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!

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Zucchini Pizza Bites

Serves Makes 30     adjust servings

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