Friday, August 26, 2011

Eggplant & Ricotta Pizza


Its Friday! That means it's time for another Your Recipe- My Kitchen Post.

The idea for this recipe started when I was in Publix.  I love to buy their bakery pizza dough and I picked some up the other day.  By the time I got to the last aisle, I realized I didn't have a plan for the pizza.  The last aisle is the dairy section so I looked over and saw the ricotta and I immediately thought of using it for the pizza and then I remembered seeing a beautiful eggplant back in produce so I ran back and grabbed it.  I knew I was going to create a pizza with these items.  When I got home I did a quick search on line to see if I could find a similar recipe, I found a few but I really liked the one I saw from Pink Parsley.  I changed the recipe a bit but what I loved most was the way the eggplant was fanned out -so I copied it.  I loaded mine with mozzarella to make it more appealing to the kids and it worked and guess what else?  I decided to peel the eggplant to make it look less like a vegetable (all in hopes of tricking little man into adding a new vege to his rotation) and it worked.  Little Man ate an entire piece and asked for seconds.  After dinner I told Little Man I was so proud if him.  I said, "guess what -you know how you only like cucumbers, tomatoes and broccoli and no other vegetables?"  "well, you just ate eggplant and loved it - I am so proud of you!!"  He told me he hated eggplant and didn't really like his dinner.  I learned my lesson - just feed him and keep my mouth shut.  Enjoy!!


Recipe adapted from Pink Parsley
What you need:
pizza dough
1 eggplant
1 cup ricotta
mozzarella (I used fresh and cut enough circles to cover the eggplant)
olive oil
1/3 cup parmigiana cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
pinch of red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
cornmeal, for sprinkling

What you do:
I peeled my eggplant but you can decide if you want to do this,  Slice the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices and arrange on a baking sheet.  Brush the slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides.  Broil, turning once, until golden brown about 10 minutes.  Set aside.

Place your pizza stone in a 500 degree oven and let heat for 30 minutes.  Combine ricotta, 1/4 cup parmigiana, garlic, basil, parsley and red pepper in a bowl.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Sprinkle parchment paper with cornmeal and stretch your dough out to about 12 inches in diameter.  Brush the outer edge with oil and then spread the ricotta on the dough leaving a border all around. 

Slide pizza on to stone  and bake for 8 minutes.  Remove from oven and quickly arrange the eggplant on the ricotta, you can fan it out like I did, then top with mozzarella slices and remaining parmigiana, salt and pepper.  Bake until eggplant browns and mozzarella melts, about 4 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow the pizza to cool for a minute or two before slicing.

I served this pizza with tomatoes topped with sliced mozzerella and fresh basil from the garden.  I sprikled olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper on top.


I was afraid Hubby was going to need more than just a slice or two of eggplant pizza so I served a bowl of some pasta sauce from the night before with sausage in it on the side.  I figured he could top his pizza with it if he was missing the meat in the meal.  The sauce went well with it but wasn't necessary.

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21 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! Great way to get your kids to eat yummy veggies, the sauce of course is a nuttitional bonus. ;)

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  2. haha - the things kids will eat (and think delicious) without knowing it, yet refuse once they know!

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  3. Mmm, I was thinking about eggplant today. I'm tired of cooking it the same old way. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing! We love trying different pizzas in our home. :) Visiting from Friday Potluck! I would love it if you stopped by my blog to say hi!

    Mandi at boredombustingmommy.blogspot.com

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  4. I really hope my CSA has some eggplant in store for us because this looks awesome!

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  5. Oh my I just have to try these recipies! Thanks for sharing. I really like your blog - I found it because it's Comment Love Day :)
    Have a beautiful day!

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  6. That Blueberry Delight looks, well, absolutely delightful! <3 Also, I don't have children but I love those school notes! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    Just stopping by for Comment Love Sunday! Feel free to come visit!

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  7. What a great idea! I'm always wanting to work more vegetables in, myself.

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  8. Oh wow, what a unique pizza! This sounds SO good! Love eggplant and I forget about it!

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  9. Eggplants and pizza, are you kidding me?! It can't get any better!

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  10. I have never thought of doing eggplant on a pizza! Thanks for linking up to Fat Camp Friday. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, see you next time!

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  11. I keep meaning to try eggplant. I had a friend tell me it was pretty similar to zucchini.

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  12. This recipe looks amazing! Please join in on the fun and come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow to share this tasty recipe with us.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  13. This looks really yummy. I love eggplant so will definitely have to try it.
    Laura

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  14. Beautiful pizza! I would have never thought to put eggplant on pizza, but this seems like it would taste amazing.

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  15. Mmm! You had me at eggplant.. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. and I hope you will consider signing up for Stashbusting September which kicksoff today @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/09/stashbusting-september-kickoff.html

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  16. Danielle,
    Your Eggplant and Ricotta Pizza is a great idea and a great recipe. I can't wait to try it. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  17. oh this looks delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  18. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional on Confessions of a SAHM. You've been featured, so stop by and grab a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/09/features-from-last-weeks-tuesday.html
    ~Macy

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  19. I've made Eggplant Parm pizza before and loved it. I will have to give this a try.
    Holy Cannoli Recipes

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