Monday, May 2, 2011

Sausage Pizza Topped with Crispy Kale

Sausage Pizza Topped with Crispy Kale

I hopped on the kale chip bandwagon a couple of years ago and never looked back. Since then I enjoy them every so often for a healthy-ish crunchy snack. I've never thought of doing anything but eating them right off of the pan until I saw this pizza topped with kale chips on The Kitchn. It's pretty brilliant and an excellent way to enjoy kale chips. For a pizza, it's relatively healthy too especially if you use whole wheat pizza dough (store bought, because sometimes I just don't feel like making my own).

Sausage Pizza Topped with Crispy Kale

Sausage Pizza Topped with Crispy Kale
(Adapted from The Kitchn)

Makes 1 12-inch pizza

1 pound curly kale, washed, thoroughly patted dry and torn into 1-inch pieces
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
3 links hot Italian sausage, crumbled
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
1 pound whole wheat pizza dough
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into thin slices

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the kale in an even layer over a baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and season with salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes until crispy, turning once halfway through. Set the kale aside.

Pour the tomatoes into a strainer and drain until they are dry. Stir the thyme and oregano into the drained tomatoes. Meanwhile, cook the sausage in a pan and set aside.

Turn the oven up to 450 degrees. Roll the dough out to a 12-inch circle. Spread the tomatoes evenly over the pizza, followed by the sausage and then the cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the crust has browned and the cheese is bubbling. Remove the pizza from the oven and top with the crispy kale.

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Erica said...

mmmm I haven't made pizza in a while and I am missing it. Looks awesome. I still haven't made up kale chips! Josh isn't a kale fan, so I rarely buy it. Maybe he'd go for it on top of pizza :)

vanillasugarblog said...

oh a healthy pizza. very nice.

susan said...

omg - i have everything in the house to make this! you rock, Esi. June - we are def getting together! xxx

Brooks at Cakewalker said...

Yum! Found you through the L.A. Times...I've recently been enlightened to the delicious versatility of kale and this fabulous looking pizza has piqued my interest. Thank you for sharing another use for this diverse leafy green!

Kristen said...

Kale on pizza? I'm on board, for sure! YUM! What a great idea.

Joanne said...

It's not that I'm not ON the bandwagon...I just haven't tried em yet...but I know I'd love them. This pizza sounds fantastic!

Kelly said...

I have to admit that I'm not really on the kale bandwagon, I keep trying but am never entirely successful. Perhaps this pizza can convert me!

Diana said...

Is that Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza dough? Been meaning to try it since I obviously can't be trusted with making my own. FAIL.

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I like the topping. That looks great.

Unknown said...

kale on pizza, i must try it. admittedly, though, i like my kale half-crispy ;)

Mother Rimmy said...

What a terrific idea to healthify a pizza!


Michelle @ Taste As You Go said...

I never thought to put kale on top of a pizza before! It makes so much sense.

Thanks for sharing, Esi!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

What a fantastic idea! I love kale chips and it is a great way to balance out pizza:-)