Kale and Sweet Potato Pizza: A Simple, Vegetarian Delight

Jen Schall | My Kitchen Addiction

A few leftover veggies turn into a gourmet meal with this simple pizza. It's easy enough for any weeknight!

Kale and Sweet Potato Pizza Picture

This year, our CSA started in mid-April. It's been a huge relief for me because getting to the grocery store while toting a 6-month old baby along with me can be a challenge. So, now that our veggies are pretty much taken care of, I can cut my grocery shopping back a bit.

Not familiar with a CSA? Basically, we pay for a share of the produce from a local, organic farm. Then, each week throughout the growing season, we receive a box of produce that was harvested that week. If you're looking for a way to feed your family fresh, local, and organic foods on a budget, I'd highly recommend looking into it. Mine works out to be about half the price of buying everything at the grocery store. And, of course, the quality is far, far better.

Kale and Sweet Potato Pizza Photo

Because I don't get to choose what is in our CSA share each week, I have to wait to see what we get each week to plan my meals accordingly. In the past (i.e. before I was a mommy), I've had a lot of time to whip up all sorts of creative gourmet meals with the contents of our CSA share.

This year, however, I'm finding the weekly meal planning challenge to be a bit more difficult. Not only do I have to find a creative way to use all of the fresh product, but I have to try to squeeze it into the small window of time I have to make dinner each night so that we can give the baby her bath an get her to bed before 8:00. Some evenings I feel like I'm on an episode of Chopped.

I do my best throughout the week, but it always seems that I'm left with a few odds and ends by the end of the week. I have a few different recipes that are great for handling odds and ends, and one of them is pizza.

And since I just so happened to share my no-knead pizza dough recipe with you a few weeks ago, I thought I'd share one of my latest pizza creations. What started out as leftovers - a few sweet potatoes, leeks, and some baby kale - turned into a meal that I will be putting on the menu over and over again!

    4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 no-knead pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sweet potato, diced, small
  • 1 leek, cut into thin strips
  • 4 cups kale
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 4 ounces gouda cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Spread the pizza dough out onto a piece of parchment paper (or a lightly greased baking sheet) and let it rest while preparing the vegetables.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  4. Add the leeks to the pan and cook for an additional minute or two, until they are slightly soft.
  5. Add the kale, and continue to cook just until the kale has wilted. It should only take a minute.
  6. Season the vegetable mixture to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Spread the vegetables over the pizza crust. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.
  8. Bake the pizza directly on a pizza stone (or on the baking sheet) for 12 - 14 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.
  9. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Baby kale is becoming more popular these days. You might find it with the bagged lettuces in the produce department at your local grocery store. If you have trouble finding it, feel free to use regular kale.
  • Just remove the tough stems and give it a good chop! And, if you don't have gouda cheese on hand, sharp cheddar would work beautifully in this recipe, too. Don't stress yourself out trying to find ingredients… This is supposed to be an easy dinner!

Kale and sweet potato pizza picture

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Made this for dinner tonight and loved it!
I used about 6 ounces of cheese (4 didn't quite give me the coverage I was looking for) but other then that followed the recipe and will do it again.

Brooklyn farm girl
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Great use of all the kale I have! Thanks!

Amber

I love the idea of sweet potato on pizza. The sweetness has to be a perfect compliment to earthy kale. I'd call that a happy accident, Jen!