Zucchini-Crust Pizza

I got the idea for this recipe in an old Bon Appétit cook book.

It was called 'Zucchini Pizza'.

I don't like that name…. My reasons follow the recipe.

As to the recipe…..

It was good, delicious, actually.

We had it as a first course and it was just right for that.

It was classified as a main course in the cook book, but I the way I made it wouldn't be substantial enough for a main course….

And if one added enough 'stuff' to make it more substantial I don't think it would work with the zucchini crust.

One could, of course, add bread and a gooey chocolate dessert.

So – try it…. And let me know if you come up with a better name.

Zucchini-Crust Pizza

Preparation and cooking time: 35 minutes

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini
  • 3 1/2 tbs flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2oz bacon
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • handful fresh basil
  • 1 tbs olive oil

Zucchini Crust Pizza

 Instructions:

  • Squeeze zucchini reasonably dry.  
  • In medium bowl whisk eggs and flour.
  • Add zucchini and mix well.
  • Lightly oil a pizza pan or baking sheet.
  • Divide mixture in half and make 2 flat circles
  • Bake, 220C (450F) for 10 minutes, until edges start to brown.
  • While crusts bake, fry bacon until crisp, then crumble.
  • Remove crusts, turn oven down to 175C (350F)
  • Top crusts with bacon, cheeses, basil and tomatoes
  • Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes

What's in a name?

Shakespeare had about 15,000 words at his disposal, and if he didn't have one that did the job he made one up.  

Modern English speakers have about 5,000 words at their disposal, and, apparently, no imagination to make up any new ones…. At least regarding food.

Pressing cauliflower through a potato ricer does not turn it into rice.  It may be useful, delicious, and any number of other things, but it's not rice. It's something else.

Vegetarian Cassoulet is Baked Beans.  The duck, duck fat and sausages are an integral part of cassoulet.  Without them it's just not cassoulet. It's something else.

Deep Dish Pizza is wonderful.  I absolutely love it.  But it's not pizza. It's something else.

Years ago I had a book of Sniglets… Words that aren't in the dictionary but should be.

Maybe the authors could come up with some new recipe names.

Starting with a zucchini-crusted pizza – that's not a pizza.

7 thoughts on “Zucchini-Crust Pizza”

  1. It looks delicious. I would be happy to eat that. But I agree, it is definitely not pizza. How about something like Italian Zucchini Slice? Or not……. 🙂

  2. Kate, I’m assuming the first ingredient is zucchini, though my mouth is watering too much to really care.
    And I think you’d be the perfect person to write a book called, “Cooklets,” or somesuch, riffing off of Sniglets. I think your humor (humour) comes in short bursts sharply delivered, so a daffynitions-type dictionary might well be up your alley. Do give it a thought. And I’m your editor. I’ve done some e-books for folks so have the basic functionality down to create them.

  3. We could call it “Zucchizza.” I’m going to try this tonight. I’ve got fresh mozzarella in the fridge and nice ripe tomatoes. No bacon, so I’ll have to think of something else. Thanks!

  4. Coleen, or Neapolitan zucchini? It was good LOL
    Dan, Oops – need a proof reader…. and editor. I’ll be in touch LOL
    manningroad, I wish I could find my Sniglets book….. Franglais could be fun!
    Val, I have lots and lots of zucchini left… will have this again, though.
    Zoomie, I like Zucchizza…. I think that’s a winner.
    Heather, zucchini crusted quiche…. thanks back for the idea. That could be next (still lots in the garden)

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