Zucchini “Pizza”

Zucchini Pizza

The idea for this zucchini pizza came to me after I found some extra-large zucchinis at the farmer’s market, and was wondering what to do with them. I grilled one of them just the way I usually grill eggplants, brushing it first with a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It turned out wonderful, and then it occurred to me that a large zucchini does resemble eggplant, and since eggplant pizza is a big hit around here, I could try making zucchini pizza.

Success! These zucchini pizza rounds are delicious and so easy to make. They make a great appetizer, or a delicious side dish. Don’t skip the step of salting the zucchini prior to roasting, to get rid of some of the water. I used Spanish chorizo as my topping, but pepperoni will work too, obviously, as would any other topping you like.

Zucchini Pizza
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Sides, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal
Yield: 2 servings
  • 1 extra-large zucchini (total weight about 1 lb.), unpeeled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (for salting)
  • Olive oil spray (make your own using a spray bottle)
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce (Rao's is excellent and and no added sugar)
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 oz Spanish chorizo, thinly sliced (Palacio is excellent and has a clean ingredients list)
  1. Slice the zucchini into ½-inch-thick slices. Place on a large plate and sprinkle with the salt. Allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with olive oil spray.
  3. Rinse the zucchini slices in a colander and pat dry with paper towels. Spread on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly spray with olive oil spray. Bake 10 minutes on each side, until tender and lightly browned.
  4. Spoon a little marinara sauce on top of each zucchini slice. Top with cheese and a slice of chorizo. Return to the hot oven for 2 minutes or so, just until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 254; Fat: 19g; Carbohydrates: 10g; Sugar: 4g; Sodium: 442mg; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 12g

Zucchini Pizza

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