Friday, February 21, 2014

Weeknight Dinner: Kale and Bacon Pizza

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Almost a year ago, I made my first pizza with kale and once we ate it, I never looked back.  Usually, I can get John to consent to kale if it is very crispy and surrounded by lots of cheese!  If that surprises you, this must be your first visit to my blog, or else you don't listen well.  I'll leave the judgement to you.

With Valentine's Day on a Friday, I wanted to keep it really low-key.   I thought I could slave in the kitchen on Saturday and we could have a more special day then but by the end of a long week, I just want something easy and relaxed.  Even if it is Valentine's Day.  Poor John; he is an official saint for putting up with my exhaustion.

Anyway, I decided that bacon on his pizza would be just the thing to perk him up and since we have to continue to be healthy, I'd slip some kale on there and he wouldn't even KNOW the difference.  He knew, but I think he was so happy chomping on bacon that he could care less what else the pizza was graced with.  Lucky for me.  And Happy Valentine's Day to us!  Eventually, we got to a real celebration but you'll have to wait a week or two to enjoy that cake...sorry!
 
Kale and Bacon Pizza (adapted from Just a Taste)
Serves:  4 (1 pie)
4 slices bacon
8 ounces mozzarella, thinly sliced
2 cups kale leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onions
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Roll the dough out into your pizza pie pan.  Place the slices of mozzarella over the crust.  Set aside.  In a large skillet, cook bacon until well-cooked and crispy.  Keep the drippings but remove bacon from the pan and set on a paper towel.  Let cool slightly and then crumble. 

Toss 2-3 tablespoons of the drippings with the kale and garlic.  Evenly distribute the kale/garlic mixture over the top of the pizza.  Top with bacon and red onion.  Lastly, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 13-15 minutes, until crust is golden brown and crispy.  Serve immediately.

Until the next time my oven is on...


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