Cheesy Zucchini and Baby Corn Pizza by Tarla Dalal

Cheesy Zucchini and Baby Corn Pizza

Zucchini is always a wonderful value-add to pizzas because it has a unique texture that is crisp, juicy and slightly buttery as well! It tends to lubricate every bite-full making it more enjoyable and easier to munch on. This particular pizza features a stunning assortment of vegetables like zucchini, baby corn and capsicum combined with a luscious cheese sauce. Chunks of black olives together with a dash of herbs and spices makes the Cheesy Zucchini and Baby Corn Pizza extra special, all set to be savored by a special someone!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Cooking Time: 6 minutes.
Makes 2 pizzas.
Baking Temperature: 200°C (400°F).
Baking Time: 15 to 17 minutes.

For the cheese sauce
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp plain flour (maida)
¾ cup milk
½ cup grated processed cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper (kali smirch) to taste

For the vegetable topping
½ cup thinly sliced zucchini
½ cup diagonally cut and blanched baby corn
¼ cup colored sliced capsicum (red and green)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1½ tsp dry red chili flakes
Salt to taste
2 tbsp sliced black olives

Other ingredients
2 pizza base (200 mm. (8”)
½ cup pizza sauce
½ cup grated mozzarella cheese

For the cheese sauce
1. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the plain flour and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
2. Add the milk, cheese, salt, and pepper, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
3. Remove from the flame and keep aside.

For the vegetable topping
1. Heat the olive oil in a broad non-stick pan and half the capsicum and zucchini and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Add the baby corn, oregano, chili flakes and salt and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
3. Add the olives and mix well. Keep aside.

How to proceed
1. Place pizza bases on a clean, dry surface, spread ¼ cup of pizza sauce evenly over it.
2. Top it with half the cheese sauce, half the vegetable topping evenly over it.
3. Finally sprinkle ¼ cup cheese evenly over it.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to make 1 more pizza.
5. Place both the pizzas on a greased baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 10 to 12 minutes or till the base is evenly browned and the cheese melts.
6. Cut into equal wedges and serve immediately.

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