Saturday, August 16, 2008

Eggplant Pizza

On Friday I made eggplant pizza with aubgergines (eggplant) from our garden. We've harvested at least six eggplants so far, and there are many more coming along. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I love pizza and that I love to make my own pizza.

Four eggplants from the garden.

Of course, the first step is to make the pizza dough. I do that with flour, yeast, honey, salt, and olive oil. The dough gets mixed, then kneaded, then it rises. After the first rise, I punch it down and let it rise for a little while in the fridge, just to slow it down a bit.

The dough is formed and rises a third time.

After that, I form the dough into rounds and let it rise again while the oven heats up. I had already sliced and roasted the eggplant at that point. I thawed out some roasted red pepper purée that we had in the freezer to serve as the sauce.

The first assembled pizza ready for the oven.

Then it's on to the assembly. Some sauce, some herbs, the eggplant, and some mozzarella, and voilà, it's pizza time! These were very tasty and made a great lunch.

A finished pizza on the peel. Yum!

My standard practice is to make enough dough for two single-serving pizzas. We share the first one and then make a second one to share as well. This time I put thyme and oregano on the first, then some fresh basil on the second.

6 comments:

  1. That looks delightful. I was amazed to see the picture of the little flower. I took one like that yesterday. Will put it on my blog for you to have a look at. :-)

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  2. looks incredible! I need to get on this "making your own pizza" craze.

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  3. Miam, miam! I bet your eggplant tasted good. I was thinking basil and glad you added some to the second pizza. Your dough is about like my bread dough, non? I need to try a pepper purée sometime.

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  4. That is one gorgeous pizza!

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  5. I don't know why I always thought that tomato sauce was a basic element in a pizza. Also I never has one with eggplant. I can't wait to try this one. It looks delicious.

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  6. anne, I looked and left you a comment. Thanks!

    justin, if you're not into making your own dough, you can buy it in the supermarket. I've also heard that certain boulangers will sell you raw bread dough to use for pizzas.

    evelyn, yes, the eggplant is very tasty!

    quinn, yup! Merci!

    claudia, there are lots of options for pizza without tomato sauce. :)

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