Breaded Zucchini Pizza Bites


These zucchini pizza bites are good starter to any Italian dinner–all the good taste of pizza without the gluten.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (8 ounce) container small mozzarella balls

  • 4 medium Roma tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • ½ cup Panko, bread crumbs

  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • 1 (6 ounce) package sliced pepperoni


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with foil. Slice mozzarella balls in half; set aside.

  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Rinse tomatoes and put in the boiling water for blanching. Remove after 1 minute, let cool slightly, and use your hands to peel the skin; it should slip off easily.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in another small pot. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add peeled tomatoes, basil, and oregano. Cook tomatoes, breaking up with a spoon, to create a sauce. Let cook while you prepare zucchini.

  4. Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl until mixture is consistent. Put panko in a shallow bowl.

  5. Dip zucchini pieces into the egg-water mixture, then coat both sides with panko.

  6. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add panko-coated zucchini slices and saute until golden brown, flipping occasionally, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the prepared cookie sheet.

  7. Top each zucchini slice with about 1 teaspoon sauce and 1 pepperoni slice. Place 1 piece mozzarella on top of each zucchini.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until mozzarella is slightly melted, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

272 Calories
22g Fat
9g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 441mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 13mg 64%
Calcium 188mg 14%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 280mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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