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May
09

Eggplant Pizza Bites

It has been my mission to find a recipe with eggplant that I actually like. Eggplant is so pretty and colourful, but I have struggled to know what to do with it, and often find it mushy when I have used eggplant in a recipe. You too? Well, hold on tight because this recipe just might blow your socks off (or at least surprise you)!

Preheat oven to 400F

Ingredients:

- 1 medium sized eggplant

- 1 x 50ml can tomato paste

- 1/2 tsp dried basil

- 1/2 tsp dried oregano

- Pinch of salt

- ~12-15 Provolone rounds or ~ 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

- ~100g thinly shaved prosciutto or ham (I purchased from the grocery store deli)

- Fresh basil or arugula

- Optional to also add grape tomato halves

 

Directions:

1) Cut the ends of the eggplant off and discard. Then cut the eggplant into ~1/4 inch rounds.

2) Salt one side of the eggplant and let sit for ~20 minutes. This helps to draw the moisture out of the eggplant so that it doesn’t go soggy during cooking.

3) In the meantime, mix the tomato paste with the dried basil, oregano and salt (essentially making your own simple pizza sauce without all the fillers and excess sodium).

4) After 20 minutes, wipe the moisture and salt off the eggplant rounds. Place the rounds on a raised rack. Brush each round with a little vegetable oil and roast in the oven for ~15 minutes. Remove from the oven.

5) Layer each eggplant round with the tomato paste, prosciutto, cheese, basil, and tomatoes.

 

6) Broil the pizza's until the cheese is melted, ~ 5 minutes

 

Makes ~15 pizza bites

 

Submitted by Brooke Bulloch, RD

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