Delicious Eggplant Pizza Bites!
These are an easy to make healthy alternative to pizza that is great in the summer months when the veggies are plentiful and can also be made gluten free. Quick tip : These are also great when they are done on the grill!
- 1 large eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
- 1 ounce pepperoni
Sprinkle the eggplant with the coarse salt, let sit on paper towels for 20 minutes and wipe dry.
Brush the eggplant slices with oil and season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Roast the eggplant in a preheated 400F oven until it just starts to turn tender, about 15-20 minutes. (Do not let them become too soft or mushy.)
Top the eggplant with sauce, cheese and pepperoni and broil until the cheese has melted, about 3-5 minutes.
Option: Grill the eggplant instead of baking them.
Note: Eggplant can get bitter with age and salting it helps draw out that bitterness. If you are using younger eggplants you can skip the salting and save some time.