When we first moved to Brooklyn we were a bit worried people wouldn’t want to travel all the way out here for a visit. But so far we’ve been able to coax a few people over. Last night Aunt Maureen ventured to Park Slope for a supper of pizza, broccoli, blueberries, tomato salad and chocolate-covered pretzels. All homemade by little Katie.
Recipe for Lemony Zucchini Goat Cheese Pizza courtesy of Smitten Kitchen
1 batch Simplest Pizza Dough or a store-bought pizza dough that will yield one small (approx. 11 to 12 inches across), thin pizza
4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
Few leaves of fresh basil, cut into thin slivers
1/2 medium yellow zucchini, sliced as thinly as you can pull off with a knife or your mandoline
1/2 medium green zucchini, sliced as the same as above
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Roll your pizza dough into a thin 12-inch circle and lay it on a tray or stone that has been dusted lightly with cornmeal.
In a small bowl, stir together the goat cheese with the juice of half your lemon. Season it with salt and freshly ground pepper, and spread it over your pizza dough. Scatter fresh basil slivers over the cheese.
Arrange your zucchini coins in concentric circles over the goat cheese spread, overlapping them slightly. You can alternate their colors, if you’re feeling fancy. Squeeze the juice of the second half of your lemon on top of you zucchini, then drizzle with olive oil and finish with more salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes (your baking time will vary, so watch carefully), or until the edges of your pizza are golden brown and the zucchini looks roasted and a little curled up at the edges. Some flowers and champagne to celebrate passing the nursing boards. As we waited for the pizza to cook, we enjoyed the view of the firemen testing their ladder. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), just then the oven set off our smoke detector. We frantically waved the smoke away and were about to just shout out the window that they needn’t bother coming over when it finally turned off. Anna missed most of dinner as she was talking to her good friends at
that sham of a company Time Warner trying to get our internet finally fixed properly. After about 14 hours on the phone with them, she looks a little grumpy and weathered.