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Eggplant Pizza Recipe

eggplant pizza

This delicious Eggplant Pizza Recipe (with eggplant as the crust!) is the most frequent eggplant recipe I make.

Ingredients

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  • 1 large eggplant (sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (keep the skins on))
  • Unrefined sea salt
  • 1 cup good quality prepared marinara sauce (my favorite is Rao’s)
  • 1/2 cup organic mozzarella cheese or extra sharp cheddar cheese (ideally from pasture-raised cows) OR for dairy free, substitute with pine nut crumbs (see below)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, shredded
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Arrange the eggplant slices on a stone baking sheet or a parchment-lined baking sheets. Season eggplant with salt, using your clean fingertips to gently press the salt into the eggplant flesh. eggplant pizza
  3. Bake the eggplant for 15-18 minutes. eggplant pizza
  4. Remove the eggplant from the stove and spoon a large dollop of marinara sauce on top of each eggplant slice. Use the back of a spoon to spread the sauce evenly over the surface of each eggplant slice.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese or “pine nut” cheese on top of the marinara sauce, add a few chopped tomatoes and scatter the shredded basil on top. eggplant pizza
  6. Turn the oven broil to low and return the baking stone/sheet to the oven for 3-5 minutes. Season with pepper to taste. Serve warm.eggplant-pizza

Notes

To make pine nut crumbs place pine nuts in a mini food processor and pulse until finely ground. Pine nut crumbs can be made up to one week in advance and stored in an air-tight container in the freezer.