Thai Pizza with Zucchini and Pickled Onions

Have you ever had Thai pizza in a restaurant? It’s so good! This version has summer zucchini, pickled onions (NOT raw!), a smattering of carrots, and your choice of chicken or pork. Sweet Chili Sauce brings it all together with a nice little kick! 

Thai Pizza with Zucchini and Pickled Onions from The Food Charlatan

This morning I ambitiously decided to blow all the leaves and debris off my back porch, and I definitely got my hair stuck in the leaf blower. Stuck for real. Like, sit hunched over for 15 minutes to untangle my hair stuck.

Thai Pizza with Zucchini and Pickled Onions from The Food Charlatan

I’m not often motivated to do yard work on a random weekday, but when I am, it’s always right after I’ve washed and straightened my hair. So dumb, right? And then I’m all, oh I don’t need to put my hair up, I’m just blowing these leaves real quick. **One giant rat’s nest later**

I’m going to file away this information for next time Eric pulls out the leaf blower to clean up Truman after a backyard haircut. Leaf blowers and hair do NOT MIX.

Thai Pizza with Zucchini and Pickled Onions from The Food Charlatan

Thai Pizza with Zucchini and Pickled Onions from The Food Charlatan

Thai Pizza with Zucchini and Pickled Onions from The Food Charlatan

Have you guys ever been to the California Pizza Kitchen? Such a great restaurant. (I’m inclined to think that about ANY pizza place though. Pizza is like sex…even when it’s bad, it’s good.) They have a Thai pizza there that is delicious, and that’s where the idea for this recipe came from. I like mine because there are even more veggies. If you wanted, you could leave out the pork/chicken altogether and go vegetarian.

This might be a good idea if you have a garden that is currently overflowing with zucchini. Ours is not. We planted late this year, so I just picked our first little zucchini today! I was basically just as giddy as the kids when we found it this morning.

Thai Pizza with Zucchini and Pickled Onions from The Food Charlatan

Can you see it??

What are you doing with all your summer produce? I’m going to need some more ideas here soon!

One last thing: do you know what pickled onions are? In this case it’s just a red onion that you soak in some lime juice for a few minutes to cut the bite. I do NOT like raw red onion (stinky breath for daaaays) but pickled? Gimme. (Especially on tacos. Swoon.) They are baked post-pickling in this recipe, but the lime flavor still comes through and it’s amazing. And it only takes 15 minutes to pickle while you’re prepping the other stuff anyway. BOOM.

Thai Pizza with Zucchini and Pickled Onions from The Food Charlatan

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Thai Pizza with Zucchini and Pickled Onions

Yield: Serves 3-4

Recipe by The Food Charlatan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • parchment paper
  • 1 12-inch pizza dough (Here's my homemade recipe)
  • olive oil
  • 1/3 or 1/2 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mozzarella, divided
  • 1 cup cooked chicken or pork, shredded or cubed
  • 1/2 small zucchini, sliced thin
  • 1 very small carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 or 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Put your pizza stone in the oven if you have one.
  2. Put the sliced red onion in a small bowl and stir in the lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside, stirring every few minutes so that they all get pickled.
  3. Lightly flour a square of parchment paper. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 12 inches.
  4. Use your hands to spread about 1 tablespoon of olive oil all over the dough, especially the edges. Use a flat baking sheet or a large cutting board to transfer the parchment paper and the dough to to oven. If you have a pizza stone, great, otherwise put the parchment paper directly on the rack.
  5. Set a timer for 1 minute, then remove the parchment paper and pizza dough and put it on the counter.
  6. Spread the Sweet Chili Sauce all over the pizza, leaving a crust if you want. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese on top. Add the chicken or pork and distribute evenly. Add the zucchini slices and shredded carrot.
  7. Stir the pickled onions one last time, and add them to the top of the pizza, leaving the remaining lime juice behind.
  8. Transfer the pizza and parchment paper to the oven rack or pizza stone, and bake for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and some of the carrots have just started to brown.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve hot!

Notes

You can find Sweet Chili Sauce on the Asian aisle of your grocery store. Stuff is SO good. See photo above to get an idea of what the bottle looks like.

http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2016/07/14/thai-pizza-with-zucchini-and-pickled-onions/

This recipe was originally posted by me on I Heart Naptime. I was a contributor for Jamielyn’s blog last year, but I figure you guys want the recipes too!

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