My family loves pizza! We’ve been trying to eat healthier and one day I was trying to figure out how to have pizza without the crust. I wanted this option to be simple, and while we all LOVE pizza crust, I wanted to find something that was easy but tasty. I thought of eggplant, but since I’m not too familiar with cooking eggplant, I went online to see if there were any recipes as to how to actually do this. I found a recipe on EatGood4Life.com and used that as inspiration. You can find that original recipe here. Her idea of using these little pizzas on a sandwich is very intriguing – I HAVE to try that sometime when and if there are ever any left. I changed that recipe a little bit to kind of be my own and ended up with this Eggplant Pizza. You seriously will NOT miss the crust on these. They’re so delicious – just like regular pizza!
Here is the recipe as I made it:
Slice an eggplant (or two depending on how many people are having these) 1/2″ thick.
Sprinkle with salt and bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and turn on the broiler.
Top each slice of eggplant with tomato sauce and proceed to make your pizza.
We just make pizza like we would if we were using a crust.
Put on your seasoning: dried oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes – whatever you like.
Next put on toppings and then top with shredded mozzarella – everyone has their own way to make pizza the way they like it. I use: sliced mushrooms, sliced black olives, sliced onion, sliced or chopped red or green peppers, pepperoni, cooked sausage, ham (with pineapple).
Just make the little pizzas the way you want them and then put them under the broiler for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted (I like my pepperoni on top above the cheese to make it crispy – that’s just me!).
I don’t peel the eggplant, but if you don’t like the skin, go ahead and peel it first.
Baking the eggplant first helps them be just the right consistency for pizza crust.
On with the tomato sauce, seasonings, and toppings.
Sometimes it’s hard to fit all the toppings that I want on my pizza! It WILL all fit – I promise – and they come out of the oven so beautiful and delicious!
Glorious. I mean seriously, how pretty is this?!!!
I added a little sprinkle of parmesan cheese, more dried oregano, and red pepper flakes to mine. You really won’t miss the crust on these little beauties.
Try this interesting way of making pizza without crust. I have also done it on Portobello mushrooms and zucchini boats, but this is my family’s favorite. It’s fast food – just bake the eggplant while you get the toppings ready and before you know it – they’re done! I mean, who doesn’t love pizza, and if you can save a few calories in the process? Winner.