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Eggplant, Olive, and Mushroom Pizza
Like my other pizza recipes, any variety of pizza dough can be used for this recipe. Pizza dough can add many extra steps and work to an otherwise quick and easy recipe. So using store bought, fresh or frozen dough is fine in my book. Also, if you make pizza at home often, it’s a good idea to make a large batch of your own dough, ball it up in individual dough balls, and freeze it. That way you have high quality dough ready when you need it.
Prep Time: 00:10
Cook Time: 00:10
1 large pizza dough
1 large eggplant, cut into thin bite size pieces
1/2 cup baby portabella mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 cup sliced provolone, cut into thin strips
1/3 cup kalamata olives
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Position an oven rack near the top of your oven (not the very top).
2Prepare your pizza dough according to the instructions that came with it or your desired technique.
3In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the eggplant and mushrooms. Sauté for about 4 minutes. We don’t want to fully cook the veggies, just “sweat” them to remove some of their juices. This is done so excess vegetable juice doesn’t make the pizza soggy.
4Mix the diced garlic clove into the olive oil and apply a thin coat of olive oil to your pizza dough. You want the dough to be thoroughly oiled, but not to the point there are puddles of oil. And you want to make sure the garlic is evenly distributed, no one wants a mouth full of garlic (even though I love garlic).
5Sprinkle the dough with the basil, then evenly spread the eggplant, mushrooms, and olives on the dough, and top with the cheese.
6Bake on your pizza stone for 8 to 9 minutes, or unit the cheese is slightly browned and bubbling. If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can lightly flour a baking sheet and bake your pizza on the baking sheet.
I prefer to cut my pizza with a kitchen shears or scissors, they work much better than those cheap pizza cutting wheels.
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