Trader Joe’s Kale, Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Pizza. I know I can hear all you pizza snobs saying “Oh no not another trendy, yuppie pizza from Trader Joe’s!” but yes we have another yuppified pizza from Trader Joe’s and it’s a good one! If you are a long time reader of this blog, you know that I am a bit of a pizza aficionado myself. I make my own crust on a regular basis and I buy Trader Joe’s dough all the time when I need to make a quick pizza for the kids. I don’t normally buy the frozen pizzas at Trader Joe’s anymore. I did when my kids were really small and it was a quick and easy meal for them. Unfortunately, I have myself to blame here, my kids like my homemade pizza so much they will not eat frozen pizza anymore!
But, the good news is that my wife and I will eat a pizza like this if we need a quick and easy meal. We were walking through the frozen section a couple of days ago and saw a new pizza in the pile of pizzas that Trader Joe’s carries. (I do mean a large pile! I think they have 15 different pizzas now!) We grabbed one mainly to do a review on it, but my wife thought it might be a good, quick weeknight meal.
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This is not a traditional “American” pizza by the fact that there is no tomato sauce or any sauce for that fact. This pizza actually comes from Italy, as do many of the Trader Joe’s pizzas. This pizza is made up of crust, kale, sweet potato, squash and cheese. Pretty darn simple. The cheese is Parmesan. As with most of the pizzas at Trader Joe’s, you just warm up the oven to 400 degrees and stick the pizza on wire rack for about 12 minutes. It’s hard to tell when these pizzas are done since the crust is already cooked. You are mainly looking for the toppings to be cooked through and the cheese to be melted a bit.
The pizza turned out great! We really loved the combination of kale, squash and sweet potatoes. When we pulled the pizza out of the box, it looked a little light on the cheese. Most Trader Joe’s pizza are a little light on the cheese and could use an additional sprinkling of something. For this pizza, we put a sprinkling of Quattro Formaggio on top. The crust was light and crunchy with lots of bubbly air pockets in the crust. We had this with a simple salad and that was enough for the two of us for dinner.
We really enjoyed this Trader Joe’s Kale, Sweet Potato and Kale pizza. I liked the melange of flavors from the vegetables and the crust was really good too. My wife was especially gushing about it and said I should give ten bells, but I wasn’t happy with the lack of cheese and that is easy to remedy but if Trader Joe’s wants perfection, it should come out of the box with enough cheese. So, I am going to knock this down a couple of bells and give them 8 Bells! Enjoy!