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Caramelized Butternut, Crispy Kale + Fontina Pizza with Pomegranate Salsa

It is perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas entertaining. Serve it as meal or cut it up into smaller pieces and serve it as an appetizer. People will be so impressed.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 40 mins
Rest1 hr 40 mins
Total Time3 hrs 35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 1196kcal


Pizza Dough


  • 6 cloves roasted garlic or 1 regular clove
  • 6-8 leaves sage to your taste
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese grated
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 1/2 cups butternut squash peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces fontina cheese shredded (or more!)
  • 1 leaves small bunch kale torn
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated

Pomegranate salsa

  • 3/4 cup pomegranate arils learn [how to deseed your pomegranate here | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/deseed-pomegranate-pictures/]
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • For the Dough: In a large bowl, combine water, yeast and honey. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in the flour and olive oil stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work the additional 1/2 cup flour in to the dough if needed, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. You can also do all the mixing and kneading in your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.
  • While the dough is rising I like to roast the garlic and prepare the rest of the pizza. Chop off the top portion of the garlic head to reveal cloves. Peel any excess paper/skin off from the bulb of garlic. Pour about a teaspoon of olive oil on top the garlic cloves, cover with foil and roast in a baking dish for 45 minutes, or until golden brown and soft. Allow to cool and then squeeze garlic out of the paper skin into a small bowl, set aside.
  • While the garlic is roasting, heat a large skillet over medium heat, add the butter and melt. Add the butternut squash and sprinkle with brown sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently to avoid burning for 20 to 25 minutes or until the squash is fork tender and beginning to caramelize all over. Once caramelized remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Add four cloves of roasted garlic, the sage, pine nuts, parmesan, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to the bowl of a food processor. Process until a thick sauce forms.
  • When the dough is ready add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Use your hands or a rolling pin to roll the dough out until you have a flattened disk. Place the dough on the pan and then use your hands to gently tug, pull and push the pizza dough into your desired shape (I made one 12-inch pizza).
  • Now spread on the roasted garlic/sage pesto sauce, followed by a couple handfuls of shredded fontina cheese. Top the pizza with the caramelized butternut squash and add a handful more of fontina cheese.
  • Slide the pizza into the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Add the kale to a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss well and massage the kale with your hands for a good 1 to 2 minutes. After the pizza has been cooking for 10-15 (10 if you like it doughy, 15 if you like it more crispy) minutes remove from the oven and spread the kale over the pizza. Then pop the pizza back in the oven for another 15 minutes or until the kale is crispy. I would start checking the pizzas around 5 minutes in and turning the pan if needed. The dough will sizzle a little since it’s on olive oil.
  • Once the pizza is done remove from the oven and allow to sit five minutes. Slice and serve with the pomegranate salsa!
  • To make the salsa, add the pomegranate arils, cranberries, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Toss well. Serve.


Calories: 1196kcal | Carbohydrates: 138g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 90g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 1689mg | Potassium: 1013mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 15645IU | Vitamin C: 83.9mg | Calcium: 853mg | Iron: 6.9mg