Zucchini Pizza Bites

Healthy tiny pizza! And another way to use up the oceans of zucchini you are drowning in. A simple 15 minute recipe that can be a snack, appetizer, or hey, even dinner if you’re like me. 

Zucchini Pizza Bites from The Food Charlatan

My mom regaled us with stories all growing up about how when SHE was a little girl, her mother made the same 7 meals each week with no variation. Roast beef on Sunday, Tuna-Noodle Loaf  on Monday, Enchilada Loaf on Tuesday.

(Yes, really, Enchilada Loaf is a thing, and it has Fritos, Velveeta, and cinnamon in it. I’m not lying. You can’t make this stuff up.) We served a giant vat of it at my Grandma’s 80th birthday party last summer for nostalgia’s sake.

Zucchini Pizza Bites from The Food Charlatan

I always wondered if my mom was exaggerating, but a while back she showed me this old meal-planning notebook of my Grandma’s. The entire thing was filled with pages that looked EXACTLY like this:

Zucchini Pizza Bites from The Food Charlatan

(Creepy looking food stains? Check. Adorable cursive? Check. Jello? Check. All the things you need for a Grandma recipe card, right?)

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Zucchini Pizza Bites from The Food Charlatan

I know those two lists aren’t exactly the same, but there were a LOT of repeats throughout the notebook. That Salmon-Loaf just kept coming back again and again. I can’t be judgmental though; Grandma was a working mom and didn’t have the internet or the Food Network. I’d probably be making Salmon Loaf every week too.

Zucchini Pizza Bites from The Food Charlatan

There were a ton of other loose recipes tucked into this notebook of my Grandma’s that I was flipping through, and one of them was an idea for Zucchini Pizza. These are so good! I ate my weight in zucchini and cheese. And easy to boot: just slice up a zucchini (you’ve got a million right now, right??), dollop on some pizza sauce, sprinkle with cheese/toppings, broil, and voila! Perfect summer appetizer. Or after-school snack. Or dinner, if you eat enough… It definitely beats Enchilada Loaf!

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Zucchini Pizza Bites

Yield: Makes 30

Ingredients

  • 1 medium or large zucchini
  • about 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella, grated small
  • 12-15 slices pepperoni, chopped (or use mini pepperoni)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your broiler.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut the zucchini into rounds. You want them to be about 1/8 inch thick, and definitely no more than 1/4 inch (see photos). The thicker they are, the crisper the zucchini will be.
  3. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil. Spread out the zucchini on the sheet.
  4. Top each round with 1/2 or 1 teaspoon pizza sauce. Don't spread it around or it will just bake off.
  5. Top with shredded mozzarella. If you are using pre-shredded mozz, use a knife to chop it a little smaller.
  6. Top with chopped pepperoni.
  7. Move your oven rack to the highest position. Broil the zucchini for 3-6 minutes, or until golden on top. Don't walk away! Eat hot!
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Other ways to use up all that zucchini in your garden!

In case you missed it last week, here’s a great summer casserole you could whip up for dinner: Tomato Basil Summer Veggie Casserole:

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Poblano, Corn, and Zucchini Lasagna:

Poblano, Corn, and Zucchini Lasagna from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Hot Pizza Dip:

Hot Pizza Dip from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways:

French Bread Pizza, 3 Ways from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Even more zucchini:

Crisp Zucchini Bites with Garlic Aioli Sauce from Natasha’s Kitchen
Grilled Zucchini Roll with Goat Cheese from Cookin’ Canuck
Cheesy Bacon and Corn Stuffed Zucchini from Diethood

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    • says

      Thanks Sarah! I’m so glad cheese isn’t illegal though. haha, can you imagine? It would be Prohibition all over again. I would be battling the authorities for the rest of my life.

  1. Misty says

    I love enchilada loaf! Although I’ll admit, anything with the world loaf in it is usually off putting and most of grandma’s recipes end in a loaf!

      • misty says

        Haha the cinnamon is one of Paul’s favorite parts. In any other form I hate velveeta too but for some odd reason it works in that, at least for me. I love the pictures of her weekly menus, so fun that she still has them!

      • Janice says

        I was so pleasantly surprised to find that real, fresh salmon is a delightful thing to eat!
        And enchilada loaf – my family’s Mexican food. Hey, it had chili powder, ok?

  2. Janice says

    I was so pleasantly surprised to find that real, fresh salmon is a delightful thing to eat!
    And enchilada loaf – my family’s Mexican food. Hey, it had chili powder, ok?

  3. says

    Oh my gosh that loaf! I don’t think I’ve ever had Velveeta and cinnamon together! My mom had a rotation too – there were not many dishes that ever changed!

    Love these bites! Perfect for zucchini season.

  4. says

    Your grandma was one organized lady! How sweet that you have her kitchen notes… what a gift. I’m all about the zucchini right now.. it’s comin in droves and I’m the only one in the house who likes it! YIKES! It’s zucchini for breakfast lunch and dinner, so I need all the inspiration I can get! Thank you for this Karen!
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  5. Bets says

    I’ve been eating Zucchini Pizza Bites for months now. Often I just slice the zucchini, drop some pizza sauce then some cheese – then bake in the Toaster Oven. Works great if you just want a snack – or a meal. I’ve put meat on before – but just prefer the sauce & cheese only.

    I’ve also started putting the zucchini in a corning ware dish, putting more pizza sauce & cheese – then baking in the Toaster Oven.

    For one or two people any way works great.

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