Flower Power: A Zucchini Flower Pizza Recipe You'll Love!

Zucchini Flower Pizza

Zucchini flowers are a real treat and if you happen to be growing them and are looking for delicious ways to cook them then please try this zucchini flower pizza. This bianca or white pizza is topped with mascarpone stuffed zucchini flowers, baby zucchini and pistachios. Use fresh pizza dough or a ready baked base to make your own pizza at home. This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!

In the last few months, whenever I get zucchini flowers in my vege box, they always go to making this zucchini flower pizza. These pretty orange blossoms always feel like an extra special treat to get and they're so pretty that I always want to make something special with them. Zucchini flowers are sometimes used as a topping on pizzas (I've seen them in Rome a bit) and are often combined with anchovies. However zucchini flowers on pizza are not usually stuffed. These zucchini flowers are filled with a wonderful, creamy mascarpone filling and honestly it is next level incredible.

Zucchini Flower Pizza

This Zucchini Flower pizza is versatile!

Instead of mascarpone, you can fill the zucchini flowers with cream cheese or goats cheese and ricotta.

You can also add a drizzle of basil pistachio pesto instead of fresh basil and pistachios.

I like making this with fresh dough but if you find that hard to get, your favourite prebaked pizza base is also good too and is a great time saver.

Feel free to add brown anchovies on this if you want an extra pop of flavour.

During summer when zucchini grow prolifically, pick the flowers before they turn into zucchini and try making this zucchini flower pizza as it uses 8-9 zucchini flowers!

Zucchini Flower Pizza

Can You Eat The Whole Zucchini Flower?

Yes, the whole thing from the ends of the zucchini flower to the stamens. I tend to remove the stamens because they only bake for 5 minutes and I love the soft, melting texture of the filling without the added texture of the stamens.

Tips For Harvesting and Buying Zucchini Flowers

Zucchini Flower Pizza

1 - Cut the flowers at the stem with a sharp knife and leave about 3cm/1inch of stem attached to the flower.

2 - Female zucchini flowers have a fatter green base than male ones. When harvesting make sure to leave some male ones to pollinate the female ones. Cut them in the morning when they are open and chill straight away.

3- Wrap the flowers in damp paper towels and place in a lidded container in the crisper.

4 - If you are buying zucchini flowers, look for Italian green grocers as they are not usually available at the supermarket. Look for ones with bright coloured, firm petals that are not wilted.

5 - Zucchini or squash blossoms are usually in season from spring to summer.

6 - Use zucchini flowers within a day or two of cutting or purchase as they will wilt and shrink with time.

7 - There is usually no need to wash zucchini flowers especially home grown ones.

Zucchini Flower Pizza

When this zucchini flower pizza comes out of the oven it is so damn moreish especially with the stuffed zucchini flowers on top. It's one of those pizzas that you won't see on at a pizza restaurant because it's fiddly so it's really only one that you can make at home. I was having a moment eating this and savouring every bite when Mr NQN asked me a question. He had been reading about when SARS first became a thing in 2003.

"Oh yeah I remember, and now 10 years later COVID," I said.

"2003 in not 10 years ago," said Mr NQN.

"Hang on, whaat?" I responded putting down my piece of pizza because in my weird maths brain 2003 is about 10 years ago and not TWENTY YEARS (heeeelppp!!).

"I need a moment to process the maths," I said, slightly devastated. Yup there's no other way to say it but 2003 is 20 years ago although I still see it as 10 years ago!

So tell me Dear Reader, do your brain do the same with dates? Do you cook with or grow zucchini flowers?

Zucchini Flower Pizza

Zucchini Flower Pizza

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An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott

Preparation time: 20 minutes plus 1-2 hours resting time

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 1-2 people, makes 1x 30cm/12inch pizza

  • 250g/8.8ozs pizza dough
  • 3 tablespoons semolina or flour extra
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 8-9 zucchini flowers (depending on size)
  • 120g/4ozs mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced, divided in two
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoons chives
  • 200g/7ozs mozzarella, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons slivered pistachios
  • Fresh basil to serve

Zucchini Flower Pizza

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 220C/424F. Take pizza dough out of the fridge and flour your bench surface. Remove dough from packaging and place pizza dough on flour and rest for 1-2 hours (this will ensure that the dough is easier to stretch). Then sprinkle semolina on the benchtop and place dough on top and lightly flour on top of the dough. Stretch pizza dough to around 30cms/12inches. If it sticks, add a bit more flour or semolina to the base. Transfer to a pizza tray.

Zucchini Flower Pizza

Step 2 -Make the stuffed zucchini flowers. Snap the baby zucchini from the base of the zucchini flower and cut in half lengthways and set aside. In a bowl mix the mascarpone, parmesan, 1 clove of minced garlic, lemon zest and chives. Place in a piping bag. Carefully pry apart the flower petals and if you want remove the stamens (twist and snap them off). Pipe and fill the zucchini flowers with the mascarpone filling. Twist the petals up to seal. You may not use all of the mascarpone depending on the size of your zucchini flowers.

Zucchini Flower Pizza
Open the petals up

Zucchini Flower Pizza
Stuff with mascarpone filling

Zucchini Flower Pizza
Twist and seal them up

Step 3 -Bake unadorned pizza dough for 5 minutes (this is to ensure a crispy base). Remove from oven and drizzle the olive oil, the other clove of minced garlic, a sprinkle of salt and mozzarella and bake for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted and very lightly browned. Remove from oven and place the filled zucchini flowers on top alternating with the halved baby zucchini. Sprinkle with pistachios and a drizzle of olive oil and bake for 5 minutes. Add fresh basil leaves, slice and serve.

Zucchini Flower Pizza
Adding the oil, garlic and mozzarella

Zucchini Flower Pizza
Cooked until melted

Zucchini Flower Pizza
Ready for the final 5 mins!

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