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Low Carb Zucchini Pizza Bites

Zucchini pizza bites are great choice if you want to eat low carb meal. An instant pizza with all comforting flavors you would love. These are great as party appetizer; we eat it as a meal it’s filling and comforting!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time20 mins
Course: appetizers, light meal, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 174kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup spicy marinara sauce
  • 2 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese grated
  • ¼ cup mini pepperoni slices
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Garnish-

  • Fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Clean and rinse zucchini well and pat dry.
  • Slice zucchini ¼ inch thick slices.
    slicing zucchini step
  • Salting Zucchini - Place slices in a bowl and add 1 teaspoon salt. Toss and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Zucchini will seep out moisture. Remove the slices and wipe off all the moisture. You should see a good amount of water left in the bowl.
    salting zucchini slices in bowl
  • Note: salting zucchini will prevent it from turning soggy or watery when you bake.
    salting zucchini slices in bowl
  • Arrange dry zucchini slices on a greased baking tray.
    zucchini slices arranged on baking tray
  • Spray olive oil of the slices.
  • It’s time to add the toppings-
  • Start off with sauce. Spread ½ to 1 teaspoon of marinara or pizza sauce on each slice (you might need more sauce depending on the size of the slice)
    adding topping on zucchini slices for making pizza bites
  • Sprinkle generously dried oregano or Italian seasoning on top of the sauce.
    adding topping on zucchini slices for making pizza bites
  • Next add generous amount grated mozzarella on each slice.
    adding topping on zucchini slices for making pizza bites
  • Arrange a few pepperoni slices.
    adding topping on zucchini slices for making pizza bites
  • Season each slice with freshly ground pepper. You can skip adding pepper, but it does seasoning the zucchini well.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven at 400°F for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and begin to brown.
  • Serve hot.

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Notes

  1. Just like cucumber, zucchini too has lot of water content in it. If you bake it directly it will turn watery or soggy. First dry zucchini using salting method or grill/broiling method. All details for drying zucchini mentioned under "Frequently Asked Questions" section. Check it out.
  2. Zucchini skin is edible. But sometimes skin of zucchini can taste bitter because of the wax on it. Peel skin off if you want, but mostly once you wash zucchini well it tastes just fine with skin. 
  3. Can't find mini pepperoni slices? Buy regular pepperoni and cut small rounds using mini melon baller. 
  4. Optional Step - if you'd like to add more toppings - more sauce and more cheese on top of zucchini, slice zucchini a little more thicker than usual. Then using melon baller scoop off some of the flesh of zucchini on top making a small cavity. Now zucchini slices will hold more sauce and more cheese. Remember to adjust the baking time to cook thick zucchini. 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 1mg