Kale and Caramelized Garlic Pizza with Gouda and Thyme

This pizza is quite versatile. It’s a modern veggie option for family pizza night. It’s also an easy and impressive choice for a romantic dinner for two. The cooked down garlic gives this grown up pie a nutty and sweet taste, which balances nicely with the sharp, fresh kale. The rich Gouda adds a sophisticated touch.


  • 1 frozen whole wheat pizza dough, thawed
  • 10-12 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, plus 3 sprigs for garnish
  • 1 bunch Josie’s Organics red kale, washed and coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup gouda, grated

Serves 6


Preheat oven to 450°.

Place garlic in a small skillet and add cold water. Turn on heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Cover. Turn heat down to medium and continue cooking, covered, until the cloves are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.

Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and sauté garlic until it begins to brown. Add balsamic vinegar and honey. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes until garlic becomes soft and turns dark brown. Gently fold in the thyme leaves. Remove from heat.

In a large skillet, sauté kale in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high heat until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Roll out pizza dough to ¼-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray or lined with parchment. Drizzle with remaining Tablespoon of olive oil. Evenly sprinkle with half of the Gouda. With a large spoon, evenly distribute the kale over the cheese. Scatter garlic cloves on top and gently smash with the backside of the spoon. Spoon any leftover honey balsamic mixture on the kale. Top with remaining Gouda. Garnish with sprigs of thyme.

Bake for 20 minutes until crust is golden brown and puffy.

Let rest 5 minutes. Cut into 8 slices. Serve. If you prefer a little heat, sprinkle a few red chili flakes to taste.

Dress it Up

Turn this pizza into elegant cocktail party fare by rolling out the crust into a rectangle. Up the Gouda cheese to 1 cup, and double the honey and balsamic when cooking the garlic. Assemble the pizza as noted in the recipe. Cut into 1½-inch squares and serve on a platter.

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