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Beetroot pizza with pear, Blue Cheese and curly kale

Beetroot pizza with pear, Blue Cheese and curly kale

Cook 35 mins 4 servings

Look to dazzle and impress guests with our exciting take on beetroot pizza. Combining a homemade crust, baked greens and savoury toppings of zesty pear, blue cheese, almonds and cheddar this beet crust pizza is not shy of attention. Colourised by way of fresh beetroot and beetroot juice, its delicate crust packs flavour like no other and delivers a satisfying bite on top! It is not all just good looks and great flavour, it is easy to prepare as well – before you know it, you will be diving in on a slice of homemade pizza-goodness! With this extravagant beet pizza recipe in your arsenal, pizza night is every night.

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  • 200 g beetroots, peeled and rinsed
  • 80 g sunflower seeds
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 50 ml beetroot juice
  • 100 ml oil
  • 60 g Castello® Aged Havarti, shredded

Crispy curly kale

  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • whole curly kale leaves

Pizza toppings

  • 1 pear
  • Castello® Danablu
  • Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar, shredded
  • almonds
  • olive oil


1. Grate the beetroot and drain in a cloth (there should be 200g after the juice has been drained off)

2. Grind the sunflower seeds into a flour

3. Combine all the ingredients for the crust and form into a solid mass. Place the mass between two pieces of baking parchment, and roll out to a thin round crust.

4. Pre-bake the crust at 200°C for approx. 15 min.

5. Rinse and dry the curly kale, then chop into smaller pieces and massage with oil, salt and pepper.

6. Spread the kale onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 170°C for approx. 10-15 min until crisp. (It burns easily, so keep a close watch.)

7. Cut the pear into slices.

8. Take the pre-baked pizza crust and top with the Castello® Mature Cheddar, pear slices and Castello® Danablu. Bake for approx. 5-7 min. until the cheese has melted.

9. Once out of the oven, top with the baked kale and chopped almonds and drizzle with olive oil.

Drink pairing

Drink pairing

A perfect drink for the perfect bite, pairing your favourite meal with the right beverage is a sure-fire way of giving your entire experience a big lift, and it is a lot easier than you would think! It is all about finding the balance between contrasts, and when you cater to the strongest flavours in your dish, finding that perfect equalizer comes naturally.

Drink pairing

Drink pairing

When it comes to beers, opting for lighter variants is an obvious choice. Pilsners and wheat beers offer great tartness and often even add a sense of fruitiness to your palate. Generally, beers with light citrusy overtones balance the characteristics of our Beetroot Pizza perfectly.

Drink pairing

Drink pairing

Wines with tones of herbs work wonders when paired with elegant recipes such as our Beetroot Pizza, and the tart flavours from a Sauvignon Blanc or Gruner. Their sense of pepper notes and overall fresh and bright flavours match perfectly with delicate nature of our recipe. Their ripeness has plenty of strength to counterweight any decadence from the cheese, allowing you to truly taste the subtle nuances of this playful pizza.

Sensory hack tip

Sensory hack tip

Generous dashes of our beloved Castello® Traditional Danish Blue add aroma and intensity to your palate. Its complexity combined with its smooth texture offers a balanced profile of flavour that keeps on developing as it lingers. Having a slightly stronger presence when baked, it pairs beautifully with light shavings of our Castello® Extra Matured Cheddar. Adding a sense of immediate sharpness, it works to unify the characteristics from each ingredient, resulting in a perfect slice every time.

Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestion

This unique recipe calls for a cheese garnish out of the ordinary. Given the light and delicate nature of our beet crust pizza, there is plenty of room for flavours to develop and flourish. For this to happen, it is important that you choose the right kind of cheese in terms of both taste and texture as one too mild could make your pizza feel plain. For this recipe, we chose two of our absolute favourite kinds of cheese to provide the perfect amount of nuance and character!