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zuchinni and summer squash pizza

Summer Squash Pizza with Goat Cheese


Description

Yellow summer squash, zucchini, goat cheese, and mozzarella di Bufula come together to make a delicious summer pizza that pairs perfectly with a chilled Sauvignon Blanc.  Tangy, salty, and fresh, you’ll be craving this pie all season long.


Ingredients

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  • Your preferred pizza dough or pre-made pizza base
  • 1/4 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 summer squash, thinly sliced
  • Goat cheese, crumbled
  • Mozzarella di Bufula, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • Fresh scallions, sliced
  • 23 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 23 cloves garlic, minced
  • Freshly grated Parmesan
  • Red chili flakes, salt, and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pizza dough based on your preferred recipe or simply use a pre-made pizza crust from the grocery store.  If frozen, let it thaw.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Brush the base of pizza crust with olive oil and minced garlic.  Then, sprinkle with red chili flakes to your taste.  
  4. Next, evenly layer the thinly sliced white onion around the crust.  
  5. Now it’s time to add the cheese! Sprinkly the shredded mozzarella di Bufula all over the pizza to your heart’s desire.  
  6. Arrange the sliced summer squash and zucchini in alternating concentric circles (for aesthetics! you can also just place them on randomly if you want).  
  7. On top of the zucchini and squash, sprinkle some goat cheese crumbles.  Top off with a few grinds of salt to your taste. Add a final light drizzle of olive oil on top; this prevents the squash from looking too dried out after the water evaporates in the oven.
  8. Place pizza crust directly onto the oven rack and let bake until the cheese is melted, bubbling, and maybe a little browned if you’re like me and enjoy it that way.  Depending on the oven, this step may take 15-20 minutes.  Keep an eye on it until it reaches your desired browning, and make a note of how long it took for next time!
  9. While the pizza bakes, toast your pine nuts in a pan on the stove over medium heat for just about 1-1.5 minutes.  These babies can burn FAST so keep a very close eye on them!
  10. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool slightly. Sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts, some freshly grated Parmesan, a grind or two of black pepper, and a handful of freshly sliced scallions.
  11. Serve hot with a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc!

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