Summer Pizza

Summer Pizza

I love to make pizzas with fresh vegetables, especially this time of year. This pizza is simple, yet uses those tomatoes and zucchini that can sometimes overwhelm you this time of year! It’s a mix and match kind of meal, but it really can’t be beat!

What You’ll Need for the Crust:
2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour (Note: You can use white whole wheat flour instead.)
1 teaspoon of sea salt
3/4 to 1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of yeast
1 tablespoon of organic cane sugar or honey
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

You can use your favorite crust for this. This is mine.

In a large glass bowl stir together flour and sea salt. Set aside.

In a glass measuring cup or small glass bowl add water (start with 3/4 a cup and if you need more you can add it later), yeast and sugar or honey. Let sit for 2-5 minutes until foamy.

Slowly add the yeast/water mixture and olive oil to the flour and stir until dough ball forms. You may need all of the water or just some it, or maybe a touch more. It all depends on humidity and such. Knead for about a minute. (I just do this in the bowl.) Let sit for an hour to rise.

Use to make the pizza of your choice.

Summer Pizza

What You’ll Need to Make the Summer Pizza:
Pizza dough (see above or use your favorite)
1-2 large tomatoes, sliced
1 large zucchini, sliced
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
6-8 leaves of basil, cut into strips
1 tablespoon of oregano leaves, chopped
Mozzarella, shredded
Parmesan cheese, shredded
Goat cheese, crumbled
Sea salt

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Spread dough out on a pizza pan that has been oiled or sprayed with non-stick spray. Or you can makes smaller pizzas on a baking pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

Once dough is spread place a layer of tomatoes on top of the crust, covering as much of the surface as you can. Next spread zucchini out over the top of the tomatoes and be sure to cover any holes left by the tomatoes. Sprinkle the garlic over the top of the zucchini.

Top vegetables with mozzarella, Parmesan and goat cheese evenly. Last add basil and oregano and then sprinkle the top of the pizza with sea salt.

Bake for 12-18 minutes until crust is browned. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes: You can really add any other vegetables that you like, onions, yellow squash, mushrooms, etc. You could probably make this a grill pizza too.

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