White Pizza with Ham and Zucchini

Everyone knows that when zucchini is in season, there is plenty to go around. So we have to be inventive in our creations. Pizza is a family favorite and putting it on a pizza will please everyone. We highly recommend a dough ball from Sam’s club, because the crust is crispier than other brands. If using Sam’s Club pizza dough allow 6 hours for it to thaw. Ingredient amounts will make one large pizza.

Ingredients

1 pizza dough ball from Sam’s Club or your deli department thawed (allow 6 hours for Sam’s Club dough ball to thaw)
Non-stick cooking spray
2 tablespoons of pasta flour (semolina)
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil divided
2 small zucchini thinly sliced
7 thin slices of Virginia ham or your favorite ham
2 cups of packaged mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup of red onions diced
Kosher salt

Technique

Place dough ball in a large bowl coated with non-stick cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap, thaw and allow and double in size. This should take about 6 hours. Thinly slice zucchini using a mandolin if possible so all slices are equal for cooking times. Place in a small bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Set aside. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Evenly spread pasta flour over cookie sheet, this is to prevent sticking and to make a crispier crust. Using your hands, flatten and shape dough to desired thickness and size on the cookie sheet. Pour two tablespoons of olive oil onto the dough and spread evenly. Add the slices of ham on top until no dough is visualized. Top with cheese and the zucchini slices. Toss the red onions with any remaining olive oil from the bowl that contained the zucchini slices and sprinkle evenly over pizza. Bake in preheated oven on the lower rack at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Suggested Beverage

Try Gabbiano Pinot Grigio,  Veneto Pinot Grigio, Domaine De Ricaud Bordeaux Clairet (France), Samuel Adams® Summer Ale (Boston, MA) or Flensburger Brauerei Gold Premium Lager (Germany).

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