Eggplant, Pesto, and Goat-Cheese Pizza

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7 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, or more as needed
1 large eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound store-bought or homemade pizza dough
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
6 ounces mild goat cheese, such as montrachet, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup store-bought or homemade pesto

Heat the oven to 450 degrees F. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 21/2 tablespoons of the oil over moderately high heat. Season the eggplant with the salt. Fry one-third of the eggplant, turning, until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove. Repeat in two more batches with the remaining oil, using more if needed, and the eggplant.

Meanwhile, oil a 14-inch pizza pan or large baking sheet. Press the pizza dough onto the pan in an approximately 14-inch round or 9-by-13-inch rectangle.

Arrange the eggplant slices on the pizza crust. Sprinkle the garlic and pepper over the top. Bake for 12 minutes. Put the slices of goat cheese on the pizza, sprinkle with the Parmesan, and then dot with the pesto. Bake until the cheese begins to turn golden, about 15 minutes.

Makes one 14-inch pizza



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