Are you looking for a new vegetable to add more variety of flavors, colors and nutritional value to your menu? How about trying these Eggplant Mini Pizzas? They are tasty beyond words, easy to make, and kid-friendly!
Eggplant is actually a fruit and has been around for centuries. At one time it resembled a goose egg (thus the name). I confess I didn’t try this fruit until a few years ago when it showed up in my CSA box. I am now an avid fan of the eggplant and the amazing nutrients it possesses – potassium, B1, copper, manganese, B6, niacin, vitamin K, plus phytonutrients. And, I even started growing eggplants in my garden (pretty easy to grow).
While the taste and texture of an eggplant is unique, it is an ideal ingredient to use in a variety of dishes. For some additional recipes, try our Roasted Eggplant Dip, Sautéed Eggplant and Eggplant Parmigiana found on page 115 in our book Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World®.
EGGPLANT MINI PIZZAS
2 eggplants, cut into 1/3 inch slices
2 to 3 tablespoons butter or ghee
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (page 125)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce (page 257)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped red peppers
1/3 cup sliced black olives, optional
1/3 cup sliced mushrooms, optional
8 ounces uncured pepperoni, optional
1 cup shredded raw cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 475°F. Wash, peel and cut eggplants into 1/3 inch thick slices. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, Parmesan cheese, milk, Italian seasoning and salt. Stir together until well mixed. Melt butter in a large skillet. Dip eggplant slices in egg mixture and fry over medium heat until golden on each side.
Place eggplant slices in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top each slice with pizza sauce, your choice of toppings (I like to use whatever I have in the refrigerator) and top with a small amount of cheese.
Place under broiler 5 to 8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 4 to 6