03.08.11_Sweet Potato Kale Pizza

Caitlin and I have decided we are going to start trying to have a vegan "date night" every month where we can cook together or go out and try a new (or not so new) vegan-friendly restaurant. This month we decided to try and make this Sweet Potato Kale pizza that I had found a recipe for a while back and had sent to Caitlin as a must try. I love all of these things. I love sweet potatoes. I love kale. I love pizza. And I love onions. There was no way this could be bad.

While I sat in traffic attempting to get to Caitlin's apartment during rush hour on a Thursday, she ran to the store and got all the ingredients. The recipe called for:
  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • ½ bunch of kale, ripped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Whole wheat pizza dough
We made a few modifications to make it vegan such as using EVOO instead of butter, using soy instead of regular milk, and for the cheese, we only sprinkled Parmesan vegan substitute on top. We also cheated to save time and instead of making our own dough, used store bought dough from Whole Foods.

Once I finally made it to Caitlin's, she had already cooked the sweet potatoes in the microwave and the ingredients were all prepped. I spread out the dough on a oiled pizza pan. We quickly discovered that if the dough is cold, it will not stay stretched out. We then baked the crust by itself for a several minutes until it was slightly browned. While that was baking, I sauteed the kale and shallots in some EVOO while Caitlin mixed the sweet potatoes, soy milk, and sage. Once the crust was ready, we spread out the sweet potato mixture, top with the sauteed kale and shallots, then sprinkled Caitlin's mystery Parmesan vegan substitute on top for a little extra flavor. The pizza went back into the oven for about 10 minutes and it was time to eat.

This pizza was amazing. I scarfed down my half in record time. The recipe made enough toppings and sauce to cover two crusts so we ended up baking the second so Caitlin would have leftovers for lunch. I highly recommend trying this and will definitely be making it again. So good.

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