This odd combo came to me as I was flipping through some zucchini recipes the other evening. I’d found a recipe for a zucchini flatbread that looked good and what is a flatbread anyhow except a pizza? So a substitute of pizza dough for the flatbread and a little tweaking of ingredients to fit what was hanging around in my pantry, this ended up making a pretty terrific pizza.
|Pizza dough out of the freezer|
Normally, if you’ve contemplated pizza for dinner ahead of time, taking the dough from the freezer to the refrigerator in the morning (or even the night before) is the process so that you will have dough ready to use upon arriving home.
This pizza was all about the squash that have been multiplying in my refrigerator. The whole wheat pizza dough I used made this a fairly healthy pizza. The pepperoni gave the squash some added flavor and I really think this would have been a dull pie without it, but substituting some red onion and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a little kick might accomplish the same effect.
My cheese drawer is generally full of a multitude of bits and pieces of cheeses, so picking out something appropriate was not difficult. I’ve found most people have shredded mozzarella in their refrigerators, so use that. If you don’t have goat cheese – well, go out and get some. Fresh goat cheese is a wonderful addition to your cheese drawer. It’s tangy and soft enough to crumble. I use goat cheese on salads and in omelets and now, on my pizza!
See below for a few words about baking pizza in a toaster oven.
Pepperoni and Yellow Squash Pizza
1 4-ounce pizza dough, ready to bake
3 tablespoons fresh goat cheese, crumbled
5-6 thin slices of yellow or green zucchini cut in half
5-6 pepperoni slices, cut in half
Drizzle of olive oil
2 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Sprinkle of California Seasoning (a blend of garlic powder and dried parsley)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees (or as high as it will go) with a pizza stone.
A few encouraging words about baking pizza in your toaster oven. If you’re baking for one person (as I do), heating your regular oven to 500 degrees is a waste of energy, especially if you are baking thinner crust pizzas. A pizza takes less than 15 minutes to bake and the oven can take up to 30 minutes to heat to this high temperature.
The pizza stones that I use in my big oven are six inches square and I have six of them in the big oven. My toaster oven will hold one of these and is the perfect size for my small, individual pizzas.