Pizza with Grilled Zucchinis, Béchamel and Red Onions

[inspired by Crema pizza from Lupa at Crouch End, London]


for dough

445ml warm water
1½ tbs dried yeast
1½ tsp sugar
4¾ cups plain flour
½ tsp sea salt
¼ cup olive oil
some more olive oil to brush baking trays

for topping

400g grated Mozzarella and Mature Cheddar cheese
3 medium zucchinis / courgettes (halved and then sliced lengthwise)
6 large garlic cloves (chopped finely)
3 medium red onions (sliced)
rainbow peppercorns
6 handfuls of black olives (pitted and halved)

for béchamel sauce

1 cup plain flour
100g unsalted butter
5 cups milk
1 tsp sea salt or to taste
black peppercorns


3 baking trays
silicone brush
hand blender – optional
3 oven racks


Warm up oven to 150°C (302°F).

Place yeast and sugar in warm water and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
Then mix it with flour, salt and oil till dough is smooth and not sticking to hands any more. Divide dough into 5-6 portions, cover with tea towel and keep in a warm, quiet place for couple of minutes.

In meantime prepare bechamel sauce: melt butter and gradually add flour and milk to the pot, season with salt and freshly ground pepper. If by any chance it won’t come out smooth, do not worry, just blend it with hand blender and heat again for a while.

After about 5 minutes spread the dough on brushed with oil baking trays, I made my pizzas oval shape so they were fitting better, 2 on each baking tray, then place them in oven for 15 minutes.

When pizza bases are ready, remove them from the oven. Now it is time to grill courgettes on the rack, it should take couple of minutes, if you have such an option you can turn on both oven and grill on.

When courgettes are ready, spread prepared bechamel on pizza bases, then top them with garlic, grated cheese, red onions, courgettes and olives and place back in the oven, this time without baking trays, just on the racks, make sure to turn off the grill option.

Bake for about 30 more minutes.

Share to the plates, season with freshly ground pepper.

Makes 5-6 pizzas.

Your thoughts…

  1. This is a nice pizza. Don’t we love to make homemade pizza.

  2. ohh, that looks good! i love the combination of onions and olives! yum :)

  3. I never thought to put bechamel directly on a pizza…. that sounds good!

  4. Thank you for the comments. This pizza is different from others because of bechamel instead of tomato sauce… It came out really delicious :razz:

  5. Wow never seen Bechamel on a pizza before! I suppose you would have to make it a little thinner than normal so as it didn’t get to thick and heavy? Looks good though in the pic!

  6. I used regular bechamel sauce I always make, it got thick and easy to spread and then in the oven was bubbling and melted together with the cheese… ;)

  7. Bechamel sauce? What an elegant addition to pizza, Margot. I love it!

  8. hello margot, i’ve tried your recipe – and it works great! thanks a lot!

  9. Wow…..I’ve a great appetite for pizzas,infact m very very fond of pizzas.Thx a lot for this post.

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