Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Zucchini pizza with bacon and tallegio

Source: Jaimie Oliver

I totally dig Jaimie Oliver, the tv chef personality, and yet I don't think I've ever made any of his food before. I don't remember where I saw him do this pizza, but he has at least one show dedicated to pizza making, and this version was one quarter of his "pizza four ways". Truth be told, we just really needed to use up some CSA zucchini, and the thought of grilled zucchini, stir fried zucchini, soup with zucchini, or zucchini bread kind of made me want to stick a knife in my hand. So I remembered his pizza; add bread, tomato sauce, expensive cheese, and bacon to anything and it will make you want to lick the hot pizza stone (warning, you just might do that when you've come to the end of your pizza and you think, oh crap it's all gone).

1 premade whole wheat pizza crust (or make your own if you're not like me and aren't making this after work while you're already famished)
a couple of tablespoons of tomato sauce
1 large zucchini, sliced extremely thin (I use a vegetable peeler)
1-2 pinches chile flakes
3 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
a bunch of tallegio cheese (fontina if you can't find tallegio)
olive oil for drizzling

Preheat oven to 475
Build pizza on pizza stone or baking pan in this order: crust, sauce, zucchini, bacon, chile flakes, cheese
Drizzle with olive oil
Bake until cheese begins to brown (10-12 minutes, but will depend on your crust situation)


cook eat FRET said...

next time lose the tomato sauce and use really thin potato slices (yukon gold - parboiled)...

just for yucks

in the meantime i am standing up and applauding

Lannae said...

Wow, mmmm Pizza with bacon, and yet another way for me to get rid of the m-teenth zucchini that I am burnt out on! I love it!

Lannae said...

To follow on, we made French bread pizza last night, and I completely forgot to cut up the zucchini! Sigh. I still have a fridge packed with squash.

Natalie said...

Oh no, that is sad Lannae. The damn zucchini and squash have taken over my life as well. I think we should start a "I promise there will be no zucchini / yellow squash" CSA next year. I'd totally sign up for that mamma jamma.

Any Little Reason said...

We love making our own pizzas - this one looks great!