Craving Pizza? Try This…
So a couple weeks ago I ran across this recipe on Pinterest for zucchini pizza crust and I decided to pin it because I am in the search for a healthier and gluten free pizza option. I have tried the cauliflower crust pizza before and I was okay with it but my family didn’t like it. I was hoping that my family would enjoy the zucchini better than cauliflower. After about a week my pin had been re-pinned like crazy!! I figured if it was so popular on Pinterest it might also be enjoyed by all of you.
Of course, I didn’t want to share something like this without having tried it myself; so I am going to tell you what I did and then list the original post where I found it.
Okay, so first I must say that I am the kind of person who likes to deviate from instructions and true to my ways I did a little on this recipe as well. I did everything that is listed except for two things:
1. The cheese. I used 1c. shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2c. grated Parmesan cheese in the crust mixture then added 1c. of shredded mozzarella cheese on top when I was ready to add toppings.
2. I had my oven at 450* on the convection setting which started to burn up my pizza so I had to lower the temp. to 400* Everything else I did as listed.
Flavor: was pretty good and my family definitely liked it better than the cauliflower option.
Texture: Even though I burned the edges my pizza just did not get crispy enough!
I have seen some zucchini crust pizza recipes that call for like 1/2 c. flour to be added to the mixture. I’d have to use gluten free flour but I am wondering if this would help and if it would change cook time or temperature setting.
Here is a photo of the pizza that I made:
If any of you have any ideas on how i might be able to make this again with better results let me know. I think it is a great option for those time when you are craving pizza but don’t want all of the extra calories.
Here is the original post that I found this recipe on:
Zucchini Crust Pizza!
September 12, 2010 by Debs
When I wrote about cauliflower crust pizza, reader Sarah tipped me off on theSeattle Local Food Facebook page to another idea: zucchini crust. Apparently it’s a trick she learned from her grandmother.
Grandmother-approved and grain-free? I had to check it out. If it was as delicious as it sounded, it could be the ultimate cure for too-much-zucchini season.
It works just like the cauliflower crust, only you pre-shred the zucchini raw, and drain out its excess liquid, whereas you mash the cauliflower after cooking it. If you have a food processor with a top shredding blade, assembling this crust is pretty quick. The whole pizza-making process is actually pretty quick.
The result is a thinner crust than the cauliflower, with a nice chewiness. A wetter topping, like tomato sauce, can make it a bit soggy, but it tastes so good, I don’t mind. Pesto works really well too. I used some of the nettle pesto from my freezer on one pizza. Delicious.
The pizza above has tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, extra parmesan, fresh yellow tomatoes added at the end, and a sauté of garlic, onion, Italian parsley, and King Oyster mushrooms I picked up while I was at the Santa Monica farmers’ market (any mushrooms will do).
About the crust proportions: You can really vary them, as long as there is enough egg to bind the other ingredients together, enough cheese to brown, and enough zucchini (with water squeezed out) to give it character. More cheese will make a crispier, browner crust.
Okay, too-much-zucchini season: Bring it on. My toppings are ready.
Zucchini Crust Pizza!
This recipe can be doubled.
For the crust:
- 1 large egg or 2 small ones
- About 3 small-medium zucchinis (mine were about 8″)
- 1.5 cups grated parmesan or mozzarella. I liked parmesan best for this one.
See note above about how you can vary these proportions according to your taste, your desired crispiness, etc.
For the toppings:
Use anything you like on a pizza. General formula:
- Mild tomato sauce OR pesto
- Grated firm mozzarella cheese OR sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
- Ricotta cheese or goat cheese, for small dollops on top (optional
- Assorted vegetables. Pre-sauté for extra flavor, especially if you’re using onion, garlic and mushrooms. A little italian parsley or basil is nice too; the basil can be added fresh after the pizza is cooked, and the parsley is nice in the sauté. Finely chopped greens are nice. Fresh tomatoes can be added after the pizza is cooked too.
- Meat if you like/eat meat on pizza: Crumbled sausage would work well. Pre-sauté. Ground lamb or chicken would be tasty, cooked with lots of garlic.
- Olive oil, black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Grate the zucchini.
3. Sprinkle salt on the zucchini and stir. Let it sit a few minutes.
4. Squeeze the water out. I found the easiest way to do this was to wrap it in cheese cloth or butter muslin and squeeze. You can also put the zucchini on one plate and press another plate on top of it, or put it in a colander and press a bowl into it.
5. Mix with egg and grated cheese.
6. Spread parchment paper on a pizza stone or baking sheet. Spread out your dough batter about 1/2 inch thick into a circle.
7. Put it in the oven and cook until it has browned, about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, as it is cooking, sauté any toppings you want cooked. I sautéed garlic, onions, mushrooms and Italian parsley.
9. Take the browned bottom crust out of the oven and admire it.
10. Cover it with your toppings.
10. Bake again until crust edges brown further and cheese on top melts into toppings. Take out of oven and add drizzled olive oil, grated black pepper, and optional fresh tomatoes and fresh basil. Serve hot.