Zucchini Pizza Bites

Whew, we made it through the week! Happy Friday, foodie friends – you did it! And to celebrate, today I have a delicious, ooey-gooey, impossible-to-stop-at-one treat for ya…

Yesterday morning, hubby and I hopped a plane from Texas to Washington D.C. for a little getaway. We’re staying downtown to soak up all the rich history (mom, aren’t you proud?), sights, sounds and good food the city has to offer. Tomorrow, we’re trucking up to my cousin’s farm wedding in Pennsylvania for a big, happy family reunion and lots of celebrating. I’m just about to jump outta my skin I’m so excited to be here and spend time with family and friends I haven’t seen in years!

So, let’s celebrate the little things with these sinfully good, but plenty healthy, zucchini pizza appetizers! Aren’t they just the cutest mini appetizers you ever did see?

Totally worth throwing a party just so you can serve ‘em up and wow your friends, in my opinion…

Just after I made these, Mark began watching me impatiently as I was perfecting these pizzas and snapping photos, wondering when I’d be done and he could get to devouring! I should have known he wouldn’t share. He ate the whole plateful for lunch, leaving the lowly cook without a scrap!

… Minus a couple I had snagged while he wasn’t looking. I had to make sure they were delicious enough to share with you, after all!

Well, let me tell you… I wanted MANY more bites than just a few! These zucchini pizzas are incredibly addictive, perfect for parties and taste so much like a real (little) pizza that you won’t even miss the crisp crust. The bubbly sauce rests under molten, gooey mozzarella, and topped with mini pepperoni and a pinch of Italian seasoning, each bite is a little bit of bliss!

Now go surprise your friends and turn up to your next get-together with a plateful of these adorable, scrumptious pizza bites. They’re gonna love ‘em, I guarantee it!

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Zucchini Pizza Bites

Yield: Makes 20-25 bites

Ingredients:

2 large zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds

Nonstick cooking spray

Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper

1/4 cup marinara sauce

1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella

1/4 cup mini pepperoni pieces, optional

Italian seasoning, for sprinkling

Directions:

Spray both sides of zucchini rounds lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil or grill the zucchini rounds (I used a grill pan set to medium-high) for 2 minutes on each side.

Place cooked zucchini rounds on a large lined baking sheet. Top with small amounts of sauce, cheese and pepperoni pieces, if desired. Broil for an additional 1-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted, careful not to burn. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and serve warm.

Enjoy!

TIPS

To make larger rounds, slice zucchini diagonally.

A grill pan isn’t necessary; feel free to use a large nonstick skillet to cook the zucchini rounds.

Strands of pre-shredded mozzarella can be too long and unwieldy to sprinkle. Either finely shred your own or roughly chop bagged shredded mozzarella to make sprinkling easier.

Feel free to top these bites with any of your regular favorite pizza toppings, chopped into small pieces!

Adapted from SkinnyTaste

      

50 Responses to “Zucchini Pizza Bites”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 20, 2013 @ 12:16 am

    These bites look so good, Georgia! Perfect carb-free way to get a pizza fix!

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    Deborah — September 20, 2013 @ 12:57 am

    I hope you are having so much fun!! And these – I love them!!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — September 20, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    Yes, yes and 10 more “yes’s”! Have a blast in DC and thanks so much for this much needed low-carb inspiration :)

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    Ashley — September 20, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    I love that zucchini is the base for these! Makes you feel better about eating so many : ) And yay for visiting DC … that’s where we just moved from. It’s such a fun city!

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — September 20, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    Hooray for D.C! My neck of the woods. There is a ton of fun stuff to do, you won’t be bored at all. On the way, can you stop by with some of these? Because they look fantastic!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — September 20, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    Fabulous low-carb but full of pizza deliciousness recipe, Georgia! Gorgeous styling and photography as always. Thanks ever so much for sharing and have a wicked good time in DC, girl! Pinned!

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    Joanne — September 20, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    Aww have fun on your weekend getaway and time with family!!

    These mini pizzas are kind of the perfect bites!!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 20, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    Those pizza bites are fantastic!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — September 20, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Healthy and delicious is a win-win for everyone.

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    Tieghan — September 20, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    Have so much fun in DC!!

    Love these pizza bites! They are kind of the perfect healthy game day food!

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    Jeanette — September 20, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    Enjoy your time away! Love these little bites Georgia – so fun and a healthier alternative to pizza.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — September 20, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    We need to talk about something: How much zucchini is still taking over my life? How did you know?? :-) these little bites are so stickin’ cute, simple, and look d-lish. Great idea lady!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — September 20, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Ooo what a great idea to sub zucchini for the crust! Need to add this to my must make list!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — September 20, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    I can totally see how these would be addictive, considering I already want to just lick my screen! :) Have a great time this weekend! Catching up with old family and friends is the best.

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — September 20, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Um, LOVE these! It’s like healthy pizza!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 20, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Love this! I’ve been meaning to make this too! And I’m sure I’d just gobble them up instantly!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — September 20, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    have a wonderful time in DC – get some cool air while you are there for me too :) love this creation of yours.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 20, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Have fun at the family reunion! Time with family is always awesome. These pizza bites are pretty much awesome – they’d be great for a football party!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — September 20, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    Have a fun weekend! I’ll be in eating these pizza bites like there is no tomorrow.

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    Todd @ HonestlyYUM — September 20, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    Have a great weekend Georgia! These WILL be happening Sunday :)

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    Monica — September 20, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    These are so adorable and I’d love to be served this at any party! Great idea!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — September 20, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    Love, love, love zucchini pizza bites…such a fun (guilt-free) app! Have a great weekend in DC & PA!

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    Bree (Skinny Mommy) — September 20, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    What a great idea!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — September 20, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    These look lovely and oh so so delish! Can’t wait to try them!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! That sounded so so exciting :D

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    ashley - baker by nature — September 20, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    Have a great weekend, gorgeous! I’ll be here drooling over these bites ;)

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    Sandie@afoodieaffair.com — September 20, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    Georgia, these look so delicious! What a great idea!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 20, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

    These are so colourful!! Love this!

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — September 21, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    A guilt free to enjoy all the flavors of pizza.

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — September 21, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    Such great party food! Definitely going to try these. Hope y’all are having the best time in DC!!

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    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — September 21, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    Georgia, these look delicious! And your photography is stunning! Have so much fun in Pennsylvania!

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    Ramona — September 21, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    These bites are adorable!! I love the mini pepperoni too. :)

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    Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily — September 21, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    Georgia, these are Perfect for a weekend Party! Love the mini pepperoni.
    Cheers and Happy Weekend!
    J+C

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 22, 2013 @ 12:09 am

    These look fabulous! Those mini pepperonis are so adorable!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — September 22, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    Very yummy looking Georgia. I think I’d love these for lunch or even dinner. I bet they would be fun for dinner with the zucchini sliced the long way too. Love those little mini pepperonis, so cute!

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    john@kitchenriffs — September 22, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    These are great! I’d be tempted to eat the whole plateful, too. ;-) Washington DC is a great city – so much to see and do. Hope you have a great time!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 22, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    A guilt-free crustless pizza bites! These are way too adorable, finger foods :)

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    Monet — September 22, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    Hi love! I hope you are having an amazing time! We want to get out East soon…and of course, back down to Austin. These look so good. What a great way to indulge in pizza. Thank you for sharing. What a delicious way to end my weekend and start my week.

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    Archana @ FeedingTheFoodie — September 22, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    way better use of zucchini than anything I’ve ever seen… and who doesn’t need guilt-free food! love them!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — September 23, 2013 @ 12:40 am

    I love the idea of using zucchini as a “crust” for these pizza bites. Beautiful and delicious! Thanks for sharing Georgia. Hope you are enjoying your trip!

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    Kumar's Kitchen — September 23, 2013 @ 4:00 am

    healthy,colorful and tooth some pizzas,loved this idea and the results….gorgeous food :-)

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    Nik@ABrownTable — September 23, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    What a great way to revamp zucchini sans the carb guilt. Love these little bites!

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    Laura @ The Rookie Cook — September 23, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    Ooh, I made these bites once and they were delicious! The only bad thing is you need lots to fill you up :)
    Have fun visiting your family!

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    Honey What's Cooking — September 23, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    nothing sinful about this, looks soooooooooooo good. i have to try this, i love healthier alternatives to everyday meals.

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    Nichole — September 24, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    These look so delicious! I love zucchini so much!

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    Shoba Shrinivasan — September 24, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    Awww, these look super cute and so adorable..I look at the pepperoni pieces and I am guessing I can substitute anything else…cherry tomatoes, olives, roasted onions…cheese…the possibilities are endless!!!

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    Debra Rose — September 25, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    What a great idea. We always let our zucchini get too big and this is a great use for large zucchini. They look simple but very yummy!

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    Patty — September 26, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Okay- this is a great idea-thanks for all your creative and delicious recipes!!!

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    Olivia — October 2, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    NEW FAVORITE MEAL. These were awesome, fast, and low-cal. Love that. You really can’t go wrong with pizza sauce and cheese on anything!! Great idea, thank you for sharing!

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    Rhondi Smith — October 8, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    These were so good and a really nice treat on our low carb diet. Used Turkey Pepperoni for even less fat and calories. Only problem was not making enough of them.

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    Carolyn — October 10, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    These are such cute little guys, and they might even encourage my kids to eat zucchini!

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