Vegan Kale, Grape Tomato and Swiss "Cheese" Pizza with Rosemary-Garlic Olive Oil

Yield: 2-7 to 8-inch pizzasAs this recipe proves, pizza can attain health food, rather than junk food, status.

After a wonderful lunch on Saturday of a beautiful potato pizza and gorgeous salad prepared by my good friend, Trish Pfeiffer, and enjoyed on her sun porch, I was craving pizza something fierce.

If you follow this blog, you know that I am a fan of “CPK Pizza Dough.” However, I was out of all-purpose flour–shocking, I know–but was determined to make homemade dough. So I used half whole wheat and half self rising flour, but still used the same amount of yeast called for in order to achieve a tiny bit more “puff.” My husband, the meatatarian, and I both loved it. Don’t misunderstand, though, these were not “thick crust” or “deep dish” pizzas–not even close.

In the fridge was a big, tight bunch of curly kale just begging to be used. So, I minced it in the food processor, sauteed it in a little olive oil until tender with just a few crispy bits, and spooned it over a homemade Swiss “cheese” sauce. Next, I nestled grape tomato halves into the kale in a pinwheel design, dotted the top with a tiny bit more “cheese,” and dabbed the surface and rim of the crust with olive oil into which I had crushed some fresh rosemary from my garden and some minced garlic.

After a mere 11 minutes and the sounding of the smoke alarm (I really need new pizza stones, as mine have a pizza residue that sometimes smokes), the pies were perfection: a crispy-on-the-outside-tender-on-the-inside crust and a beautiful moist red, white and green topping bursting with fresh flavors, colors and texture.

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Vegan Heritage Press
Spring 2011

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5 comments

  1. Sounds delicious! Can't wait for the recipe!

  2. this sounds really good! i will be looking for the recipe 🙂

  3. Diane and Shelly, it's coming right up. I got home in time to snap some photos of it in the daylight before I gobbled the last one up for dinner with a glass of Vouvray. YUM!

  4. I just found your blog and it looks delicious. I sometimes eat meat, but very little of it and mostly stick to veggies.
    Will follow you and your recipes and will comment more after I've tried them. Thank you for sharing your passion.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Peggy. I hope you find many dishes that you love on TBP. Welcome!

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