Summer Pizza

Mains, Recipes

Alright, alright, I know it’s November now so this recipe is completely out of place but then on the other hand it’s so delicious, I could eat it any day season. If I ever become famous for any achievement in my life it should be the invention of SUMMER PIZZA. The thing is: It’s pizza, but it’s healthy, too.

The trick is to bake pizza bread in the oven, and afterwards you put fresh ingredients on the plain slices of pizza. This way, everyone can pick and choose their ingredients the way they prefer. It’s like a children’s birthday! (And a vegan friendly one, too!). I love eating pizza, but especially in summer it’s just too cheesy and too filling for me. Not with summer pizza, though! It’s about as filling as a slice of crisp bread.

Today I roasted pumpkin, toasted some pine seeds and chopped a bunch of cherry tomatoes, zucchini and wild basil. Then I made a spicy oil with rosemary, chile peppers and garlic to sprinkle on the slices. Optionally we had parmesan cheese and green olives to acompliment the dish. Any flavor combinations are possible, though. I’ve had capers before and rocket (arugula) salad, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and thin slices of mozzarella cheese and the pizza always tasted lovely! What is more, you can easily prepare the dish for large numbers because the effort stays the same no matter how much doe you make.

Healthy Yummy Summer Pizza

Ingredients (for 8 hungry friends):

For the dough:

  • 1 kg flour
  • 1 pkg fresh yeast
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 400 ml warm water
  • 1 pinch sea salt

For the toppings:

  • 500 g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 small zucchini
  • two handful of basil
  • 50g pine seeds
  • 1 pumpkin
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 hand full of rosemary
  • two chile peppers

Instructions:

  1. Prepare a simple yeast dough well before dinner time. It takes at least one hour to rise. Other than that it’s super easy to make. For full instructions see the recipe on how to bake Italian bread sticks and adjust the amounts;
  2. Preheat the oven on 200 degrees celsius. While the dough is rising, chop the garlic, the rosemary and the chile peppers and mix them with the olive oil;
  3. Then chop the pumpkin into thin slices and put it in on a greased baking tray. Sprinkle the pieces with oil and add salt and pepper. Next put the pumpkin in the oven for 15-20 minutes;
  4. Chop the zucchini and the tomatoes;
  5. Toast the pine seeds
  6. When the dough has risen, roll it out thinly. Place it on a baking tray and brush it with the oil you prepared earlier; let it bake for 5-10 minutes.The dough should be crisp on the edges but remain soft and yummy
  7. Then top the pizza with the pumpkin, the tomatoes, the zucchini, the pine seeds, the spicy oil, the olives and the parmesan cheese (freshly grated!)

Healthy pizza? Healthy pizza!

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