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Rustic Zucchini Crust Pizza

From Amy Goldman, special advisor to the SSE board and author; recipe from The Compleat Squash: A Passionate Grower’s Guide to Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds

Black Beauty zucchini

This rustic repast is something like a frittata but not quite as eggy. It is cooked in the oven like a pizza rather than on top of the stove. My daughter won’t eat zucchini in any other form.

Makes two 8-inch pizzas

Ingredients

  • 4 cups coarsely grated, unpeeled zucchini or summer squash
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil
  • Cornmeal for sprinkling
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 20 niçoise olives, pitted and chopped
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 or 3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, cut into strips

Preparation

Place the grated squash in a colander, salt generously, and set it aside for 30 minutes. Squeeze out the excess moisture with your hands.

Preheat oven to 425° F. Lightly coat two 11- by 17-inch cookie sheets with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the zucchini and flour. The mixture should have the consistency of cooked oatmeal; if it’s too sticky, add a little more flour.

Spread half the mixture on one prepared cookie sheet and half on the other, making two 8"-round crusts. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until puffed and slightly brown; remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 350° F.

Combine the mozzarella, olives, and scallions and sprinkle the mixture over each pizza, leaving a ½-inch margin along the edge. Sprinkle with oregano and arrange the tomato slices on top. Scatter fresh basil on top and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Return to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve hot or at room temperature.