Eggplant Pizza

Makes: 6 servings at $1.22 each. Prep Time: 20 minutes. Cook: 38 minutes. Bake: at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Broil: 4 to 5 minutes.

Eggplant Pizza
Servings: 6 Prep 20 mins Bake 400°F 20 mins Cook 38 mins Broil 4 mins to 5 mins Stand 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup olive oil, or more as needed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 5 medium-size tomatoes (about 2 pounds), cored, seeded and chopped (4 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 medium-size eggplants (about 3 pounds total), sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Make It

1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; saute until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the black pepper; simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes or until thickened.

2. Meanwhile, divide the eggplant slices among 3 paper towel-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle both sides of eggplant slices with remaining 2 teaspoons salt; this removes excess moisture from eggplant. Let the eggplant slices stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Then pat the eggplant slices dry with the paper towels to remove salt and any excess moisture on surface of eggplant.

3. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

4. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil into glass measure. Brush 3 baking sheets with some of the oil. Place eggplant slices in single layer on oiled baking sheets (work in batches, if necessary). With remaining oil in glass measure, brush eggplant slices. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Cover with foil.

5. Bake in 400 degrees F oven for 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven.

6. Increase the oven temperature to broil.

7. Remove the bay leaf from the tomato sauce and discard. Divide the tomato sauce over the eggplant slices, about 1 tablespoon each; spread evenly. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese, dividing equally. Drizzle with the remaining 3 tablespoons oil, dividing evenly.

8. Broil 4 to 5 minutes or until tops of pizzas are lightly browned. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 309, Fat, total (g): 24, chol. (mg): 7, sat. fat (g): 5, carb. (g): 22, fiber (g): 7, pro. (g): 7, sodium (mg): 1142, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.