Hi. Hi.

Yesterday, I ignored my phone, email, and all forms of social media for several hours. It felt good and liberating. I also ignored this blog for about a month. You already know that, I suppose. But I wondered if you might be beginning to worry? If so, please accept my apologies. I assure you they are heartfelt. I can’t really begin to explain all the reasons for the break. It just sort of happened. Summer is so seductive with its sunshine and buzzing public spaces. I found myself out and about a lot with the wee one. There were barbecues and little parties. There were play dates and more play dates. Trips to the park. Trips to the San Juans. More play dates. And some reinvention. I’ll explain more about that last bit later this month.

For now, we are home and cooking lots again. I made you this pizza to make up for the time lost. I think it’s worth it. It is the perfect summer pizza. It’s bright, fresh, and tangy with cilantro, zucchini, lime, and fresh cilantro. I love this crust more than any other home pizza crust. I really want you to try it, but I’m concerned you might fret when you glance at the recipe. It looks time-consuming, I know. It’s not really that much of a time commitment. There is a bit of shuffling you’ll have to do with the pizzas in the oven. Oof! Take a moment and breathe deeply. It isn’t as bad as it looks. Use a timer. Be nearby. It will be worth every moment spent when you bite down on the most perfect home-baked pizza crust you’ve ever had.

This pizza is truly something to behold and we find ourselves eating it often. A good deal of the reason for this is related to a small redheaded child who routinely spins about this house with boundless energy. This child, the one with the adventurous palate about which I used to brag so often, is on a strike of sorts. Her whims and desires change with the wind. Thank goodness for pizza. Pizza is always a favorite. And, thank goodness for long summer nights, highchairs on the patio, and lovely readers who indulge my short or long sanity blogging breaks.

Happy August, dear friends.

 

Corn Zucchini Pizza with Lime & Cilantro

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 recipe for yeasted pizza dough (see below)

Coarse yellow cornmeal for dusting

¾ cup fresh corn kernels (about 1 ear of corn)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 small yellow or red onion, thinly sliced

3 small zucchini, thinly sliced into rounds

6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 and ½ cups)

½ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

2 limes, quartered

Arrange the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the garlic and olive oil. Set aside.

To shape the pizzas, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and divide it into 3 pieces. Gently form each piece into a loose round and cover with a floured kitchen towel. Let rest for 20 minutes.

Pour a small amount of the remaining olive oil over the inverted baking sheets. Scatter cornmeal over the top of the oil. Shape each round into a 10 inch disk and place it on the sheet.

In a small bowl, toss the corn kernels with the black pepper.  Line up the 3 pizzas for assembly.  Scatter half of the Mozzarella over the pizzas, leaving a ½ inch rim.  Place the onion over the cheese and spread the zucchini over the onion.  Scatter the remaining mozzarella over the onion and zucchini.  Sprinkle with feta and corn.

Place a baking sheet with a pizza on the lower rack and bake for 8 minutes. Rotate the pizza to the upper rack, place the second pizza in the oven on the lower rack, and continue baking for 8 minutes. Then, finish baking the first pizza by sliding it off the pan directly onto the lower oven rack. Rotate the second pizza to the upper rack. Bake the pizza on the lower rack for 5 minutes to crisp the bottom until well browned. Finish baking the second and third pizzas in the same manner. Immediately after removing each pizza from the oven, brush the garlic oil onto the rim. Garnish with cilantro. Sprinkle lime juice over the top.

Yeasted Pizza Dough (Makes three 10 inch pizzas)

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 and 1/2 cup warm water

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

3 and 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour

In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, whisk the yeast into the warm water until dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes.

If using stand mixer, add all the olive oil, salt and 2 cups of the flour to the bowl. Using the paddle attachment on low speed, mix for 5 minutes to form a wet dough. Add 1 and 1/2 cups more flour, and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 cup flour by the tablespoonful as needed to form a soft dough with a nice sheen; it should be a little sticky, but not too wet.

If making by hand, add the olive oil, salt and 2 cups of flour to the bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix for at least 5 minutes to form a wet dough. Pour 1 and 1/2 cups flour onto a work surface, place the dough on top of it, and knead it for about 8 minutes to form a soft dough with a nice sheen; it should be sticky but not too wet. If the dough sticks to the work surface, rub a little olive oil on it. if the dough is impossibly sticky, add the remaining 1/2 cup flour by the tablespoon as needed.

Form the dough into a ball and place in a large well oiled bowl. Turn the dough over to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Or, put the dough in the fridge and let rise overnight. The next day let it stand at room temperature for 2 hours before proceeding with recipe.

Adapted from The Cheese Board Cookbook

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22 Comments

  • August 9, 2012 - | Permalink

    A fantastic pizza! I love your choice of toppings.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • August 9, 2012 - | Permalink

    I love pizzas that are simple, easy, and fresh – this looks delicious! Love the photos too :)

  • August 9, 2012 - | Permalink

    I have to admit, I’ve been checking in often and waiting for this post. :) So happy to hear you are enjoying your summer and making delicious looking pizzas! This is for sure something I will try.

  • August 9, 2012 - | Permalink

    Welcome back Robin! I assumed that your absence meant that you were enjoying good things, so I wasn’t worried. ;) This pizza dough really does look fantastic, I will be sure to give it a go!

  • August 9, 2012 - | Permalink

    That looks so so delicious!

  • August 9, 2012 - | Permalink

    So happy to see a new post from you! I think that everyone needs a break from internet land during the summer. It makes everything better.

    • redmenace
      August 10, 2012 - | Permalink

      Hi Jade,
      Thanks! It feels good to be back! How is your summer?
      xo
      Robin

  • Jenn Brooks
    August 10, 2012 - | Permalink

    I’ve never commented here before, but I am a regular reader of your blog, and just had to say that when a new post popped up from you today, I was delighted!! Good for you for taking a break (although I did miss your posts of course!) The pizza looks delicious. And we understand food strikes over here. My daughter is nearly the same age!

    • redmenace
      August 10, 2012 - | Permalink

      Hi Jenn,
      I’m so happy you commented. It’s really fun to hear from you! How old is your daughter?
      xo
      Robin

  • August 10, 2012 - | Permalink

    We missed you Robin, well I´m not sure if I missed you or Maeve´s sweet face, lol….kidding kidding.
    Welcome back, I have the same feelings, I spend more time out during summer, I´m spending more time with my sister, her son (24) is with a Hodgkins Lymphoma and taking chemo sessions, depressing and sad……so I´m giving her a lot of support and I´m spending a lot of time with her. I think this is the worst thing that can possibly happen to any of us who are mothers, , so I can´t imagine how she feels inside, I really can´t. So let´s say this is not the best of my summers. Anyway,, we´re very positive and I know after his chemo (8 months), Gorka (my nephew), will feel healthy and great. This has been quite shocking for the family so we´re trying to be together as much as we can and do things together. This will be like a bad dream soon.

    Love from Spain.
    Marialuisa

    • redmenace
      August 12, 2012 - | Permalink

      Hi Marialuisa,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your nephew. What horrible horrible news. Please stay positive and strong. He is lucky to have such a wonderful person in his life. My thoughts are with you and your family!
      xo
      Robin

  • August 10, 2012 - | Permalink

    Never apologize for spending more time with your family. We’ll all still be here when you get back.

  • August 11, 2012 - | Permalink

    Nice to have you back Robin! This pizza looks amazing. I’m sure all the gardeners out there who are swimming in zucchini appreciate this post!

  • August 11, 2012 - | Permalink

    So nice to see you again! Summers are so enticing, we have to take advantage of the great rays. Beautiful pizza too, it’s so unique!

  • August 13, 2012 - | Permalink

    I am glad you took a break. I really need to shut down everything as well and summer has already gone by. I am doing the posts whenever I can and not worrying about it too much.
    We love homemade pizza dough. We’ll take the time consuming challenge! :)

  • August 14, 2012 - | Permalink

    this looks like the perfect summer pizza and I am always on the hunt for (yet another) pizza dough recipe.

    ps…I have made your caramelized fennel pizza on the regular since it was posted. it made me fall in love with fennel and convince my husband that he loves it too. double win!

    • redmenace
      August 14, 2012 - | Permalink

      We can never get enough pizza around here either! So glad your hubs is a fennel lover now too! xo Robin

  • August 15, 2012 - | Permalink

    Beautiful pizza, Robin! Glad you’re back and even more glad that you’ve been enjoying summer to the fullest with your family :)

  • September 7, 2012 - | Permalink

    Oh I love the use of the corn and zucchini! Yum, yum, yum!

  • September 22, 2012 - | Permalink

    This pizza does look very bright and fresh. Yum! I love homemade pizza. I will have to try this one out!

  • easy recipes
    November 22, 2012 - | Permalink

    My my this is definitely an interesting pizza recipe. I can still remember the looks on my nephews and nieces munching on the batch i made. They were ‘whoa, what kind of pizza is this?’. They liked it though and that’s what matters.

  • March 1, 2013 - | Permalink

    This looks so delish. I am going to try and make it with friends this weekend.

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