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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...

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

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

...and whatever else you have or like!

Directions:

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.



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

Directions:
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.

8 comments:

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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