One of my favorite little Italian snacks to make are little mini zucchini pizzas. We usually get a ton of squash and zucchini up north at the little red house from neighbors around this time of year and this is one of our favorite things to make with all those veggies.
It is pretty easy to make. All you basically need is tomatoes, garlic, cheese, mushrooms, onions, olive oil, and zucchini. If you are a meat eater, which we have a couple of those in our house then add Italian sausage and pepperoni
You can buy a jar of sauce ready made at your local store or make your own. If you are in a hurry and need to get to work then Crock pots are great for making sauces.
Just dice up 1 large onion, add a couple cans of tomato sauce or a couple cups of blended ripe tomatoes. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of garlic. If you want a thicker sauce then add a small can of tomato paste. You can add salt if you like but extra onions and garlic add a lot of flavor as well. Put everything into a crock pot on low heat and let it cook and simmer throughout the day.
When it is finished put into a mason jar while hot then put away for pasta dishes throughout the week. My husband and mother-in-law have their own special Italian sauces but this is a busy person’s recipe and everyone still loves it at the end of the day but Nonna’s is and always will be the best.
Now that you have your sauce, you can make your little pizzas. I have used English muffins, bagels and a biscuit recipe to make pizzas but one day to try something different I tried zucchini. This was to get some extra veggies worked into our diets and since kids don’t usually like veggies, these little pizzas are a fun way to introduce zucchini to any picky eaters out there.
Cut zucchini into ¼ inch slices. Spread a small amount of sauce on. Sprinkle some cheese on, or whatever you like on your pizza like mushrooms, olives, sausage…it’s creative time. Get the kids involved, they tend to especially like things they make themselves.
Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375F then take out to cool. I sprinkle a little oregano or basil and Parmesan cheese once they are out and sometimes will drizzle a little olive oil over them.
Be warned, these are messy little snacks and some of you may prefer to use silverware to eat it. Zucchini is not hard and crunchy like bread but it still makes a yummy little pizza and most kids will eat it, especially if you introduce veggies to them at an early age.
For some more ideas for what to do with all that squash click here http://www.ourlittleredhouse.com/squash-casserole-.html
My husband will be back to posting his recipes soon. His broken hand is healing nicely. He just got through teaching our son how to make Italian meatballs, very yummy.