Crispy Kale Pizza

Crispy kale pizza (click through for recipe) Crispy kale pizza (click through for recipe)Pizza will probably forever be my one true food love. That doesn’t mean I’m in the mood to eat pizza every night (I doubt my clothes would fit anymore if I adopted that habit). But I do absolutely love pizza. It’s a treat for me.

Crispy kale pizza (click through for recipe) I would still say this pizza is a treat. Because it’s totally delicious. But you can totally feel better about eating this a little more often if you like because it is packed with good-for-you ingredients like kale and whole wheat. Win-win.

Crispy kale pizza (click through for recipe) Crispy Kale Pizza, makes one extra large pizza.

1 cup warm water
pinch of sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons (one packet) active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups (white) flour
1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups chopped kale (center stems removed)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt (fine grain sea salt is best for the flavor)

1 cup of your favorite cheese (I used fresh mozzarella)
1/2 cup of your favorite pizza sauce (I used a store-bought kind mixed with a little pesto)

Proofing yeastIn a small bowl stir together the warm water and sugar. You really can just add a pinch of sugar; no need to measure. I find a little sugar helps really get the yeast going. Next, pour the yeast on to the surface of the water. Allow that to sit and foam for 5-6 minutes.

In a large bowl combine the flours and salt. Stir the yeast water into the flours until a dough ball forms. If you find your dough feels too dry and crumbly (if it’s not sticking together), add another tablespoon of water. Knead the dough by hand for 3-4 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for about 1 hour, until it has doubled in size.

Roasted kaleMeanwhile, rinse and dry the kale. Remove the center stem from each leaf. Chop into small pieces. Toss in olive oil and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt. Bake at 400°F for 6-7 minutes until the kale is beginning to crisp. If you are using a pizza stone (which I highly recommend), go ahead and place it in the 400°F oven now.

Whole wheat pizzaWhole wheat pizza Punch the dough down, then roll out on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out as thin as you can, but make sure it’s not too large so that it exceeds the size of your pizza stone (or baking pan). Dust your pizza peel with corn meal (or a little bit of flour). Place the dough on the peel. Quickly cover with sauce, cheese, and the kale. Gently glide the pizza off the peel and onto your hot pizza stone. Bake for 24-26 minutes, until the edges look crispy and the cheese looks melty.

Whole wheat pizza Emma ChapmanIf you enjoy making pizza at home, I highly recommend investing in a pizza stone and peel. Maybe put it on your holiday list next year? This really makes baking pizza a breeze and results in a more crispy crust. But I’ve also made pizza at home many, many times without these tools and that’s wonderful as well. I mean, it is pizza we’re talking about. Yum! xo. Emma

Crispy Kale Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons one packet active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped kale center stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt fine grain sea salt is best for the flavor
  • 1 cup of your favorite cheese I used fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite pizza sauce

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl stir together the warm water and sugar. You really can just add a pinch of sugar; no need to measure. I find a little sugar helps really get the yeast going. Next, pour the yeast on to the surface of the water. Allow that to sit and foam for 5-6 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flours and salt. Stir the yeast water into the flours until a dough ball forms. If you find your dough feels too dry and crumbly (if it's not sticking together), add another tablespoon of water. Knead the dough by hand for 3-4 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for about 1 hour, until it has doubled in size.
  3. Meanwhile, rinse and dry the kale. Remove the center stem from each leaf. Chop into small pieces. Toss in olive oil and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt. Bake at 400°F for 6-7 minutes until the kale is beginning to crisp. If you are using a pizza stone (which I highly recommend), go ahead and place it in the 400°F oven now.
  4. Punch the dough down, then roll out on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out as thin as you can, but make sure it's not too large so that it exceeds the size of your pizza stone (or baking pan). Dust your pizza peel with corn meal (or a little bit of flour). Place the dough on the peel. Quickly cover with sauce, cheese, and the kale. Gently glide the pizza off the peel and onto your hot pizza stone. Bake for 24-26 minutes, until the edges look crispy and the cheese looks melty.

Credits//Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Piper from the Signature Collection.

  • We have pizza night once a week. Mainly homemade. They are always the best nights.

  • I am TOTALLY using my garden kale for this!!! Thanks for the recipe.

  • For the person who asked about how goat cheese would taste, I think that sounds like a heavenly combo!

    Maria xx
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  • I love making homemade pizza but have only done kale once. I need to revisit it!

  • I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks absolutely delicious!
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  • Love this! I posted a recipe just like it on my blog last week, but with a gluten free crust plus some mushrooms http://www.agirladegree.com/crispy-kale-cheese-sticks/ Great minds think alike!

  • hmm.. you’ve inspired me to make some home made pizza this weekend!
    xo, cheyenne

  • YUM! This pizza looks delicious!

    Also: Where did you get that adorable apron from?!?!(Please forgive me if you made it and blogged about it and I missed it and I suck).

  • Besides a healthy juice, now I know what to do with that bag of kale sitting in my fridge. Thanks Emma! 🙂

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

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  • This sounds so delicious! It’s going on our menu soon–I already have kale growing in my garden!

  • This pizza looks delicious! I love crispy kale chips and I imagine they lend the same texture and savory quality to pizza. Thanks for posting!

    Lauren at http://thechicagolifestyle.com

  • Freaking delicious! I totally want to make a tomato and spinach pizza with lots of cheese!

  • This is my kind of pizza! yum!

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  • I actually make this exact pizza recipe all the time, except with spinach instead of kale. I’m inspired to try it with all kinds of different sauces and kale now!! Can’t wait. mmmmm

    <3 dani
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  • This looks amazing – as do all of your food blogs! I have a question though, when I use cups as a measurement, the recipe doesn’t exactly always turn out right as I need to convert measurements to g’s & oz’s where I am (UK), and the weight can vary sometimes depend on the ingredient used (for instance 1/4 cup of white sugar is 50g, but 1/4 cup of brown sugar can be 55-60g). Do you ever need to convert to grams when working on your recipes – in which case what conversion do you use (1 cup = ? grams), or do you only use cup measurements?

    Thank you for your help! Teresa

  • Yummi I just love pizza:-)
    They can be made so many ways, so only the fantazy …………

    My friend baked the most lovely american cupcakes:
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    So i love BlogLAND:-)

    HEIDI

  • I also love pizza, and yes, if you eat it on an almost daily basis I can tell that you are not going to fit in your clothes…by the way this one looks delicious and crispy and also it’s fun to see you tasting a little piece for the pictures!

    Side note: I don’t have a youtube account and I couldn’t comment the kitchen tour video, so I just want to say that it was great.

    Keep being amazing!

  • looks ABSOLUTELY delicious!

    Valentina
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

  • hey it’s superb and amazing pizza , thanks for this post guys….it’s simply awesome

  • This look fabulous! Perfect for summer! I’m all about those pizza stones!

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  • This looks fantastic! I like to make pizza about once a week, so I am always looking for new recipes. I really prefer the taste of healthier pizzas, so this will be just right!

  • ive been meaning to ask where did you get your kitchen towels? are they thick? i hate spending a lot on towels bc in my kitchen they get stained all the time … yours look sturdy and cute at the same time!

  • Emma, where did you get that pizza stone and peel? Looks delicious!

  • yum! this sounds great!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • the pizza looks amazing, but i’m in love with the apron!! details, please?!

  • Sounds perfect right about now. I’ll try this with gluten free crust xoxoxo <3
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  • I’ve watched this video 3 times now and love it more and more each time! Love the open shelving! We just finished ours today, so I’ve been looking at your staging of them. It’s all beautiful! Oh and I also love your pop of yellow and the barn door! Great job! ~Kathy@The Daily Nest

  • I have a weird obsession with kale, but I’ve never tried kale on a pizza. Imagine a kale pizza on cauliflower crust… it’s almost like a salad 😉

  • I am a Pizza freak and NEED to make this! It looks delicious 🙂 Yum Yum
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  • I can’t wait to try this one. It looks so yummy. I’m adding it too my meal plan for next week now.

    Katie | http://grazingpagesthefamily.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I love oven baked pizza! I really want to get the pizza stone and peel!

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  • My dad has built a pizza oven in our back garden so we are constantly looking for new methods to spice up pizza! This looks like a perfect option – definitely something to try on Wednesday’s pizza party!

  • Mmmm this looks so good. By the way I love your kitchen area.

  • Yes, I agree – pizza is my one true food love! Unfortunately I can no longer eat it because I am dealing with major food intolerances, but that doesn’t prevent me from drooling at these great pictures 😉

  • Love a good homemade pizza <3 Definitely gonna try this recipe out, because I’m always looking for foods that I love that are a little bit healthier than getting it from a restaurant. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • this looks amazing! at school I like making personal pizzas in a cast iron skillet–it’s a helpful tool when you don’t have a lot of space and you’re just cooking for one!

  • Oh my goodness, Emma! That looks amazing! My mum loves making homemade pizzas, I’m sending her this right now!!!

    Xx from the Girl in the Houdstooth Coat

  • Yummy! I love making healthy versions of my favorite foods! This looks and sounds amazing! David and I will definitely be making this soon as we’re trying to eat slightly healthier (we never really have eaten that poorly) but still enjoy our favorite foods!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • i’ve never had kale on pizza before but seeing as it is a favourite, this looks divine!
    xx

  • I never say no pizza as well it’s one of my fav dishes, funnily enough I put a kale pizza recipe up on my blog a few weeks ago

  • My friend’s family owned one of those pizza stones but unfortunately, the liquid from making pizzas caused it to crack. This pixxa looks delicious nonetheless! 🙂

  • This pizza looks delicious! Dough has always been my arch nemesis though – I’ve never been very good at rolling it out well at all. Any tips you can share?

  • Love this! Homemade pizza is my favorite party food. I love throwing a few doughs together in the afternoon and having friends over to create their own concoctions. And now that the weather’s cooperating I’ll throw the pizza stone on the grill for an awesome smokey flavor! OK I’m hungry now. Thanks!

    dearest darling

  • Thats a whopper!! Love this…proper pizza…;))

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  • This looks great. Loving your food posts! I think this looks like the perfect pizza to try something I have been dying to try- cooking an egg on the pizza. Do you think it would work here?

  • Emma! Looks amazing. We do homemade pizza around here probably once a week and we’ll be giving this one a try! Question: how do you think goat cheese would taste with the kale?

  • Hey Emma this looks delish, I’m like you: I would never say no to pizza. When I’m not in the mood to cook dinner I have this great trick: I add some fresh tomatoes and goat cheese on a frozen pizza before heating it. When I pull it out of the oven I add some arugula and done! It isn’t as good as a fresh pizza but it is a really good improvement from plain frozen pizza. 🙂
    mariska

    http://freecarnation.com

  • Yum! This one goes on my dinner plan for next week 🙂 I don’t have a pizza stone, but turning the baking tray upside down and pre-heating it along with the oven works quite well in my experience. A great win in small kitchens 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    xo
    Camilla
    http://kapteinmoe.blogspot.no/

  • Hmm. That’s a good question. I’m not quite sure. Kale is very thick, leafy green. So you could probably use some other kind of heavy-duty-green leafed plant. Not sure what might be available in your area. Good luck!

    -Emma

  • I think that’s a great idea! You can total use pizza stones are all sorts of different baked goods. Very useful, if you have space for it that is. My first two apartments I did NOT have any extra space so I can understand that.

    -Emma

  • Ha! Yes, a whopper indeed. This pizza is for sharing for sure. 🙂

    -Emma

  • It looks so yummy. I’ve got to get one of those oven stones. But first up, a new oven 🙂

    Bon appetite!

  • I started the dough for my first homemade pizza last night. So nervous, but it’s time to get over my strange fear of yeast and dough. Will definitely have to try this version soon!

  • This looks so scrumptious!! We don’t have Kale her in India! any alternatives I could use! This is yum!

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  • So very jealous of your pizza stone but then again as we’re transitioning from old flat to a new kitchen I don’t even have an oven right now. These are tough times.
    Maybe I should get myself a pizza stone as a reward once the new kitchen arrives.

    The Appleberry

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