Growing up in the south of Johannesburg I was surrounded by Portuguese culture, many of my friends are Portuguese, and the rest of Johannesburg gets together around Easter time to celebrate and eat Portuguese food at Lusito Land.
This being said, the first time I ever had Caldo Verde, was at a friends 21st. Caldo Verde is a traditional Portuguese green soup, with the main ingredients of kale, potatoes and sometimes, for a meaty twist, chorizo (a spicy Portuguese sausage) is added too.
Since it is summer in the southern hemisphere, the idea of soup makes me all hot and bothered, but I still wanted the similar tastes of the green soup. And that’s where the Caldo Verde pizza was born. The main ingredients for a soup, piled on top of a pizza, and baked until warm and crispy!
For the bases, I used frozen, store bought focaccia breads, but if you have time to wait for dough to rise, please feel free to use your favourite pizza dough recipe. I haven’t put any quantities in my recipe, since the amount you use is totally dependent on your preference.
- Chorizo sausage
- Spring onions
- Feta (optional)
- Kale (or if you can’t find any, like me, use baby spinach)
- Pizza bases
- Preheat oven to 200° C
- Using a mandolin, or your crazy knife skills, finely slice a potato.
- Boil the potatoes for between 5 and 10 minutes, until soft
- Slice the chorizo, and add to a dry pan on a high heat. Fry until browned and glistening on both sides (there is enough fat in the sausage, to not have to use oil)
- Finely chop the spring onion, kale/spinach and feta
- Take your pizza base, and add the garlic and rosemary
- Then add the cooked potato slices, spring onion and kale/spinach
- Top with the feta and chorizo
- Cook for 8 to 15 minutes, until the bottom of the pizza just starts to crisp up and brown (the time will vary according to what base you use, frozen bases take longer than fresh)
And there you have it, my soup turned pizza!