Crustless Eggplant Pizza


When life gives you lemons, you make kick ass lemonade. In this case I bought organic, locally grown eggplants and was given delicious tomatoes, so I made this yummy crustless eggplant pizza. 
 eggplants! I use them in sauces, for a lasagna and many other dishes. I find them similar in taste to mushrooms, so when I add cream with sauteed eggplant and onions, it’s just heavenly when you dip the bread.  
My daughter has almost the same taste in food as me and she loves this, but both of my boys don’t even want to come close to it. 
The only way they’ll eat it is if I put marinara sauce instead of raw tomatoes and I cut the eggplant into thin slices lengthwise; then I bake it longer so eggplant could become little bit crunchy. 
So if you have picky eater that don’t like tomatoes or eggplant that trick might work. 

I love, love homegrown tomatoes. I said it before, but if they are cherry tomatoes I keep snacking on them all day long, and if they are regular size I eat them like an apple. It’s so refreshing, sweet, juicy and yes huge difference compared to the store bought. Just when you smell them, that scent alone is so delicious to me. Mine just started to get red, and I picked few last week, but my neighbors are so amazing that they always share with us lots of their tomatoes, which I am using almost every day to cook some delicious meals, if they are not sliced for the salad.  
Anyhow, yeah, today we ended up with delicious eggplant pizza. I served it with whole grain French bread and Italian sausages on the side. 
These are plain, but what I also like to add is toasted panko bread crumbs or Italian bread crumbs depending what I have. I will give you info in the notes.

This is really such a quick meal, even if you serve it without any type of meat it is satisfying. Be creative and like I said if you like marinara/pasta sauce use that instead of the tomatoes. You can also add other things, like minced mushrooms, ham, an egg, which I didn’t try before, but as I write that just came to my mind. I think fried sunny side up egg on the tower of this would be awesome.

Crustless Eggplant Pizza 
Serves 4 | Total time 35 minutes
prep time: 15 min. | cook time: 20 min. {or little less}
Ingredients:

  • 1 large Eggplant {or two medium size}
  • 1 Tbsp. (14g) Salt
  • 1 Large Tomato {or two medium size}
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian Herbs Mix
  • Pizza Cheese Mix (4 Cheese mix would work too) 
  • Basil 
  • Olive oil for brushing and drizzling 
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Crustless Eggplant Pizza
Directions:
  1. Wash then cuts thicker part of the eggplant into approximately 1/2 inch (1 cm) slices; maybe just a little thinner. Add water into large bowl and add salt. Soak eggplant slices in that water for 10 minutes.
  2. While eggplant is soaking, wash and slice tomatoes into thin slices (1/4 inch apx). 
  3. Take eggplant slices out of the water and place them on clean, dry paper towel or cotton kitchen towel. While you are taking them out of the water try to squeeze water out without breaking a slice, then place on dry towel; Pat dry eggplant slices so you take out as much moisture as possible.
  4. Preheat oven on 400°F (200°C /gas moderate hot{6})
  5. Brush olive oil on the bottom of baking pan and place eggplant slices first, brush just a little bit of oil on each, then add slices of tomato, sprinkle to your taste garlic powder and Italian herb mix, add cheese on top and fresh or dry basil. Drizzle a little of olive oil on each.
  6. Bake in the oven for at least 15 minutes. Check and see if it needs additional 5 minutes. The cheese needs to be completely melted and when you cut in the whole thing in the middle it should not be too much liquid. A little moisture, but not that is dripping. READ note**

Enjoy!!!

NOTE*

  • So, It happened that I didn’t have any breadcrumbs, and that’s fine, but it does taste so much better with a little crunch. 
  • So what you’ll need to do- take it from the step 3: after pat drying eggplant brush each slice with olive oil or any on hand and dip bottom part and around into toasted bread crumbs of your choice. And continue with the rest of the steps. 
  • Also, you do not need to peel eggplant. 
  • I would say two slices would make a nice serving size. 
  • Add cheese as much as you would like. Mine was packed, but it’s up to you how much you would like to add. 

Crustless Eggplant Pizza
I wish you an amazing rest of the weekend, and week ahead!!!
Your friend,
SANDRA

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