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Corn, Zucchini, and Spicy Pesto Pizza

Corn, Zucchini, and Spicy Pesto Pizza

pizza topped with spicy pesto, fresh corn kernels, and thinly sliced zucchini

I’ve missed you.

Really, I have. I’ve been a terrible blogger lately (well, I’m still blogging twice a week on Weight Watchers, but that seems to be all I can handle right now). My first excuse: a week in Maine, our second summer taking Harry to the area we stumbled upon during our honeymoon. This time we rented a sweet little house that turned out to be two doors down from the teeny-tiny cottage we stayed in for three consecutive years before he was born. Such a lovely coincidence.

And since our return a week ago, Harry and I have been on a bit of a staycation—he’s done with camp so I don’t have any childcare until school starts on the 6th. My computer time is limited, and I sure as heck ain’t writing blog posts on my phone. My wrists ache just considering that. Oh, and this coming Sunday is his birthday party! My baby turns 6 on Wednesday. A Star Wars party, complete with Millennium Falcon cake, Jedi robes, and pool noodle lightsabers, people. Pray for me.

I’ve got about 15 minutes before my sweet child starts demanding that I pay attention to him (really, why should I expect even half an hour to myself when he’s here, and he’s got more action figures than he can play with all by his widdle self?), so I’m putting this up with very little commentary. I’ll say this: If you like your summery foods to have a little zing to them, you’re going to love this pizza. Instead of tomato sauce, I used a quick and untraditional pesto, and topped it with corn straight off the cob and thinly sliced zucchini. I’ve been rationing out the leftovers for my lunch over the last few days—today’s the final slice, and I’m sad already.

Corn, Zucchini, and Spicy Pesto Pizza
Serves 4

1 portion pizza dough (whole wheat preferred, and I like Jim Lahey’s no-knead recipe)
1 cup basil leaves
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
1 small clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon Aleppo or other red pepper (you can use more or less, depending on your taste & the pepper you use)
salt & pepper
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 medium zucchini, sliced very thin
3/4 cup corn kernels (from 1 ear corn, or defrosted frozen kernels)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

Preheat the oven to 500°F.

  1. Fit dough into your pan—I make mine in a rimmed baking sheet, which stretches it quite thin.
  2. In a food processor or blender, puree the basil, thyme, garlic, seasoning, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Stir in the Parmesan. Spread the pesto over the dough.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the zucchini, corn, and remaining tablespoon of oil. Scatter on top of the pesto, then top with mozzarella.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and crust is browned.

MAKE BABY FOOD: If your baby likes spice, this pesto is a great way to introduce somewhat strong herbal flavors. Reserve some of the zucchini and/or corn and steam or microwave it, then puree with a bit of the pesto. Once he’s on finger foods, you can deconstruct the pizza—give him some corn, some zucchini, and some (uncooked) shredded cheese, along with a crust to gnaw.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. You’ve been missed, Deb, but this recipe makes up for lost time 😉
    I’d forgotten all about this crust recipe, and how great it tastes – thanks for the reminder!
    Good luck with the party. Last week was our granddaughter’s third (we’re her guardians)and if we made it through that, I know you can survive the lightsabers.
    The lamps, on the other hand, might not be as lucky….

    1. Thanks for missing me, Marie! Harry’s party is in a nearby park, thank heavens. We clear out the trash & go home after. Easy peasy 😉

  2. I too am using lots of corn and zukes now. This looks yummy!

  3. This looks great, and so good to see a post again! I am wondering about the Jim Lahey dough recipe. I have tried this a couple of times, but when I have done it, it somes out too ‘stiff’, like there isn’t enough water, and it doesn’t seem to grow. Do you experience this, should I try it again?

    1. Hi Sarah! Different flours absorb water in different ways, so it’s possible you just need a bit more. Trust your hands, and how the dough feels. If it’s dry and stiff, loosen it with water until it feels dough-y. Try an additional tablespoon or two and see if that helps. As for the dough not rising, have you tried chucking your yeast and buying a new batch? It does lose its oomph over time. Good luck!

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