Squash Blossom and Pancetta Pizza

Rating:

Total Time:

30 minutes

Difficulty:

Easy

Homemade pizza is totally my jam. It’s become a bit of a hobby actually and my boyfriends knows to expect it on Wednesday nights. Why Wednesday – well because that’s farmers market day for me. Well, technically I go Wednesdays and Sundays, but that’s besides the point. I always come home from the farmers market with way too many things for 2 people to actually eat. So I try to stuff as much of it as I can on a pizza for dinner. It just makes sense. (at least to me!) So this past weekend I came with the most beautiful squash blossom. ummm yes. totes obsessed.

They were just begging to be made into a pizza, especially because they only last a few days after being picked, so you’ve got to use there morsels of fabulousness stat!

So, on top of my crust I added, heaps of pepper jack cheese, salty pancetta that I sauteed with the zucchini ends of the squash blossoms and then the edible flowers to finish things off. Then off to the oven it went and about 12 minutes later it was dinner time. The pizza was perfect. The squash blossoms were delicate, the cheese gave the pizza just the kick it needed and the pancetta and sliced zucchini that were cooked together made it a slightly salted bite of heaven!

Squash Blossom and Pancetta Pizza

Gaby Dalkin
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 cup water 105 to 115 degrees F
  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 4 oz pancetta cubes
  • 8 squash blossoms

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixer bowl, fitted with a dough hook, dissolve the yeast and honey in 1/4 cup warm water until the mixture is foamy.
  • Once the mixture is foamy, add the flour, salt, 1 tbsp oil and remaining water and mix until the mixture forms a ball. Continue to mix until the dough easily comes away from the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and place onto a clean surface. Knead by hand for a few minutes until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let it rise for 2 hours.
  • Using your fist, deflate the dough in the center and cut it into 2 equal-sized pieces. Form the pieces into 2 balls and place into 2 separate oiled bowls. Cover each bowl with a damp kitchen towel and let rest for 1 hour. Remove the dough and roll into a circle, thickness can vary depending on your preference.
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees
  • Detach the zucchini section of the squash blossom. Cut the ends off the zucchini and slices into 1/4 inch pieces and set aside.
  • To clean the flower portion of the squash blossom, simply cut off the bottom 1/2 inch of the flower. Remove the insides and dust off if needed. Gently tear each flower into 2 pieces and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute the pancetta for a few minutes until it starts getting crisp and the fat renders. Add the sliced zucchini and continue to cook until the pancetta is crisp and the zucchini is tender. Remove and set aside.
  • Place the pizza dough onto a pizza peel with corn meal so the pizza easily slides off when going into the oven.
  • Spread 1 tbsp of olive oil on each of the pizza doughs.
  • Add 1 cup of cheese to each pizza and then evenly scatter the pancetta and zucchini mixture on top of the cheese. Lay the squash blossoms on top.
  • Slide the pizza from the peel into the pizza stone in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the edges of the crust are golden brown. Using the peel, remove from the oven, slice and serve.

Notes

You can totally make your own dough for pizza, but if not either pick up some frozen dough from your local Italian market and let it thaw and then roll out, or pick up a pre-made crust from the grocery store
Also, if you don't have a pizza peel or pizza stone, you can easily place the pizzas on a baking sheet and bake in the oven.

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26 comments

  1. Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    i’ve never actually tried squash blossoms before, but how could anything that pairs well with goat cheese and/or pancetta be bad?!

  2. Blog is the New Black

    Never had squash blossoms, but now I want them! 😉

  3. Nelly Rodriguez

    What a great idea to top pizza with! Looks delicious, thanks for sharing Gaby!

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I love squash blossoms and this is such a creative use.

    love it!

  5. Deborah

    I’ve never had squash blossoms, but that pizza has me wanting to find them asap!!

  6. Allison [Girl’s Guide to Social Media]

    I totally dig squash blossoms…especially on pizza!

  7. Heather Christo

    Gaby- this is like heaven. Every ingredient is mouthwatering and I am sure all together they are sensational!

  8. carly {carlyklock}

    I’ve been waiting on this one ever since you tweeted your instagram of these babies at the market. I love the farmer’s market.

    This pizza looks fab!

  9. Heidi / foodiecrush

    Thanks to Italian Dish’s tweet I was led to your post and, hello! Favoriting this. I’ll have to head to our Farmer’s Market for blossoms, mine have sorta dried up. The nerve! Do you hit Wed Santa Monica market? My fave is Main Street on Sundays, but I was always at the Much Love adoptions so it had to be a quick trip to get my farmer fill. Lovely light too, your photos are getting hot, hot, hot.

  10. Melissa @ Soul on a Platter

    Gaby,
    I so needed this recipe for the weekend. I have the perfect bottle of wine to match.
    Posted it up on The Fresh 20 Facebook page as the perfect weekend bonus meal!

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  12. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Zucchini flowers are such a gorgeous addition. This sounds like a perfect summer time dish!

  13. Monika

    Now I know what I will be doing with all my squash blossoms from my garden!

  14. Cookin’ Canuck

    This is a pizza from heaven! What a fantastic mix of flavors and textures, Gaby!

  15. Lucy Lean

    How very Nancy Silverton on you Gaby!!! Talking of which – when are we going for lunch at Mozza?

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    Gaby, this sounds incredible! I heard about this from the Fridgg.com blog and was wondering if you’ve tried this with any other creative cheeses. I like the way your videos are edited, too– how do you do the split screen? Is that something in Final Cut Pro? (Or does someone else edit for you?)

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