Vegan Pizza with Chard and Capers
The best part about being a member of our Community Supported Agriculture program is that you have fresh, quality ingredients to work with when you are preparing your daily meals. Chard is one of our favorites because it can be incorporated in meals that vary in complexity. This leafy green can be chopped and served in a quick salad, sauteed and placed on top of a healthy grain or stuffed, rolled and steamed for an elegant meal. You can even pickle the stems and have a quick snack on hand when you are rushing out the door. This delicious vegan pizza is just one way we celebrate and enjoy the mild flavor this nutritious variety offers. The slight bitterness of the chard, the salt brine of the capers and the bite of the red onion in combination with the crunch of the pizza dough define why this is one of our favorite go-to meals any night of the week.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh garlic
5 or 6 leaves of chard
1 medium red onion
1 tablespoon small capers, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 jar of pizza sauce (If you prefer to make your own, here is one of our favorite recipes)
3 - 3 1/2 cups of flour
2 1/2 ounces of fast rising yeast
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of warm water
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In large bowl, combine flour, yeast, and salt. Add the warm water and olive oil and knead for about 5 minutes or until mixture is well combined. Form the mixture into a ball and let it sit for 10 minutes in a warm place.
Warm a skillet over low heat. Add the red onion, olive oil and garlic and toss to coat. Make sure to spread evenly over skillet bottom. Cook for about 2 minutes or until garlic begins to brown. Add the chard and ncrease heat to medium. Cook for 2 minutes, until the green leaves appear slightly wilted. Add the capers and continue to cook for about 2 minutes. Next, add the lemon juice. Cover and continue to cook for about 1–3 minutes, until chard is tender. Set aside out of the heat.
Roll out the dough ball and fit to an oiled cast iron skillet, cookie sheet or pizza pan. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until very slightly browned.
Remove from oven and let cool. Spread the pizza sauce evenly on the pizza dough. Next, add the chard and caper mixture. Return the pizza to the oven for about 10 minutes until the crust is cooked all the way through and is golden brown. Remove from the heat and serve.