Onion and Kale Pizza Recipe

This onion and kale pizza recipe requires no special equipment—just your oven and a baking sheet.

| September/October 2013

  • This pizza requires no special equipment—just your oven and a baking sheet.
    Photo By Simon Wheeler

There’s no tomato here because I like to emphasize the flavor of the kale. In the heat of the oven, the kale becomes crisp and dark. I sometimes add a few sautéed sliced mushrooms to the pizza before it goes in the oven. Along with perfect pizza, the tender dough makes the most irresistible flatbreads, pita breads, breadsticks and even soft rolls. The dough can be frozen, either raw or baked. It’s very easy (and worthwhile) to simply double the measurements. For more vegetable-based recipes, read the original article, Frequently Vegetarian: Making a Case for Eating More Vegetables.

Onion and Kale Pizza Recipe

Pizza Dough
• 10-ounce bunch curly or lacinato kale, stems removed
• 3 tablespoons canola or olive oil, plus a little extra
• 2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
• 2 garlic cloves, finely slivered
• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 3-1/2 ounces cheddar cheese, grated

1. Prepare dough, leave to rise, then punch down according to instructions at right.

2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees, if it goes that high, or to at least 425 degrees. Put in a baking sheet to heat up.

3. While dough is rising, shred kale leaves into 1⁄4- to 1⁄3-inch-wide ribbons.

4. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add onions. Once sizzling, decrease heat to low and cook gently, stirring from time to time, until onions are soft and golden (10 to 15 minutes), adding garlic halfway through.

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