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Our garden is producing squash like crazy this year so I have been coming up with creative ways to use it. This summer squash pizza has to be our favorite squash recipe I have made. It is a huge family favorite as my husband and the boys all love it!
My husband and I usually eat it with a fork and knife, but the boys just pick it up and eat it pizza style.
I have just made it and baked it and I have grilled the slices first before baking to dry out the squash and remove some moisture. Either way is delicious, but I think it is better when grilled first.
I spritz slices with a little olive oil. This is the spritzer I use and love and have had for years. (amazon link). If you don't have a spritzer, you can brush some olive oil on the slices. Then grill over medium heat for about 5 minutes per side. If you don't have a grill, you could try baking the slices in the oven for a few minutes on each side before putting sauce and toppings on. I have also just baked the squash without pre-cooking/grilling and it was very good, just had a little more moisture.
Grilled squash ready to make squash pizza.
I place the squash slices on a parchment lined baking sheet then layer sauce and cheese and toppings.
You can use zucchini squash or yellow crookneck squash. I have made it with both and they are equally delicious. Our yellow crookneck squash plants are producing huge harvests this year so I have been making this a lot with yellow squash.
Enjoy this delicious fresh from the garden squash pizza. We love the bacon, tomato, onion combo, but the best part is that you can use your favorite toppings and make it your way. Plus, if you are watching your carbs, squash is a much better option than pizza dough and it is rich in vitamin C.
"Summer squash is an excellent source of copper and manganese. It is a very good source of vitamin C, magnesium, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin K. Additionally, it is a good source of vitamin B1, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, vitamin B2, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, choline and protein." (whfoods.com).
2 large Zucchini or Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash
Olive oil (optional)
1/2 Jar Pizza Sauce
16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2-3 tomatoes, diced
3/4 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Slice 2 large zucchini or yellow crookneck summer squash (pick large straight pieces) into 1/4 inch thick slices lengthwise.
3. Option: Grill slices for about 5 minutes per side to remove some of the moisture. I spritz slices with olive oil before grilling. You could also brush them with olive oil. Or you can go straight to baking in step four.
4. Line two baking pans with parchment paper.
5. Place squash slices on parchment lined baking pans. Spritz or brush slices with olive oil if not already done in step 3.
6. Spoon pizza sauce onto slices and spread (like a pizza).
7. Sprinkle each slice with mozzarella cheese.
8. Then place onions, tomatoes, and bacon crumbles on the slices.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted and squash is tender.
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