Do you have a favorite summer vegetable?
Hands down, mine is zucchini. I love it raw on salads, grated over homemade pizza, baked in the oven as a crispy chip, as a replacement for pasta, and now as a pizza. This is a great recipe for kids as well, since each pizza is bite-sized and easy to hold. I wanted to get a photo of the boys eating theirs, but they ate them too quickly, leaving little behind.
- 1-2 round zucchini
- 1 small can petite diced tomatoes
- fresh mozzarella cheese
- salt, pepper, basil, crushed red pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a pan or cover pan with foil.
- Wash and slice the zucchini. I found that the thicker slices were easier for eating, but if you want to have more pizzas and don't care about the mess, slice a bit more thinly. My sturdiest slices were about 1/4 of an inch.
- Lay the sliced out on a paper towel to dry. Sprinkle them with salt (a coarse kosher or sea salt is best) and let sit for 10 minutes. Water will bead to the top and this helps reduce the squishy wetness of the base. At the end, wipe the slices clean with a paper towel, removing excess water and salt.
- Lay the slices on the pan. Cover each with a little bit of the drained diced tomatoes (or tomato sauce, if you'd rather). Season with salt, pepper, and basil, then cover each with a slice of fresh mozzarella.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with more basil and crushed red pepper (if you like a kick).
- -You can use any old tomato sauce. I like the diced tomatoes, but totally a preference thing.
- -Same with the mozzarella. Feel free to use shredded.
- -If you can't find round zucchini, try using a regular zucchini, sliced length-wise into slices.
As for technique, this one utilizes the same one I gave for my Easy Eggplant Parmesan over at Sparkles and a Stove. Any time you’re using a vegetable with a high water content that you want to be firmer and not get all wet and icky during cooking, use salt to pull the water out. To make this dinner into a kid activity and not simply a kid-friendly meal, you can talk about this process of osmosis.
Do you have a favorite summer vegetable? Or a great veggie-based recipe to share?