if you dare…

We had one of “those” nights last night.  You know, that kind of night where your house only cools off to 80 degrees.   One of those terrible nights where god forbid your partner sleeps even a little too close to you. Those nights where you would literally give your right arm away just to feel a cool breeze.  Who the heck can sleep in conditions like that?

Certainly not us!

And most importantly, who can cook when the weather is this bad?

If it was not 100 degrees outside right now, I would probably make this pizza again.

However, to honor my health and well-being I am not going to turn on the oven tonight. We love our pizza and all but heat stroke just isn’t worth it.

But, if you are one of the lucky ones who has air conditioning or just lives somewhere more pleasant, than I encourage you to make this.  Zucchini Crusted Pizza.  It was AMAZING!  This recipe is straight out of the Mooswood Cookbook.  Have fun with it.  And be sure to follow the directions. Make sure to loosen the crust halfway through cooking!!!

Zucchini-Crusted Pizza
Serves 4 (1 10″ pie) 1.25 hrs. to prepare

“A normal pizza on top, with a beautiful, substantial-yet-tender crust: golden, with flecks of green and a slight crunch.” (Ours turned golden but we didn’t have the slight crunch.)”You can make the crust several days in advance.”

olive oil & flour for the pan
2 C. (packed) grated zucchini (about 2 7″ zucchini)
2 eggs beaten—or 2 egg whites (we used the egg whites)
1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. grated mozarella
1/2 C. grated fresh parmesan
Optional: pinches of basil, marjoram and/or rosemary (we used fresh basil & rosemary)

TOPPING SUGGESTIONS:
extra olive oil (didn’t use)
1 large ripe tomato, sliced (used grape tomatoes, sliced in 1/2)
extra mozarella, sliced or grated (used asiago & mozarella)
2-3 large garlic cloves, sliced (used 4)
sauteed mushrooms (used fresh portabellas, not sauteed)
thinly sliced bell peppers (omited)
sliced olives (omited)
(Added sliced green onion)

1. Preheat oven to 400. Generously oil a 10″ pie pan (I used a quiche dish)& coat lightly w flour.
2. Combine zucchini, eggs, flour, mozzarella, parmesan, herbs and 1 TBS olive oil in a bowl & mix well.
3. Spread into the prepared pan & bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown. About 1/2 way through baking, brush w the remaining 1 TBS of olive oil (optional–didn’t). Remove from oven.
When it has cooled for about 10 minutes, use a spatula to loosen the crust from the pan so it won’t break later (I forgot to do this)
4. Top with your favorite pizza items and bake at 400 until heated through (about 10 min.)

Enjoy!

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7 Responses to if you dare…

  1. Beth says:

    How is Henry doing in this heat?
    Here’s a tip that a neighbor just mentioned, to help dogs & cats cope with the heat…
    Wet a towel with cold water, and press the cool towel against their paws. It can refresh and soothe them.
    Temp is supposed to cool a little bit tonight. Let’s hope for rain and some relief.

  2. Karen Anne says:

    I was worried about Henry, too.

    I’d be dead if I were working outside in this heat, I don’t know how you guys do it. It was 99 here.

  3. Jill says:

    All that work and no relief! Man! I have a west-facing kitchen, so I don’t run the oven most of the summer. I don’t know if you’re looking for tips, but in hot spells like this I try to boil up some pasta in the early morning and then just toss it with a little olive oil so it doesn’t stick. Cover it and put it in the frig before you go to work. Then when you get home all you need to do is add veggies of your choice and make your dressing. Serve with crusty bread and you’re done. If you want meat, get Taylor to grill up a few pounds of chicken and use some and freeze some. I wish I could say cooler air is coming…maybe it will for you.

  4. Sherry Kennedy says:

    As someone who can’t sleep hot…I suggest a fan on you as you sleep, either a box fan or an oscillating fan. That can take the edge off the heat and make it cool enough for you to sleep. You can pick one up at Walmart or Lowes or some such place for very little money. Good luck, honey…hope you get cooler weather up there. It’s 105 today in Oklahoma and will be over 100 for at least a week.

  5. amy leclerc says:

    Vodka popsicles!

  6. korinda says:

    I staked tomates for 2 hours today and I thought I would die! Holy cow my lower back and my hamstrings are killing me! You are incredible for working in such heat – I started as early as possible today to avoid the heat!

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