Fresh Corn and Zucchini Pizza with Gouda

Fresh Corn and Zucchini Pizza with Gouda |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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
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Yield: 1 large pizza
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
  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.
I use about 3 to 4 ears of corn for this recipe (depending on how big they are).

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  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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!

    • Ashley says

      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!

  4. says

    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 :)

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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

  7. says

    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. :)

  8. says

    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

  9. Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe says

    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

  10. says

    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!!!!

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