Caramelized Onion, Apple, & Kale Pizza

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Uncool = leaving home at 6:45 a.m., arriving home at 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Uncool = no natural light after 2:45 p.m.

Further uncool = desperately trying to photograph delicious food creations, post-6:00 p.m., with no natural light, while the delicious food is rapidly getting cold, the amateur lighting setup is threatening to collapse on the delicious food, and, ultimately, failing to capture the extent to which said delicious food was delicious.

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Welcome into my life, winter.

Except that you’re not welcome. You’re unyielding, you’re dark, and you’re bitter. Yes, bitter. Bitter. And you make me bitter.

Good thing that I had this delicious, hard to photograph, caramelized onion, apple, & kale pizza to warm my heart, soul, and belly.

This little diddy was inspired by my maple-apple and caramelized onion grilled cheese sandwich, originally made on delicious, easy, and deliciously-easy, homemade beer bread.

With a basket overflowing with onions, a drawer full of kale, apples on the edge of their seats, and a hope in my heart, I whipped up this uber-yummy homage to that tasty ‘ol grilled cheese.

Reinvented and, yet, just as delightful.

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Caramelized Onion, Apple, & Kale Pizza

Inspired by my Maple-Apple & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich and my eager bunch of kale.

Ingredients
Pizza Dough (1/2 the recipe)
4 medium yellow onions, sliced thinly
1 small bunch kale, chopped
2 granny smith apples, sliced thinly
1 cup finely shredded aged cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp maple syrup
a few pinches of cayenne pepper
a pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
1. Prepare the pizza dough (1/2 the recipe).

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2. In a cast iron skillet, over medium-low heat, heat 1 Tbsp oil with 1 Tbsp butter. Add the sliced onions, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, a pinch of cayenne, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute (stirring often) for 20-30 minutes, until caramelized. As the onions becoming increasingly caramelized, progressively turn down the heat to ensure that the onions don’t burn. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.
3. In the same skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil and add the sliced kale, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a pinch of nutmeg, and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Saute until the kale is wilted. Remove from the heat and transfer to a different bowl.
4. Using the same skillet once more, heat the last Tbsp oil and add the sliced apples. Add 1 Tbsp maple syrup, a pinch of cayenne, salt and pepper. Saute 6-7 minutes until softened. Remove from the heat.
5. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
6. When the pizza dough is ready, divide it in two. Roll one out and place it on a lightly oiled pizza pan. Bake the crust for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and lower the temperature to 450 degrees.

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7. Spread half of the caramelized onions evenly atop the par-baked crust. Follow with half the apple slices, half the kale, and half of the shredded cheese.

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8. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool, slightly, before serving.

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9. Repeat with the second dough.