Tuesday, October 30, 2012

garlicky kale and balsamic onion pizza

Monday night often becomes pizza night at our house.  The meal comes together quickly, it's easily made into a meatless meal choice, AND, it's one of my husband's favorite eats.  Me, you ask?  Well, one of my favorite eats is garlicky greens.  The two together?  Magic.

To our good fortune, the Farmhouse bushel arrived this weekend with a lovely, green bunch of kale.  Yep.  Monday's meal was set.

garlicky kale and balsamic onion pizza
makes two small (8-10 inch) pizzas

pizza dough for 2 small pizzas
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 bunch kale, shredded
4 cloves garlic, grated
nutmeg, freshly grated
sea salt
olive oil
pizza sauce (make your own, or Whole Foods makes a good quality, inexpensive jar to have on hand)
grated cheese (I used a combination of what I had on hand -- fontina, mozzarella and parmesan)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a dutch oven, or heavy-bottomed skillet.  Add in the onion and saute to caramelize.  Once the onions are tender, add in 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar and continue to saute until the onions are very tender and lightly caramelized.  Add in the garlic and crushed red pepper and saute for 30 seconds more.  Add in the shredded kale and a splash of water.  Stir well, and allow the kale to wilt while you grate in a bit of fresh nutmeg.  Season lightly with salt.

Transfer your prepared crust to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or, if you run out of parchment, as I did last night, sprinkle the cookie sheet with a bit of corn meal).   Brush the edge of the pizzas with olive oil.  Spread a small amount of pizza sauce (we go very light on the sauce at our house, maybe 2 Tablespoons per pizza).  Lightly sprinkle on some of cheese.  Top each pizza with half of the kale/onion topping.  Add another sprinkle of cheese.  Bake at 475 degrees for 5 minutes, remove parchment (if using), rotate pizza, and bake an additional 6 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown.  Cool slightly, slice and savor!   Simple.  Told ya it was a snap!

Buon appetito

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