The greenhouse is filling up again with plants for winter. We will spend all of Wednesday in the potting shed, seeding a mountain of flats. We are planting more field successions, as well as hoping to harvest more flowers to dry for wreaths. If you have extra time on a pick up day, please join us picking or bunching. We welcome extra hands!
This week's pick list:
- Lettuce Mix
- Summer Squash
- Spring onions
- Parsley, Cilantro, Dill, and Basil
- Pick your own flowers and tomatillos
Summer Squash Pizza, from smitten kitchen.com
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for fingertips
- 1 recipe pizza dough (below)
- 2 1/2 pounds (about 5 small-medium or 3 large) zucchini or other summer squash, trimmed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 2 cups (8 ounces) coarsely grated gruyere cheese
- 2 to 3 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
Heat your oven to 500°F with a rack in the center. Brush either 1 13×18-inch rimmed half-sheet pan or 2 9×13-inch quarter-sheet pans (as I do) with olive oil. Divide your dough in half and use oiled fingertips to pull, stretch, nudge and press the dough across the bottom of the pan. The dough will be thin and imperfect; just try to get it even. If holes form, just pinch them together.
Use a food processor with a grater attachment or the large holes of a box grater to grate the zucchini. In a large bowl, toss together the zucchini and salt. Let stand for 20 to 30 minutes (more, if you have the time), until the zucchini has wilted and released its water. Drain the zucchini in a colander and then use your hands to squeeze out as much water as possible, a fistful at a time. Back in the large bowl (wiped out if still wet), toss the zucchini with the gruyere shreds, being sure to break up any clumps of zucchini. Taste the mixture; it should be seasoned enough from the salt, but you can add more, plus ground pepper or pepper flakes if desired.
Spread the zucchini mixture over the dough(s), going all the way to the edges of the pan and piling it a bit thicker at the edges, where it will brown first. Sprinkle messily with the bread crumbs.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the topping is golden. Remove from oven, cut into squares and dig in.
Jim Lahey’s Basic Pizza Dough
This is halved and modified a bit
- 2 cups minus 1 tablespoon (250 grams) all-purpose or bread flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons (5 grams) instant or active dry yeast
- A heaped 1/4 teaspoon fine sea or table salt
- 2/3 cups (150 grams) room temperature water
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, yeast and salt. Add the water and, using a wooden spoon or your hand, mix until well blended, about 30 seconds. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature until the dough has more than doubled in volume, about 2 hours. Continue using instructions above.