Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni (Video)

My sister Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni is delicious with or without the Pepperoni. And this easy way to cook zucchini is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet Phase One! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Val's Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Back in 2008 my sister Val shared her method of broiling seasoned zucchini with cheese and guaranteed me that all her very cute kids would gobble up zucchini when it was cooked this way. I made this easy cheesy zucchini several times through the years and agreed it was delicious, but this year when I decided to update the recipe with better photos with my niece Kara, we hit on the idea of giving the kid-friendly broiled zucchini more of a pizza twist. That’s how the recipe morphed into Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni.

And wow. What a great idea it was to add some Italian herb seasoning to the zucchini and throw on a few slices of pepperoni after the cheese had broiled a few minutes. Kara and I both loved these slices of still slightly-crisp zucchini topped with melted cheese and pepperoni. She thought this would be great to make for her kids as a quick after-school snack, and I’ve already made it again as an easy lunch for myself.

Of course the pepperoni is 100% optional. I usually have a Meatless Monday recipe idea here every Sunday, but I wanted to get this posted while people are still looking for Zucchini Recipes. However if you want to skip the pepperoni and make the original meatless version of this recipe from Val, I promise you it will still be delicious. I used a blend of mild cheese the first time I photographed it, and most any kind of cheese that melts well would be good.

Val's Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Technique is important in a simple recipe like this one. If you can, use a mandoline to slice the zucchini so you get slices that are an equal 3/8 inch thick. Be sure to pre-heat the broiler and spray the pan with oil or non-stick spray before you put the zucchini slices on. Season zucchini before you sprinkle on the cheese. Broil the zucchini topped with cheese for about 3 minutes, then sprinkle on the half-slices of pepperoni if using and broil about 3-4 minutes more. That’s it!

Val's Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Serve Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni while it’s hot, and I bet the big and little eaters at your house will gobble this up in a hurry!

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Val's Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni

Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni is a zucchini recipe that kids will love.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 zucchini, 8-10 inches long (same size zucchini works best)
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or your favorite season salt)
  • 1 tsp. Italian Herb Blend (or your favorite herb seasoning)
  • about 3/4 lb. grated mozzarella
  • about 20 slices pepperoni, cut in half

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler and put rack into middle position or about 4 inches away from broiler.
  2. Wash zucchini and cut off ends.
  3. Cut into slices about 3/8 inches wide, using a mandoline if you have one. It’s important that all zucchini slices are same width so they can cook evenly.
  4. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  5. Cover baking sheet completely with zucchini rounds, putting them as close together as possible.
  6. Sprinkle each zucchini piece with Spike Seasoning and Italian Herb Blend (or whatever seasoning salt or spices you’re using.)
  7. Completely cover top of zucchini with grated cheese.
  8. Broil until cheese is starting to melt, about 3 minutes.
  9. Cut pepperoni slices in half while the cheese is starting to melt, then sprinkle the cut pepperoni slices over the partially melted cheese.
  10.  Broil about 3-4 minutes more, or until the pepperoni is slightly crisped and the cheese is starting to brown.
  11.  Serve immediately.

Notes:

This recipe is from my sister Valerie.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Val’s Kid-Friendly Broiled Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni  is suitable for most low-carb and low-glycemic eating plans. I did use low-fat mozzarella, which would be recommended for the South Beach Diet, and turkey pepperoni is best for South Beach. With higher-fat cheese and regular pepperoni, this recipe would be suitable for low-carb and Keto eating plans.

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Val's Kid-Friendly Zucchini with Mozzarella and Pepperoni found on KalynsKitchen.com