Pizza Pizza…Lamb & Kale

25 Oct

I went to Grub Street’s Food Festival at The Hester Street Fair last Sunday and sampled a few of the tasty treats. One of my favorite dishes was from Northern Spy Co., a restaurant in the E. Village. They served a lamb meatball sandwich with kale slaw and yogurt dressing. The combination of the flavors in the dish was amazing. I was in the mood for pizza the next day so I decided to make something inspired by their sandwich dish using lamb sausage, kale and goat cheese.

I am totally obsessed with kale lately. ‘ perfect season for it and I can’t seem to eat enough of it. I really loved the combination of the kale with the lamb so definitely wanted to try this on a pizza.

I’ve written about making pizza for this blog before. It is so simple to make at home and it honestly tastes 10 times better than eating out. This pizza basically uses 5 ingredients and takes less than hour to prepare and be ready on the table. It really is that simple.

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Makes enough for 2 servings (or 1 if you’re super hungry)

  • 1/2 package of store-bought whole wheat pizza dough (store the other half for another day)
  • 1-1/2 links lamb sausage (remove the casings)
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 package of 1.5 oz goat cheese
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil

Preheat oven to 500 degrees

Take a head of kale and rip off the leaves from the stems. I only use the leaves for this recipe. Chop the stems roughly and set aside. You will have a lot more kale than you need for the pizza. I put the leftover in an airtight bag and keep it in the refrigerator to make a salad or add to another dish later in the week.

Slice the onions thinly and set aside.

In pan, add olive oil to coat the bottom and cook the lamb sausage. The sausage had no extra seasonings, so I decided to add some of mine at home. I added some basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper. I didn’t measure these, just add some and taste the sausage. When the sausage is almost cooked add the onions. Then shut the stove off and add the kale. Evenly mix the kale throughout the sausage/onion mixture. The heat from the pan will wilt the kale down to about half the size of what you added. Set aside to cool while you work on the dough.

Brush cookie sheet with olive oil, this is so the pizza won’t stick when cooking. Take half of the store-bought pizza dough and start massaging it with your hands to form the pizza crust. This will take a little patience and you need to be gentle with the dough so you don’t make any holes. Just keep pulling and working the dough at the edges to form a bigger circle or square. I like my crust really thin so I stretch my dough quite a bit. Place the dough on the cookie sheet and you can continue to stretch the dough on the sheet itself. Brush the top of the top of the dough with olive oil.

Now evenly distribute the lamb sausage, onion, kale mixture on top of the pizza. Try to cover the edges as far to the end as possible. Then take half a package of 1.5 oz goat cheese and break apart pieces in your fingers and toss all over the pizza. And that’s it.

Put the pizza in the oven to bake for 15 minutes until the toppings are cooked through and the pizza dough is brown along the edges. Be careful not to burn the kale. Slide the pizza onto a wooden cutting board and let it rest a couple of minutes. Then slice it up and serve immediately. It will be gone that quick, I promise you!

Making pizza at home is ridiculously easy. Its something you can do with your kids or your friends who are afraid to cook. You should experiment with different cheeses and toppings. If you get inspired by something you eat or see, just try it. I’m thinking my next pizza will be a breakfast pizza!

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