Monday , 20 October 2014

Summer Squash Pizza with Feta and Peppers

I got a ridiculous amount of summer squash in my CSA, *cough cough a couple months ago* (yes, I’m that far behind lol) and knew that whatever I did, it would need to be the starring ingredient.

I’ve done a lot with zucchini and summer squash – sautéed it, made fries with it, stir-fried it, and roasted it.  Frankly, I was running out of ideas.  Now don’t get me wrong, summer squashes are guaranteed winners at my house and I’ve thrown them, quite happily, into too many dishes to name here.

Zucchini and summer squash offer a multitude of different nutrients, only have about 20 calories per cup and are super tasty as a bonus.  But what to do with it that I haven’t done many, many times before?

Why shred it and use it as a pizza topping of course!

Alright, let’s be completely honest.  I’m not sure if I really used this as a topping, or if it was more like a full on layer on the pizza, but however you consider it the pizza ended up delicious.

I was in a bit of a rush so I used a prepared pizza crust and some organic pizza sauce – if you have a favorite homemade dough recipe and homemade pizza sauce feel free to sub your own in instead.

Between the shredded yellow squash layer, the thinly sliced red bell pepper and basil, and the herbed feta with the nutty Parmesan, this is a winning pizza that’s sure to please.

Summer Squash Pizza with Feta and Peppers

Servings: 4 - 6

Calories per serving: 212

Fat per serving: 10

Summer Squash Pizza with Feta and Peppers

I used a fresh red bell pepper, but roasted red bell peppers would also be delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional and can either decrease or skipped if desired)
  • ½ tsp each onion powder and oregano
  • 1 whole wheat pizza crust (mine was 12 inches)
  • 1 cup of pizza sauce
  • ¾ lb of yellow squash, shredded and then squeezed dry (I used my box grater)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz herbed feta
  • ¼ cup of fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp freshly shredded Parmesan

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (or whatever your crust recipe calls for).
  2. In a small bowl, combine Italian seasoning through oregano.
  3. Spread pizza sauce over crust and sprinkle with most of the spices.
  4. Place yellow squash in a single layer on the pizza and season with remaining spice mix, along with salt and pepper. Top with thinly sliced red bell pepper, herbed feta, basil and then sprinkle over Parmesan.
  5. Bake for 8 – 12 minutes (or however long your dough recipe requires) until warmed through and delicious!

Notes

We actually cut our pizza into 6 slices and made six servings then rounded it out with a big salad. You could easily cut your pizza into 8 slices and make 4 servings. Nutritional info quotes is for 4 servings. 6 servings would have approximately 141 calories and 6.6g of fat.

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9 comments

  1. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Oh my Goodness, you come up with the greatest flavour combinations and applications. Even if I received 8 boxes of squash, I’m not sure it would occur to me to put it on pizza but I love… and the feta is a gorgeous, silky, delicious complement… so hungry for this colourful dish right now! :).

  2. Hi FJ, another wonderful creation from you! I never cease to be impressed with your kitchen adventures!! I’ve had a squash pizza before and it was DELISH! Looking forward to trying this when I have time! :)
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  3. Hmmm a squash pizza! That sounds awesome! I love how you shredded and place it on the pizza. :)
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  4. Who doesn’t love pizza? I eat the stuff all the time. But I’ve never tried it with this topping, and it looks so great! Really interesting – something I must try. Thanks for this.
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  5. I would find this rather strange if last year, I hadn’t tried shredding it and making a batch of summer squash enchiladas. :) Knowing how well that turned out, I bet this pizza is delicious!!! It’s been so warm here for so long that we still have plenty of squash and fresh basil at the markets. Looks like it’s pizza! Thanks for the delicious idea and love the feta of course!
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  6. I love how delicious feta and peppers go together and what a great idea for a pizza!
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  7. i made pizza a few weeks ago throwing the ngredients of a traditional filipino veggie dish called pinakbet (im not sure if you are familiar with that dish. among all the other ingredients, i missed out the squash because i wasn’t too sure how it’s going to turn out on a pizza. voila, here you are answering that doubt in my mind…um ah… yeah how could i have missed that? haha. thanks for the share.

  8. Very interesting pizza flavour, I love all the ingredients there specially the feta and squash

  9. Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    That is seriously a great pizza topping and so healthful – i love using fresh and what’s at hand ingredients on a pizza – so much more fun than the same ole’ same ole’ version :) I love how you’ve combined fun and food on one big pizza!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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