heaven. Gaga would like the that it’s a musical; Curie would find it amusing given her work with radiation for cancer treatment; and Mother Teresa would like it because..well, Heaven.
      Thank you again, Mari for a super-challenging game today! I am glad the sun will make an appearance for you, have a beautiful weekend! xo Kelly