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Eggplant Pizza | Recipe

By |2018-08-08T21:14:05+00:00February 18th, 2014|Food|0 Comments

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I was so excited to find an eggplant at Aldi for only $.99! What a deal! And since I’m always trying to sneak diverse veggies into our diet, I thought I would give eggplant a try. The only eggplant I have tasted was eggplant parmesan at a local Italian Eatery. But then I stumbled across a recipe for eggplant pizza. In my search for eggplant recipes, I would have kept searching had there been no picture. Simply because eggplant pizza sounds like a veggie catastrophe! Oh but there was a picture! A savory, mouth-watering picture! I found a winner!

The original recipe was a Julia Child dish. But the recipe that inspired me can be found here: ladiesfirstrocks.com. I used this as a guide, but used the ingredients I had on hand. My version is quick and easy. No obscure ingredients…except of course the eggplant! Perfect for a weeknight meal.

Ingredients:

* 1 Eggplant

* Salt

* Olive Oil

* Italian Seasoning

* Pizza Toppings of Choice – I used pre-made pizza sauce, fresh mushroom, turkey pepperoni, and cheddar cheese

* Crushed Red Pepper and Parmesan Cheese (Optional)

I’m so visual! So if you are to, here’s what you need:

ImageFirst, pre-heat your oven to 375.

Then, wash your eggplant and then chop both ends off. The slice the eggplant into 1 inch slices. Lay them on a double layer paper towel. Salt both sides generously. The salt helps to draw some of the water out of the eggplant so your pizza isn’t mushy. After salting, let it rest for 30 minutes.

It should look like this.

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So cool how it just pulls that water right out!

Anyways, next use your paper towels to wipe the water off the eggplant. Most of the salt will be wiped away in the process.

Then put your eggplant slices on an oiled baking sheet and brush the top sides of your eggplant with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning. I didn’t really measure anything when making this. Just gave the Italian seasoning a shake or two over each slice.

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Mmmmm! ready for roasting.

Then pop it in the oven and roast it for 12-15 minutes. Check it at 12 minutes. It should be somewhat soft, but not mushy. You can use this time to prep your toppings.

After your eggplant is roasted, remove it from the oven. Then set your oven to broil. 

Build your eggplant pizzas with the toppings of your choice. Once you have them assembled, put them back in the oven for 3-5 minutes. These 3-5 minutes are the most difficult part of the recipe. The smells is so heavenly you will want to pull them right out of your oven and begin munching immediately. Refrain! Let that delicious cheese melt down over the eggplant. You won’t regret it! After the cheese is melted and slightly browned, they are done. Remove from the oven and take a big whiff of all that deliciousness!

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I topped mine with crushed red pepper and parmesan cheese.

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I think it is safe to say I will be making this more often!

 


Eggplant Pizza

Ingredients:

* 1 Eggplant

* Salt

* Olive Oil

* Italian Seasoning

* Pizza Toppings of Choice – I used pre-made pizza sauce, fresh mushroom, turkey pepperoni, and cheddar cheese

* Crushed Red Pepper and Parmesan Cheese (Optional)

 

Instructions:

First, pre-heat your oven to 375.

Then, wash your eggplant and then chop both ends off. The slice the eggplant into 1 inch slices. Lay them on a double layer paper towel. Salt both sides generously. The salt helps to draw some of the water out of the eggplant so your pizza isn’t mushy. After salting, let it rest for 30 minutes.

Anyways, next use your paper towels to wipe the water off the eggplant. Most of the salt will be wiped away in the process.

Then put your eggplant slices on an oiled baking sheet and brush the top sides of your eggplant with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning. I didn’t really measure anything when making this. Just gave the Italian seasoning a shake or two over each slice.

Then pop it in the oven and roast it for 12-15 minutes. Check it at 12 minutes. It should be somewhat soft, but not mushy. You can use this time to prep your toppings.

After your eggplant is roasted, remove it from the oven. Then set your oven to broil. 

Build your eggplant pizzas with the toppings of your choice. Once you have them assembled, put them back in the oven for 3-5 minutes. These 3-5 minutes are the most difficult part of the recipe. The smells is so heavenly you will want to pull them right out of your oven and begin munching immediately. Refrain! Let that delicious cheese melt down over the eggplant. You won’t regret it! After the cheese is melted and slightly browned, they are done. Remove from the oven and take a big whiff of all that deliciousness!

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