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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cheesy Zucchini and Onion Flatbread

I am a huge fan of Trader Joe's refrigerated pizza dough! It is $0.99, comes in three flavors, and there is soooo much you can do with it! I've tried Whole Foods pizza dough, but it doesn't seem to hold the same flavor. I had some fresh zucchini from the farmer's market and I'm starting to learn about different cheese, so I thought why not make a cheesy zucchini flatbread? This is a great looking and even better tasting dish for a pot luck or dinner party! I used the garlic and herb pizza dough from Trader Joes, which, as you can see in this picture, matches my counter top!

Cheesy Zucchini and Onion Flatbread
(Serves 4)

Flour (for rolling the pizza dough and coating the pan)
1 bag of refrigerated pizza dough (you can also use the tuber pizza dough)
3/4 cup garlic and herb cheese spread (I used the Alouette brand)
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 handful chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 small red onion cut into thin slices
1 7-8 inch long green zucchini halved and cut into thin slices (I'm sure a yellow one would be just as tasty - whatever you prefer!)
Olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle flour on a hard surface and roll out dough into a large rectangle. I don't have a rolling pin, but this old wine bottle works perfectly!

2. Sprinkle flour on the pan and carefully place the dough on the pan. You may need to remove excess dough that hangs over the edge of the pan (this is perfect for breadsticks). Drizzle olive oil on the dough and if you have a basting brush this would be the time to use it. If not, a paper towel or the palm of your hand works great too! Using a fork, poke the dough all over, this will help the dough to breathe in the oven and prevent bubbling. Place dough in the oven for 7-8 minutes.
3. Remove pan from the oven and spread the garlic and herb cheese all over the dough. Then sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese on the dough. Place the onion slices on top of the cheese, followed by the zucchini slices. Drizzle olive oil on top  of  the zucchini and sprinkle with pepper and the remaining Parmesan cheese.
4. Place pan back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes until it is puffed and turning a golden brown along the edges. Remove from oven and sprinkle parsley on it. Cut and serve. Bon appetite!

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