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Zucchini blossoms! I fucking love zucchini blossoms! Look how gorgeous they are! Delicate & delicately flavored – they are a lovely addition to many dishes – if only for the splash of color they add. They do have a flavor, though, and finding a dish that uses them that is tasty but doesn’t overwhelm the blossoms can be tricky. I have posted another pizza yesterday, my Zucchini Squash Blossom White Pizza with Goat Cheese and Ricotta and Mozzarella.
It was yummy – but I think I prefer the one I am posting here now. Today’s pizza is colorful & flavorful & moist & easy & wonderful. With pizzas, I seldom give quantities for the ingredients because I feel that is really up to you. Some folks like lots of cheese – others do not. I used a lot of LARGE chunks of garlic in this. Some might find that heavy-handed. So – use this as a guideline & make your own decisions but – if you find zucchini blossoms – buy them & try them in something because they are a pure delight & only around for a few weeks.
Zucchini Squash Blossom Pizza with Garlic Zucchini, Tomatoes & Herbs
Pizza dough (I use THIS & make it in my bread machine)
Zucchini blossoms (I used about 10)
1 tomato – diced
1 zucchini – sliced thin
4-5 cloves garlic – roughly chopped
Grated mozzarella (or vegan alternative)
Fresh mozzarella (or vegan alternative)
Salt (you gotta try the Pink Himalayan)
Herbs (I used a mix of chopped basil, mint and parsley – with the fresh MINT being extra special here)
Heat the oven to 450.
Remove the stems & center thingy from the blossoms.
Chop the blossoms up.
Heat some live oil in a saute pan & saute the zucchini rounds & chopped garlic over medium heat until the rounds soften. Reserve the olive oil & garlic & drain the zucchini on a paper towel.
Roll the dough out & place it on a cooking sheet with either parchment paper or treat the pan with cooking spray.
Brush the olive oil from the zucchini onto the crust & add the garlic. Pierce the crust in several places so it doesn’t bubble up & bake for 5-10 minutes.
Take it from the oven & top it with a layer of grated mozzarella, the zucchini rounds (add a little salt here), some diced tomato, fresh mozzarella & most of the chopped blossoms (reserve some for garnish).
Bake this pretty fucker for another 10-15 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking. Garnish with more chopped blossoms & the chopped herbs. Yyyyymmmmm!