Saturday, September 20, 2014

Eggplant pizza

Earlier this week, I made some eggplant pizzas based on a recipe I saw from the Of a Kind mailing list:

Ingredients (serves 1-2 people)
  • Ragu 7-herb tomato pasta sauce (or any pasta sauce / tomato sauce/pizza sauce you have handy or want to make)
  • Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 2 small /medium eggplants, cut into round discs of 1/3 to 1/2in thick
  • Sliced garlic
  • Olive oil,salt,pepper, Italian seasoning
  • Other toppings (all optional):Sliced mushrooms,grape tomatoes, peppers, sun dried tomatoes, etc. 
  • Parmesan cheese topping (optional)
  • Olive bread (optional)

  1. preheat oven to 400F
  2. slice / prep eggplant and veggies. I followed the recipe's direction to rub salt on eggplant and then wipe with paper towel (may not be necessary since the eggplants I picked are quite small).
  3. Combine sliced eggplants with salt/pepper/olive oil/Italian seasoning to taste
  4. put eggplant on baking tray in oven and roast for around 15 min.
  5. Spoon out pasta or tomato sauce and spread on top of each slice of eggplant
  6. Top eggplants with plenty of mozzarella
  7. Add garlic (for more cooked garlic, you can put garlic in oven with eggplant in previous step), mushrooms, grapes.
  8. Put everything back in oven for around 3 min. I didn't use broil as recipe suggested because I needed to cook the mushrooms a bit more. You can probably experiment with this.
  9. Turn off oven, let tray cool off for a bit. Top off with Parmesan (optional) 
  10. Place in plate and eat! (or you can add this "pizza" to slices of olive bread)
may not look as pretty as the original recipe's, but it's definitely delicious.

few days later I made it again with jalapeno and garlic and peppers. pretty tasty as a side for rice and curry (featuring Golden Curry Medium Hot).

Amazing pizza place with eggplant
I love Adrienne's on Stone Street and always order eggplant when I can. 

Their old fashioned rectangular pizza (pictured below) feeds a party of four or a hungry party of three. I went recently with Linda and Ryan after a sketching session at Elevated Acres / Stone St. Our topping choices were half eggplant/peppers and half chicken/arugula. We cleaned up really well. I personally would have gone with sausage or pepperoni but chicken is ok too. 

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