Every now and again I have the distinct pleasure of getting to watch my six-year-old niece for the night. Last week she came over, and almost as soon as she walked in the door, she started singing, “Like the moon in the sky, it’s a big pizza pie, that’s AMORE!”
(Which I realize aren’t the correct lyrics to that song, but really I’m to blame because I think I taught it to her wrong.)
Why did she start singing this when she saw me? Well, it might be because we tend to eat pizza most of the nights I watch her. Maybe. And bake cookies. Usually.
I’m a really fun aunt. 🙂
I am a big time pizza lover, even when my niece isn’t around. And this pizza has some delicious flavors that I’m not positive would go over well with six-year-olds. I guess it depends on the six-year-old. This pizza has a chewy, crunchy crust topped with kale, pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, and drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction.
My favorite part is probably the pomegranate seeds. I just love the bright pop of flavor they add! Well, that and they are super pretty. 🙂
This pizza feels really light (almost like its trendy cousin—flatbread) because instead of any kind of sauce, it’s topped with a garlic, butter, olive oil situation. I personally love how all the flavors pair together, but if you just can’t deal with a pizza that’s going topless (and by topless, I mean sauce-less…get your mind out of the gutter!), then feel free to add one. I think this cream sauce would be divine. Up to you.
Pomegranate, Kale, Balsamic Pizza, serves 2-3.
This crust is the same one I use on my Chocolate Chip Pizza, but I’ll go ahead and repeat it here in case you plan to print.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (you can replace up to 1/2 cup with whole wheat if you like)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
big pinch (approximately 1/8 teaspoon) sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
Dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Then sprinkle the yeast over the top. Allow that to sit and activate for 5 minutes. The yeast should begin to look kind of foamy, a good sign. That means it’s doing its job. If your yeast doesn’t seem to change at all (doesn’t foam), check the expiration date on your container of yeast.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, yeasty water mixture and olive oil until a soft dough ball forms. Sprinkle your counter with flour and knead 3-4 times. Lightly oil your bowl (you can use the same one) and return the dough ball. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free spot for about an hour or until it has nearly doubled in size.
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup chopped kale
seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate
1/3 cup feta cheese
2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar reduction (you can often buy this already made, or make your own)
Once the dough has risen, roll out on a lightly floured surface until it’s very thin and about twelve inches in diameter. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. In a small bowl combine the melted butter, olive oil and minced garlic. Brush over the dough and bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes.
Then top with the chopped kale (massaged with a little olive oil, optional), pomegranate seeds and feta. Bake for another 5-6 minutes. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction while still warm.
Make some weird pizza for me soon, guys. You won’t be sorry. 🙂 xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
Have you ever tried Nonna Pia’s balsamic reduction? It’s my new obsession!!!
We def have before (used weird floors like bathrooms, that is). But yeah, this one is a total trick. 🙂
I’ve done that before… with mixed results (def dropped one on the floor once).
I’m pretty low fi with my pizza dough I guess. 🙂
Kale is totally crave-worthy if you ask me! It’s not just for donuts (although those are crave-worthy too). 🙂
It IS light pink penny tile! It’s actually a photo backdrop I made recently. I made four different tiled backdrops since I’m feeling the tile skillz pride after doing our kitchen backsplash with Trey. So, it’s really just a board I use to make pretty photos for this site. Total trick! I would love to cover my whole house in different colored penny and hex tile but that would cost a small fortune and probably not really go with me and Trey’s overall decor vibe. But I love the texture (and color) different tile backdrops can give a photo, so I got creative and made a solution that works for me. I’ll have to show you all of them next time we do a casual friday. 🙂
Kale yeah! This pizza looks amazing!
This seems like a really refreshing pizza.
I must say that no matter how often you post using a tile background I’m ALWAYS caught off guard. I’m like, are they doing their photo shoot on the bathroom floor? lol
My eyes skipped over to that too! Don’t get me wrong, this pizza looks amazing, but I’m super excited to see all of Emma’s house updates!
I’m excited to try this – I happen to have some pomegranates at home, but no kale or anything else. Maybe I will just try the combo of pomegranate and balsamic and see how that goes!
What a great idea ! Kale and pommegranate together is a really good combination!
Lovely. Funny I have a lot of balsamic viniger. I know this pizza taste amazing and oddly enough my nieces and nephews would eat it. They eat everything I cook (kimchi has to be mixed in something like eggs or pizza ) I will have to quadruple the pizzas there’s a lot of them. Store bought dough it is lol. Great post.
Gotta love a bit of kale!
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Oh, this looks so yummie!
ani from ani hearts
I’m really into this .. Totally making it. And, balsamic just makes everything better, you know? I think they should be collected like fine wines are. I just got a peach balsamic I plan to drizzle over a greek yogurt.
That is such an extraordinary ingredient combination, I am very curious how it tastes. Thanks for sharing!
That does sound delicious and I like the fact that this particular one is on the light side. It’s the perfect recipe for after holidays.
Ooo I like your method of making pizza dough. It doesn’t look hard at all! I am relieved to know that you don’t have to throw it up in the air.
OMG This looks so good!!!!
This pizza looks amazing! I completely agree about pomegranates – they give little bursts of flavour which I love in salads. I would have never thought to put them on pizza. Thanks for the inspiration x
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Healthy and delicious! Would definitely give this recipe a try!