Detroit Style Inspired Greek Pizza

April 1, 2019 (Last Updated: March 21, 2019) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

A single slice of Detroit Style Greek pizza on a plate

I have been eating SO MUCH pizza lately and I almost didn’t include this Detroit Style Greek Pizza in our Detroit Pizza series, but I am glad I did. This Detroit Style Inspired Greek Pizza is super tasty and has an awesome green olive and walnut pesto that gives it a big flavor. This recipe brings delicious Greek flavors to a Detroit style pizza and you will want to make it.

Greek Pizza Toppings

These flavors work so well together, even though it is not a traditional Greek or Detroit style pizza. Of course, we are working with a traditional Detroit crust that has been baked in a Detroit style pan, but we are also bringing traditional Greek flavors to the table.

Greek Pizza Pesto

I decided not to go with a traditional pesto, but instead used an olive, walnut, and spinach combination for ours. Walnuts really didn’t strike me as a Greek ingredient, but apparently, the nut has a long history in the region and Ancient Greeks were the first to selectively breed the nut. This pesto really tastes good and was happy I have been able to put my Costco olives to good use outside of the martinis I enjoy. Also, olives are not a normal pesto ingredient, but it really was fun to use and it does add a great taste.

Most of the olive walnut pesto in food processor prior to blending

All ingredients blended in food processor except spinach

Completed Pesto in Food Processor

Red Onions, Feta, Artichoke Hearts

The rest of the toppings really just felt right for a Greek pizza and the feeling extended to my dinner table. The smell, color, and taste really come together and work with the pesto to give a great pop of Greek flavors!

All ingredients on Greek Pizza prior to baking

Lowering the Temperature

 

In all of our other Detroit Style Pizzas, we cook our pizza on super high heat. We wanted to get the right amount of melt and combine it with the edges to give that traditional Detroit style feel. We are breaking the rules here a bit, as feta cheese just doesn’t melt the same as mozzarella or really most other cheeses.

So, we turn the heat down to 500 Fahrenheit for this bake and end up giving it a little bit more time in the oven. This allows the bottom of this big Greek pizza to get a bit more crispness and not burn the top.

Detroit Style Pan

Like with all of our other Detroit Style Pizza, I used the traditional pan. I am not sure it was quite as necessary in this recipe as the others, but it still worked great.

Close up picture of a single slice of this greek pizza

I was really happy with how this Greek Pizza turned out. Not only does it taste awesome, it makes my kitchen smell fantastic. It has a lot of big, flavorful ingredients that make it something special and a great recipe to store away in your recipe book! I hope you enjoy it and let me know how it goes. If you do like it, please share on Pinterest or Facebook and consider signing up to get updates sent to your inbox.

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A single slice of Detroit Style Greek pizza on a plate

Detroit Style Inspired Greek Pizza

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 6 large slices 1x
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

This is a Detroit Style inspired Greek Pizza that has the comfort of a deep dish and all the big flavors of a Greek Pizza. The Walnut Olive pesto is tasty and adds something really special to this pizza recipe.


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Ingredients

For Pizza:

  • 200 grams luke warm water
  • 2 grams sugar
  • 1 grams salt
  • 3 grams Dry Instant Yeast
  • 65 grams canola oil + 1 tablespoon to oil pan
  • 350 grams bread flour
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 14 oz can delicate baby artichoke hearts, chopped

For Pesto:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, whole
  • 10 big Spanish olives
  • 1/2 parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix salt, sugar, and water in large bowl
  2. Sprinkle yeast on top and let sit for 5 minutes
  3. Add 65 grams of oil
  4. Slowly mix in Bread Dough until it is all mixed
  5. Put in Mixer with Bread Hook on low for two minutes or knead by hand for 5 minutes
  6. Put in Oven with oven light on for 2 hours to let dough rise. If it is cooler in your house, also add a separate container of hot water to sit in oven along side dough
  7. Allow sauce to simmer for 30 minutes and set aside.
  8. After two hours, add remaining oil to Detroit Pizza Pan and spread all around
  9. Stretch dough to cover bottom of pan
  10. Put Pan back into the oven with the light on for another 30 minutes to allow it to rise
  11. Once 30 minutes has passed, remove pizza and preheat to 500 Farenheight, making sure one rack is on bottom space.
  12. Press out any large bubbles from the dough and make sure dough covers bottom. Stretch out, as necessary.
  13. Spread Pesto evenly across pizza and top with artichoke hearts, onions, and feta
  14. Once preheated, add pizza to bottom rack for 15-17 minutes. Watch to make sure it doesn’t burn, but you do want a nice golden brown crust with darker edges.
  15. Remove and rest for 5 minutes
  16. First, use knife to release crust on all sided. Then, use spatulas to remove entire pizza and put on cutting board.
  17. Use pizza cutter to cut into 6 pieces.

Keywords: Greek Pizza

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
    April 3, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    I love greek toppings on pizza, especially artichoke and feta! I’ve always enjoyed it with tomato based sauces, but really like the idea of pesto as the base. I’ll have to give this one a try!

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