What is a pizza? That may not sound like a deep philosophical and existential query, but hang on to your Plato here: Pizza is topped with tomato sauce and cheese, right? That's what it is. Well, what if we told you everything you know about pizza is wrong? A pizza with a creamy white sauce of wine, Asiago, and rosemary is still a pizza. Wild. And the toppings you thought of as “pizza toppings” are just shadows on the wall. Here, we give you zucchini ribbons and crunchy pine nuts. And tomatoes just to keep you confused. Question everything.
Using a peeler, shave zucchini into long, thin ribbons. When you've peeled to seeds, turn zucchini a quarter turn, and peel again. Continue peeling and turning until only seeds remain. Discard ends and seeds.
In a mixing bowl, toss zucchini ribbons with a pinch of salt. Set aside at least 10 minutes.
While zucchini sits, mince garlic.
Stem and mince rosemary.
Slice tomatoes into thin rounds.
Par-Bake Flatbreads and Toast Pine Nuts
Place flatbreads directly on oven rack and bake in hot oven until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes.
Carefully remove flatbreads from oven and set on a clean work surface.
While flatbreads par-bake, heat a small non-stick pan over medium heat. Add pine nuts to dry, hot pan. Stir often until aromatic and lightly toasted, 1-3 minutes.
Transfer pine nuts to a plate.
Wipe pan clean and reserve.
Make the Sauce
Return pan used to toast pine nuts to medium heat.
Add 1 tsp. olive oil and half the garlic (reserve remaining for tomatoes) to hot pan. Cook until aromatic, 30-60 seconds.
Add wine and reduce by half, 1-2 minutes.
Add cream, rosemary, half the Asiago, and half the red pepper flakes (to taste) (reserve remaining of both for topping pizza). Bring to a low boil and stir occasionally until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 1-2 minutes.
Remove from burner and season with a pinch of salt.
Bake the Pizzas
Pat zucchini ribbons dry. Reserve ribbon bowl; no need to wipe clean.
Divide sauce between pizzas and top each evenly with zucchini ribbons, remaining Asiago, and remaining red pepper flakes (to taste).
Place pizzas directly on oven rack, with prepared baking sheet on rack below to catch any drips. If you prefer a chewier crust, cook pizzas on baking sheet. Bake until crust is browned and cheese melts, 5-7 minutes.
While pizzas bake, marinate tomatoes.
Finish the Dish
In bowl used for zucchini ribbons, combine tomatoes, remaining garlic (to taste), and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat and set aside.
Rest cooked pizzas at least 3 minutes. Discard excess tomato liquid and top pizzas with tomatoes and pine nuts.
Plate dish as pictured on front of card. Bon appétit!