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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Courgette / Zucchini Pizza Boats


I don't recommend sailing on a courgette pizza boat but eating them, excellent idea! For pizza's with a difference, why not use courgettes / zucchini as your base. Just halve and roast fresh courgettes before loading them with your favourite pizza toppings, such as chorizo, creamy mozzarella and fresh basil. These tasty courgette pizza boats are ready in 30 minutes. They could even be served at a kids pizza party, too ... now that would be different!

Ingredients:
Serves Four
4 medium courgettes/zucchini
1 tbsp. olive oil
75g diced chorizo
2 cloves garlic, crushed
335g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp. tomato purée
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
150g ball mozzarella, torn into small pieces
28g fresh basil, roughly torn


Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6. Halve the courgettes lengthways. Scoop out the seeds using a teaspoon and roughly chop them. Place the courgette halves on a roasting tray, brush with the oil and bake for 12-15 minutes, until just soft.
2. Meanwhile, add the diced chorizo to a medium saucepan over a medium heat and cook for 3-4 minutes, until golden and the oil has started to release. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the courgette seeds, tomatoes, tomato purée and dried herbs with seasoning and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on, until the tomatoes have softened and burst slightly. Remove the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes until thickened. Stir through half the basil.
3. Preheat your grill to the highest setting. Divide the tomato mixture between the roasted courgettes and top with the mozzarella. Place under the grill for 3-4 minutes, until the mozzarella is melted and golden. Top with the remaining basil and divide between 4 plates to serve.

Each serving provides :
8.3g carbohydrate 3.6g fibre 14.1g protein 15.0g fat



Basil is a versatile and widely used aromatic herb. Basil is an annual plant that is easy to grow from seed but is very sensitive to cold. The plant grows well in warm climates and is widely used throughout southern Europe, particularly the Mediterranean, and in many parts of Asia. There are numerous species of basil; some have scents reminiscent of pineapple, lemon, cinnamon or cloves; others have beautiful purple leaves. The variety called holy basil (tulsi) is an essential part of an authentic Thai curry. In Mediterranean regions, basil and tomato is a classic combination. Pesto, made from basil leaves and pine nuts, with parmesan or pecorino cheese and olive oil (traditionally pounded together in a mortar and pestle – the latter lends pesto its name) is another classic dish

Hope you may give these 'pizza's' a try soon, especially if you are fortunate to grow your own courgettes ... why not keep this recipe suggestion in mind!

From an original idea here

All the best Jan

20 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

A wonderful idea! Thanks. Have a great day.

Jules said...

A great idea, especially as I'm now getting some courgettes from the garden. X

Christine said...

I love this idea thanks!

Catarina said...

Great recipe! I will definitely make zucchini boats!!

Thanks for sharing.

Greetings

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds really good.

sheila 77 said...

Nice idea for the constant parade of courgettes coming in from the garden.

John M said...

Looks good, especially with the fresh basil.

Elephant's Child said...

What fun. And a great way to tempt the vegetable averse...

William Kendall said...

I have somehow managed to never yet eat zucchini... possibly because it wasn't something my parents had at the house when I was growing up.

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

What a good way to use up our courgettes, thank you xx

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What a great recipe! I'm going to have to make this.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful food, it is the way you did it, well done.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I will definitely be making this Jan, I just know already that it is one that Aimee would like.. perfect light lunch! I think I've mentioned to you before that I use my on line recipe source, that would be you ☺ regularly!
Loved your 'growing old gracefully' post, it's true that some find it harder than others, I'm just grateful for each new day 😊

gloriadelpilar_1994@yahoo.com said...

love these :)

happyone said...

They sure look good and very creative.

Tom said...

...we just had something like this for dinner.

Conniecrafter said...

Those look so pretty with all their colors, such a fun thing to serve to a group :)

Snowbird said...

What fun! How cute do they look?xxx

Magic Love Crow said...

Thank you Jan!!! Big Hugs!

Lisa said...

A really inventive idea, bet this would be a good one for getting younger children to try it.
Lisa x