Monday, February 22, 2010

Roasted Eggplant Brushetta Pizza

Is it just me or do other people crave big gooey slices of pizza? I had one of those cravings last week. After determining that I didn't have any yeast in the house I made an emergency phone call to JR.

Me: Hi, stop by the store and pick up yeast.
JR: Why?
Me: Pizza night
JR: You want me to pick up pizza?
Me: No, I want to you pick up yeast so I can make pizza
JR: Too late.
Me: Huh?
JR: I've already driven by the store.

Cue, the next day. Yeast was procured by JR.
I had ingredients. I had the will. I turned on the oven.

Roasted Eggplant Brushetta Pizza
1 medium eggplant, drained and chopped
3 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
Pizza dough
mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
Pesto sauce

Here's the instruction portion of our show.

Slice the eggplant into about 1/2 inch slices.

Salt both sides.

Layer into a colander. Place over a bowl or something to catch the drippings. Otherwise you'll have eggplant piddle all over your counter top. There is very little worse than eggplant piddle.

After about 30 minutes rinse the salt off.
Chop into pieces. Try to get these about the same size.
Put a little olive oil on the pan.
Place under the broiler. Not too close. Say, about 6 to 8 inches away.
Cook for 10 minutes. Give them a flip.
Cook for another 10 minutes.

Mix up tomatoes, garlic and basil. Coat with a little olive oil.
Add to the pan with the eggplant.
Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.
You want to caramelize the sugars in the tomatoes.
I just happened to have a container of brushetta topping.
So I skipped the tomato mixture in favor of using this.

It comes out as a sloppy yummy mess.
Put it off to the side.

While you are cooking your eggplant make the dough.
I didn't have any corn meal handy so I used corn bread mix.

I had some pre-made pesto that I spread over the top. You could leave this out but really why would you want to? If you have it use it. That's my motto. Or, it would be if my real motto wasn't play well with others.

Use up the last of your mozzarella cheese.
Now, you could stop here but let's take it right over the top.

Evenly distribute the eggplant mixture over the top.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is all melty.

Oh Yeah!

Sorry, this is not diet food. The best you could say is that it is a test of your power of moderation. Can you limit yourself to just one piece? Me = fail. I had two. There were exactly 3 pieces left for lunch the next day. After a little wrangling JR got 2 and I got 1. Didn't seem fair to me but his whining; "I'm a foot taller and weigh 60 pounds more than you so I should get more", was grating on my nerves.

The eggplant topping can be used with pasta, eggs, and baked potato just to name a few. It is worth making just on it's own.

Go! Make pizza! Be happy! Be melty gooey cheese happy!



  1. I am seriously hungry for pizza right now. I'm not a huge eggplant fan (maybe because I didn't know about preventing the eggplant piddle), but you make it look good! :)

  2. I don't crave pizza very often but, like you, when I do I want to make it myself. And yours looks FABULOUS.

  3. I want to get this straight. JR turned down HOMEMADE PIZZA because he'd already driven past the store? The man is crazy! I'd do anything I had to do!

  4. SK: It was awesome!

    Stacy: You really have to salt and drain the eggplant otherwise it is bitter.

    Jan: Homemade is the only way to go.

    Gretchen: I know! He's crazy.

  5. Oooh! This makes me even more impatient for aubergine season!

    Ben and I have a new rule, whenever we crave pizza it has to be homemade. I use this dough recipe: So healthy & tasty.

    It didn't turn out as well as I hoped the first time. So I bought a rolling pin, and a pastry cloth is on its way. As soon as it gets here I'm gonna make us pizza. :)

  6. Looks wonderful! Every Friday is homemade pizza at our house. Happy Monday....Denise

  7. For one year now I have not had pizza...the gluten free ones are nasty.

    This looked very good.


  8. Oh my gawd, that looks delicious! I'm so hungry now!

  9. Tessa wants to make us some!! I must show that girl more recipes on the net!!!

  10. Ha, tell his ass to make it next time and he can have all of the slices he wants. You should have gotten the bigger leftover portion. Harumph.

  11. Moderation? Pizza? In the same sentence? I don't think so. I swear I could eat my weight in pizza, I have to stop because somehow it just never fills me up.

    This recipe looks great but I'd have to buy the dough.