If you planted a garden this year, you’re probably swimming in tomatoes and zucchini right now.
We asked our friend Mary Mac for new recipes beyond the usual salsa, salads, and zucchini bread. Mary Mac delivered with two new ways to combine our excess vegetables and one of our favorite foods, pizza.
Fresh Tomato and Vegetable Pizza
- Drizzle 2 Tbs of olive oil over a pre-baked pizza crust and spread it with the back of a spoon or pastry brush. You can use plain olive oil or infused.
- Choose your spices or spice blend. Any dipping spices that are made to be used with olive oils work very well. You’ll need about 1 Tbs of spices, or more if you like. You can also use dried or fresh basil and garlic. Make sure that your spices are spread over the entire surface of the crust.
- Toppings: Now add a layer of Plum tomatoes sliced ¼ inch thick-enough to cover the crust, then top with any or all of the following: Fresh spinach, fresh basil, fresh garlic, onions, mushrooms, roasted red peppers. You can also add grilled chicken or bacon if you like.
- Cheese: You can use mozzarella, provolone, a fresh buffalo mozzarella, fresh grated Romano or parmesan, a blend of cheeses, feta, any sort of vegan cheeses, or any other cheese you love.
- Bake at 350 for 10 – 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and begun to brown.
Fresh Zucchini Pizza
- Drizzle 2 Tbs of olive oil over a pre-baked pizza crust and spread it with the back of a spoon or pastry brush. You can use whatever olive oil you like, plain or infused.
- Sprinkle with dried or fresh basil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Slice zucchini into thin strips long ways. Use a small zucchini for this, 6 – 7 inches long and maybe 1 ½ inches in diameter or so. Sauté the zucchini in olive oil until is is soft, about 10 minutes. Arrange on pre-baked pizza crust.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes if desired, and a little more basil and garlic then top with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and begins to turn a golden brown in places.