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Zucchini and Goats Cheese Pizza

July 24, 2009
Goat's cheese and zucchini pizza

Just when I was making the garlicky twists, I realised that I didn’t really want to make those twists that end up being just plain dough at the edges. You know how the bread near the corner always turns out to have much lesser seasoning, herbs and cheese? You feel like you have to eat it with a straight face and pretend to enjoy it as much as the flavourful herb one? I’m sure you’re nodding along right now. Instead, I thought I’d just cut off the dough at the ends and use it up where it shines through instead of being a ho-hum twisty.

What I did was put together the dough that was leftover from the sides while I was making those incredible garlicky twist to make a zucchini and goat’s cheese pizza! I had seen this pizza on Smitten Kitchen when it was posted and when I was left with the scraps of dough, it so happened that I had some zucchini and goat’s cheese waiting for me in the fridge. And to top that I had some fresh basil that I’d grown a few months ago, now in full bloom (much thanks to Deeba, who sent me the seeds all the way from Gurgaon! =))

Fresh basil

Goat's cheese and zucchini pizza

The pizza was so delicious. The herb filled dough and the fresh slivered basil made the cut for me. I can’t tell you how packed with flavour fresh herbs right from the pot can be. Had it not been for such happy coincidences I wouldn’t have made this pizza. But you shouldn’t wait for coincidences to get you to make this. Go on, make it and thank me later.

Zucchini and Goat’s Cheese Pizza
Adapted from: Smitten Kitchen
Yield: 1 10 inch pizza

10oz / 300g pizza dough (add in your favourite herbs for a flavourful pizza crust)
4 oz / 113g goat cheese, at room temperature
Few leaves of fresh basil, cut into thin slivers
1/2 medium yellow zucchini, sliced thinly
1/2 medium green zucchini, sliced thinly as well
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F/230C degrees. Roll your pizza dough into a thin 10 inch circle and lay it on a tray or stone that has been dusted lightly with cornmeal.
  2. With an offset spatula (more use than just icing cakes!) spread the cheese on the pizza dough. Sprinkle over salt and freshly ground pepper and scatter the fresh basil slivers over the cheese.
  3. Arrange the zucchini coins in concentric circles over the goat cheese spread, overlapping them (alternate their colors to make it look pretty!) Drizzle with olive oil and finish with more salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the edges of your pizza are golden brown and the zucchini looks roasted and a little curled up at the edges.
  5. Transfer to plate, slice it up and share if you can. ;)


  • Reply Elle July 24, 2009 at 2:37 AM

    Ohm it looks wonderful! Basil, garlic, and fresh veggies, on a beautiful dough. N?ice job!

  • Reply Nags July 24, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    fresh basil.. yummo!!!

  • Reply Bergamot July 24, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    looks lovely… nothing like a herbed bread.

  • Reply Divya Vikram July 24, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Looks fresh and pretty! Love the addition of zucchini.

  • Reply Shaheen July 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    It's so delicious. I need to get some more goat's cheese to make this again. This is what happens when I post after it's long gone!

  • Reply Ria Mathew July 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Looks so so good! And your basil plant looks so healthy! :)

  • Reply veda murthy July 24, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    oh i love pizzas so much…and this one looks just so good and adding the fresh basil should be just great!

  • Reply arjwiz July 24, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Your writing is just getting better and better. You really captured the audience with your first paragraph, there. Backed up with a great recipe and fantastic photos like yours, you have a 'recipe' for success!

  • Reply nandini July 25, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    I love goat cheese… Zucchini on a pizza? never tired it!. Sure going to try it purple.

  • Reply Deeba PAB July 26, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Looks as good as pizza can get! WOW! You are most welcome for the seeds. I ♥ the way the plant is flourishing. I have more if any one else needs to grow some basil!! About to mail some to Nags & Ria.

  • Reply Parita July 26, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Looks gorgeous! basil and zuchhini sounds hmmm…

  • Reply Helen Yuet Ling Pang July 26, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    That is one stunning pizza! I love courgettes which we have growing in our garden. Do you deliver to London?!

  • Reply Shaheen July 26, 2009 at 11:53 PM

    Veda, the fresh basil makes all the difference, I tell you!

    Hheeh Helen, you're too nice!

  • Reply raj July 27, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    this looks amazing!! :) and i love the idea of making the pizza with the leftover dough!!

  • Reply Vipula July 27, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Hi – i cant believe you are from India and making all this stuff. Where on earth do you find the ingredients? I just stumbled upon your blog and just loved it!

  • Reply Shaheen July 27, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    Thanks Raj! So you're back online. YAY!

    Vipula: hehe much of the fun lies in getting my hands on the these ingredients. I am so happy to know you enjoy my blog. :) It's good to be living in Bombay because cheese, herbs and spices and foreigh origin vegetables aren't hard to find! :) for the rest, I bank on some very kind friends and relatives. ;)

  • Reply Chez US July 27, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    YUM, this looks fantastic & I love the combination of flavors!

  • Reply Heidi July 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    I just so happen to have some luscious yellow squash and zuccini that doesn't want to be fried, grilled, or sauted, but I think it would love to join together on a pizza. Thanks!

  • Reply Jennifer July 28, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    This is perfect!!!!!!! YUM! What a fabulous use for the summer squash! I have a bunch on hand as well as lots of goat cheese. I need to make this :) thanks!

  • Reply Cynthia August 2, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Love your pizza!

  • Reply Anushruti August 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    This looks incredibly delicious!

  • Reply Ciao Chow Linda August 21, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    I've got all those ingredients right now just waiting to be made into your wonderful recipe.

  • Reply Kevin August 22, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    Great way to enjoy the zucchini!

  • Reply Peabody August 24, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    This is great. I have way too much zucchini idea and zucchini bread is starting to get boring.

  • Reply Shaheen August 24, 2009 at 11:41 AM


  • Reply Heidi August 25, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    I made this for my family and it was so delicious! I used a Boboli premade crust and brushed it with a little olive oil before adding the ingredients. Thanks!

  • Reply Maitreyi March 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    it looks so good. I'm dying to make this. One question though… where do you get pizza dough in mumbai ?

  • Reply The Purple Foodie March 28, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Hey Maitreyi – I make my own pizza dough. Here is a good recipe: :)

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