Monday, July 11, 2011

Zucchini Cobbler and White Broccoli Pizza

Tomas and Kim Diaz tasting Zucchini Cobbler
The young lady at the farm stand apologized for the last minute switch: broccoli instead of escarole. I like escarole, but broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables- no need to apologize! I knew I wanted to have the broccoli with dinner, and started to think about a broccoli salad- maybe a Waldorf-type thing with beets, apples and walnuts? But in my house Friday is pizza night, and I usually make the pizza. So, Broccoli Pizza! You can, of course, use pre-made pizza dough, but this dough doesn't even need to be kneaded, making it easier.
My share also included baby beets, collards, kale, romaine and red leaf lettuces, cucumber, kohlrabi, hakurei (salad) turnips and 1-1/2 pounds of yellow squash and zucchini. 
I have had a hankering for something homey and desserty-- like pie or a cobbler, and thought maybe the zucchini could stand-in for apples. Tomas and Kim were my guinea pigs, and we decided it wasn't apple-y, but was cobbler-y, and that worked. 

Really Really Really Yummy White Broccoli Pizza
Coleslaw makes a great accompaniment. If you don't have bread flour, you can use 2 cups of all purpose flour- the crust just won't be as crispy crunchy.
1 cup warm water
1-1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 bunch broccoli
2 ounces pepperoni (optional)
3 ounces light cream cheese
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon herbes de provence
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

  1. Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and swirl to mix. Let sit 10 minutes. Add the flours and salt and stir well to mix. Do not knead. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile break the broccoli into florets and coarsely chop the stems. Place in cold water in a pot, bring to a boil and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until desired doneness (I like the broccoli to be really tender for this). Drain and dice.
  3. Dice the pepperoni and combine with the broccoli.
  4. Combine the garlic, cream cheese, and herbes de provence until well mixed (you can add a tablespoon or so of milk if necessary).
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly oil a pizza pan.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to fit the pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough. Carefully distribute the broccoli and pepperoni over the dough and then sprinkle the cheese over everything.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese and dough are golden.

Zucchini Cobbler
The bigger the zucchini, the more important it is to scrape out the seeds.
3 medium zucchini, or enough to make 7 cups, sliced
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
for the crust:
1 cup flour (all purpose or white whole wheat)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons butter
3 ounces milk

1. Butter an 8-inch square pan and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut crosswise into thin slices. 
3. Combine the sugar and cinnamon. Toss the apples in the cinnamon-sugar. Pour the zucchini into the prepared pan and sprinkle on the lemon juice. Cut the butter into small pieces and scatter over the zucchini mixture.
4. Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in the butter to resemble the size of peas. Add the milk and stir to combine. Knead a few times to make a cohesive dough and roll out to an 8-inch square. Place on top of the zucchini. Bake for 45 minutes.
Coming soon: what to do with sooo many greens?

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