Monday, August 10, 2009

Corn & Zucchini Pizza with Lime & Cilantro and White Garlic Sauce

The name is a bit misleading because I modified somewhat, but that's the name of the pizza that inspired this creation. After seeing this pizza on This Week's Menu Blog, I knew it would be another good way to use up some zucchini.

I'm not sure if I've ever had pizza without any kind of sauce, and I figured no sauce AND no meat would be pushing the limits with Aaron, so I needed sauce. I decided to try a white garlic sauce, which I've had when we've had pizza out, but never made myself at home. More about the sauce below...

1 pizza crust (I used a frozen pizza dough)
1.5 cups mozzarella cheese
3 oz. feta cheese

sliced and/or chopped vegetables:
ear of sweet corn, removed from cob
bell peppers
cherry tomatoes, halved

...and whatever else you have or like!


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread the crust out and bake it on the pizza stone sprinkled with corn meal at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, spread a thin layer of the garlic sauce, half of the mozzarella cheese and the veggies. Sprinkle feta cheese and the rest of the mozzarella on top and bake for 10-15 minutes longer.

After baking, the pizza is topped with cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. We both really liked this pizza - the vegetables were crunchy and flavorful, especially the fresh sweet corn. It was a perfect summer dinner!

White Garlic Pizza Sauce
I looked at a few recipes to get an idea of where to start and ended up with this sauce...very garlicy & very good. The following can be adjusted to your taste as I didn't measure everything as I went.

2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp Olive Oil
3-4 tbsp Flour
milk (I used 1% milk and did not measure the amount)
minced garlic
red pepper flakes

Melt the butter in a small saucepan with the olive oil. Once melted, whisk in the flour until smooth. Cook for a minute, then begin adding the milk, a little at a time, whisking as you go. I used probably 1-2 cups total. You can adjust to get the consistency of sauce you are looking for. Once the sauce is smooth, it's time to season it up. I added a heaping small spoonful of minced garlic, along with 2-3 spoonfuls of the garlic juice (is it called garlic juice?). Add salt to taste and a pinch of red pepper flakes. I had enough sauce to make 2 large pizzas, so next time I would only make half this amount.


Colleen said...

What a great-looking summer pizza!

Kerstin said...

I love that you made a summer veggie pizza! It looks so yummy with that white garlic sauce!

Katie said...

Melissa! You are a flavor genius!! This is colorful, sounds amazing, so summer and the crust looks fantastic! I am seriously in love with this recipe!!

Chris said...

I am a big fan of the white sauce for pizza. It goes so well with the grilled chicken, spinach, etc that I like to put on mine.

Stephanie said...

Looks so light, colorful and fun! Great combinations!

Bugaboo said...

Thanks for the recipe for the white garlic sauce; I've wanted to make my own for some time now. The pizza looks uber tasty; thanks for the ideas!

Blaine said...

Pssh. Taking the easy route and not making homemade dough? :P But this is a great recipe regardless. I loved the combo!

rain said...

Adding lime makes it more healthy. It suits your palate for nutritious foods.

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