This week's "Meatless Monday" Recipe of the Week is Winter Leaf Pizza. Meatless Pizza featuring beets, kale, and beet greens with ricotta as toppings! You can find this recipe on one of my favorite sites, http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/. The PBS site has a great selection of recipes for all tastes and cuisines. Check it out soon!
Winter Leaf Pizza
This vegetable pizza features beets, kale, and beet greens with ricotta.
1 beet, beet greens reserved and roughly chopped
1 (12-inch) pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
1 leaf of kale, stem removed and roughly chopped
2 ounces ricotta cheese
2 ounces shredded mozzarella
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Parmesan, for garnish
1 - Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wrap the beet in foil and place in a small baking dish. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before removing it from the foil (it’ll be hot!) Slice the beet into 1/4-inch slices and set aside.
2 - Increase heat to 500 degrees F. (Some ovens will only go up to 450F—that’s ok!) If you own a pizza stone or pizza steel, you can place that in the oven to preheat that. Alternatively, you can use a baking sheet. Spread a handful of cornmeal on the surface of the baking sheet or pizza peel. Spread out the pizza dough until it reaches a roundish shape; perfection is not required. Spread the ricotta onto the pizza dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch rim. Add the sliced beet, chopped beet green, kale, and mozzarella. Transfer to the oven to bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is melty and the edges of the pizza crust are lightly browned. Remove and slice up.