Fresh Corn and Zucchini Pizza with Gouda

Fresh Corn and Zucchini Pizza with Gouda | cookiemonstercooking.com

It’s Friday and we’re celebrating with a ridiculously good pizza.

And you know what it includes? A sauce made out of fresh corn! Corn sauce!! That’s a weird term that I’m not sure how I feel about. But the sauce itself? It’s pretty awesome.

I typically don’t discriminate against any kind of pizza but I do prefer something that’s not just plain tomato sauce. I actually would take no sauce and just a light brushing of olive oil over regular, boring old sauce. Can you tell I have a thing against boring?

Fresh Corn and Zucchini Pizza with Gouda | cookiemonstercooking.com

So we’re really jazzing it up today with this. Fresh corn kernels are pureed in a food processor with just a hint of garlic, salt and pepper. And that my friends will be the base of this pizza goodness. I got the idea after making a pot of my summery corn chowder with squash and zucchini.

And after I decided I must put corn in everything until it winds down for the season. Must.

Fresh Corn and Zucchini Pizza with Gouda | cookiemonstercooking.com

So after you make the awesome corn saucy base, the rest of this pizza comes together really quickly. You’ll top it with some gouda cheese (or feel free to use a different kind – you really can’t go wrong here – it is cheese after all!), some more fresh corn kernels, a smidge of red onion and some shaved zucchini.

Combining into one blissfully good pizza. Dare I say my new favorite combination? That could just be the fresh corn talking.

But seriously. It’s good.

Now excuse me while I go look at the 6 ears of corn I still have in my fridge and tell them how much I love them. Kidding, kidding, I don’t really talk to corn.

Fresh Corn and Zucchini Pizza with Gouda | cookiemonstercooking.com

If you didn’t already have weekend foodie plans … you do now. Go get your corn sauce on. Stat.

Fresh Corn & Zucchini Pizza with Gouda

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 1 large pizza

Fresh Corn & Zucchini Pizza with Gouda

Ingredients

    For the sauce:
  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • olive oil, if needed
  • For the pizza:
  • 1 ball pizza dough
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 cup freshly shredded gouda cheese
  • ½ cup fresh corn kernels
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced red onion

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500ºF. Place a pizza stone in the oven and allow the stone to heat for at least 30 minutes.
  2. To make the sauce - add the corn kernels, garlic, salt and pepper to the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. If it won’t get moving in the food processor, add about ½ to 1 teaspoon olive oil to get it going (I usually don’t need to add any). Set aside.
  3. To make the pizza - place the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and allow the dough to relax for about 10 minutes (but no longer than 30). Roll out and shape the dough and then transfer to a piece of parchment the size of your pizza stone that has been lightly dusted with cornmeal.
  4. Cut off one end of the zucchini and then use a vegetable peeler to shave the zucchini into thin strips (using the non-cut end to hold it). You want about 1 heaping cup (any extra you can discard). Place the shaved zucchini between paper towels and press down to remove excess moisture. Add to a small bowl and toss with the 1 teaspoon olive oil. Set aside.
  5. Brush the edges of the pizza dough lightly with additional olive oil. Spread the corn “sauce” evenly on the dough. Top with the cheese, the ½ cup corn kernels, the red onion and finally the zucchini.
  6. Transfer to the oven (put the parchment paper with the pizza directly on the pizza stone). Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Slice and serve.

Notes

I use about 3 to 4 ears of corn for this recipe (depending on how big they are).

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Comments

  1. A sauce made out of corn is such a good idea! The pictures are gorgeous!

  2. This pizza looks amazing!!! And, I’m with you – I’d rather not have boring old red sauce on very single pizza I make. Snooze! This looks much, much, much better! I’m in love with it. We’re getting married on Friday. :-) Pinned!

  3. Oh my, Ashley, this pizza looks A-mazing!! I love everything about it and I especially love that you topped it with gouda cheese! I don’t have any pizza dough in the kitchen right now, but I think I’m gonna make a very similar pasta tonight!

  4. That sounds absolutely fantastic! Love the idea of corn sauce!

  5. Aaaah I saw this pizza on instagram and was drooling all over my phone (jk but not really). Corn and zucchini is one of my favorite summer combos, and I love the idea of using it with gouda on a pizza! Love it!

  6. Holy wow Ashley! This looks absolutely amazing and I totally love all the ingredients and flavors! Pinned :)

  7. That crust with the corn, sweet and savoury. Oh my word. I wish you were my neighbour so I could invite myself over for dinner! The smell of pizza makes me soooo hungry. The crispiness captured in the photos is just gorgeous, by the way. And I am so intrigued by this sauce! You’re a kitchen magician!

    • haha well if you ever happen to be in North Carolina … I’ll make you corn pizza!! :) And kitchen magician – that just completely cracked me up!

  8. This is brilliant Ashley! Love love love the corn sauce – I would find every excuse to use that on everything! Of course first on this gorgeous pizza, love that you added gouda, zucchini and more corn – it looks so so pretty! Hope you had an amazing weekend and time celebrating your special 30th birthday :)

  9. This pizza looks amazing, Ashley! Love the addition of fresh corn for the topping! :)

  10. Corn sauce? Now you’re speaking my language. That is the best idea I’ve heard of all year! And now I have to go look at that chowder too, yum!

  11. I LOVE corn, so this looks like my dream pizza!! Especially with gouda…mmm. Such a delicious flavor combination. This is one pizza I seriously need to try. So heavenly! Pinned :)

  12. I love corn chowder so why not corn sauce?! If your words weren’t convincing (and they are) your photos would have done the trick! That is a mouthwatering pizza! Though any cheese might do, the smokey flavor of gouda is a perfect match with the corn.
    p.s. It was fun to meet you at the Food Blog Forum last week! I am sorry that we didn’t have an opportunity to chat. :) I hope you and your husband had fun in Asheville after the Forum. What a great little city with amazing food and drink!

  13. Oh yum, I’m a big fan of tomato sauce buuuuuut I’d love to try this gorgeous corn sauce. It is such a brilliant idea indeed! It makes the pizza looks so original and delicious! This needs to happen here asap! xx

  14. What a great recipe, my friend!!! Awesome… I just love this combo corn and zucchini! This pizza looks so tasty and flavourful! And your pictures are gorgeous! Great job, my dear!!

  15. The perfect summer pizza!

  16. Corn sauce? I love it! I’ve never heard of this but it sounds so good…and of course…it looks delicious!

  17. Corn pizza. Yes. Happy weekend my love!

  18. This is the perfect combination of flavours! Love this!

  19. Sounds absolutely fantastic!!! A great use for late-summer produce. Yum! Cannot wait to try this pizza.

  20. i am loving the look of this pizza Ashley! never thought of making a pizza with corn & zucchini before, the vibrant colours look amazing! definitely need to try the recipe.

  21. Anything with corn sounds good to me, so corn sauce sounds like a great idea! What a fun, summery and very un-boring pizza. Love it!

  22. Totally there with you and the non boring pizza sauces! What a great idea. I made corn over on my site too and trust me, I understand the corn love! But really, this is so ingenious, one of the best pizzas I’ve seen in a while.

  23. That’s such a unique pizza sauce Ashley, I really like what you did there. I love the colours on this pizza, too. So bright and fresh. Hope you’re having a wonderful birthday and taking some well-deserved time off. :)

  24. This is such a cool pizza, Ashley! I never in a million years would have thought to make a sauce out of corn. I’m not the biggest fan of pizza sauce, so I really love how you switched this one up. Fresh corn forever!<3

  25. The pizza look splendid! Corn sauce is a brilliant idea, Ashley.

  26. corn sauce? yum! definitely need to try this amazing looking pizza!!

  27. Well, pizza is basically my favorite food on Earth so I like it with pretty much every single topping possible, but let me say, this one looks particularly good! I mean, fresh corn sauce, zucchini AND gouda cheese?! How could it get any better?!

    xo, Elisa

  28. I think our pizza night plans just got changed with this pizza! I can’t get enough sweet corn lately!

  29. Ooooh, what a fabulous idea! The corn sauce sounds wonderful and Gouda cheese is one of my favs!

  30. Corn sauce is just brilliant lady!!!! Ooh am so drooling at this pizza! I think you need to mass produce this corn sauce – it might just be the next big thing!!! :)

  31. That sauce sounds dreamy. I’ll take 4 slices, please.

  32. I seriously love this! Sauce made from corn, with more crunchy corn on top! I think I could eat the whole pie! Plus, it looks beautiful. : ) Hope you are having a great break and happy 30th!!!!

  33. That corn sauce seriously sounds like the best thing ever. This is SUCH a gorgeous pizza, Ashley! Love all that gouda cheese and zucchini!

  34. Whoa…I’m in awe of this pizza, Ashley! A sauce made out of corn?! So creative! This pizza looks like it has my name written all over it. Love!

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