Who says pizza has no place in a healthy diet? Give into your pizza cravings with my eggplant pizza solution. This recipe is worth the wait. It makes an amazing side, snack or main course. Dig in and experience the power of pizza at 56 calories a “slice”!
-1 globe eggplant about 8 ounces and 9-10 inches long
-1 Tablespoon of salt, for drawing water out of eggplant
-2 plum tomatoes
-2 Tablespoons olive oil, for brushing eggplant before roasting
-2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, for sprinkling on eggplant
-10 large fresh basil leaves, cut
-2/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
-1/8 cup (.5 oz.) fresh parmesan cheese grated
-2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
-3 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped
-1 can (14.5 oz.) good quality petite diced tomatoes with liquid
-1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning blend
-1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
-Cut off the ends of the eggplant; then cut it into 3/4 inch thick slices
-Put the eggplant pieces on a double layer of paper towels and sprinkle both sides generously with salt.
-Let the eggplant sit with the salt on it for about 30 minutes to draw out the liquid. (After the eggplant sits for 15 minutes, Preheat the oven to 375F/190C.)
-Make the sauce by heating 2 teaspoons olive oil and sauteing the chopped garlic just until it becomes fragrant not brown.
-Add the diced tomatoes, dried Italian seasoning, and dried oregano
-Simmer sauce on low until it’s thickened
-After 30 minutes, wipe the eggplant dry with paper towels
-Spray a roasting sheet with non-stick spray, lay eggplant slices on, brush the tops of the eggplant with the olive oil, and sprinkle with dried Italian seasoning.
-Roast the eggplant about 25 minutes at 375F/190C
-While the eggplant roasts, slice the fresh basil leaves, plum tomatoes and combine the grated Parmesan and shredded mozzarella.
-After 25 minutes remove eggplant from the oven and turn oven setting to broil.
-Spread a few tablespoons of sauce on the top of each eggplant slice, sprinkle with basil, fresh tomatoes and top with a generous amount of cheese.
-Put pizzas under the broiler for 6 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.
-Enjoy right out of the oven
|1 Mini Pizza
|4 Mini Pizzas
|*Makes 12 Mini Pizzas, Serves 3-4*