Wednesday, August 28, 2013

gluten free eggplant pizzas

Long Drive Journey


my friend amy has challenged her readers to a vegetable of the month link up. this month's vegetable is eggplant and since its one of the vegetables i usually avoid i figured it would be a good vegetable to experiment with!

i decided to make eggplant pizzas - hoping that pizza toppings would mask the flavor of the eggplant a little bit. i tried cooking the eggplant three different ways to see which made the best "crust"; egg white wash, egg white wash + flour, egg white wash + flour + corn flake crumbs. the best combination included the corn flake crumbs, however they were pretty hard to work with. for another gluten free option, i'd use regular gluten free bread crumbs the next time i make this recipe. flour is absolutely nessecary to make sure the eggplant maintains its shape and integrity. if you don't use flour, you'll have a mushy eggplant pizza and that is not tasty nor easy to eat!

i was surprised by how much i didn't taste the eggplant. i wasn't distracted or grossed out by the texture of the eggplant either, which made the pizzas turn out really delicious. in fact, if i didn't know i was eating eggplant, i probably wouldn't have guessed that it was the "secret" crust. so there you go - if you're a bit skeptical, give it a try. i normally steer away from eggplant but found these pizzas scrumptious!



gluten free eggplant pizzas 


ingredients:

  • 1 large fresh eggplant, washed and cut into about 1/2 inch rounds
  • 3 egg whites, whisked in a bowl
  • 1 cup gluten free flour (i used brown rice flour)
  • 3/4 cups corn flake crumbs (or gluten free bread crumbs)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • italian seasoning
  • pizza sauce (or you can make my basic version below)
  • toppings (i used fresh mozzarella and basil)


ingredients for basic pizza sauce:

  • 6 oz can unsalted tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons brown sugar (use more for a sweeter sauce)



to make the pizzas

  • preheat oven to 450 degrees. combine the flour with salt and pepper (to your taste). add in italian seasoning. i used about 3 teaspoons.
  • dip each eggplant round in the egg white, followed by the flour and lastly in the corn flake crumbs (or bread crumbs). make sure the eggplant is as coated as possible.
  • place eggplant on baking sheets and cook in oven for about 20 minutes. the eggplant will be done when you can easily stick a fork through it.
  • while the eggplant is cooking, prepare your pizza sauce and toppings. if you're using my pizza sauce recipe all you need to do is combine the tomato paste, salt, onion powder, dried basil and brown sugar.
  • when the eggplant is cooked, reduce oven heat to 350 degrees. spread the pizza sauce on top of each eggplant round and then cover with toppings. 
  • place pizzas back in oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • enjoy!



do you love or dislike eggplant? would you try eggplant pizzas? got a tasty eggplant recipe to share?

3 comments:

  1. Amy @ Long Drive JourneyAugust 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    You know, I had a VERY similar dish at a party. It was my first time eating eggplant NOT in some kind of casserole, and it was DELICIOUS. Tasted much more like a mini pizza than like eggplant. I keep meaning to make it again!


    Thanks for linking up girl!

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  2. I've never been to a party that has served eggplant. I think its because the majority of the parties I go to revolve around sports, and you can guess what kind of food that is :)

    Thanks for hosting the link up!

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