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EGGPLANT PIZZA

Posted by on May. 8, 2009 at 11:46 PM
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EGGPLANT PIZZA

Try broiling the eggplant instead of frying it in a lot of oil to lower the
fat. Coat the eggplant with commercial olive-oil spray.
Active time: 45 min. Start to finish: 2 hr.

1 large eggplant (11/4 lb.)
About 3 tablespoons
olive oil

For dough
1 (1/4-oz.) package fast-acting yeast
2/3 cup warm water (110-115°F.)
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 oz. grated mozzarella (3/4 cup)
3/4 oz. grated Asiago or Parmesan (1/4 cup)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

Broil eggplant:
Cut eggplant into 1/3-inch-thick rounds and arrange in 1 layer on a
foil-lined large baking sheet. Lightly brush both sides with oil and season
with salt. Broil 2 to 3 inches from heat until golden brown and tender, 3 to
8 minutes on each side.
Make dough:
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Blend flour and salt in a food processor. Add
oil and blend. With motor running, add yeast mixture all at once, blending
until dough forms a ball. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface 5
minutes. Put in an oiled large bowl and turn to coat. Let rise, covered with
plastic wrap, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. While
dough is rising, put a pizza stone on lowest rack of oven (remove other
racks) and preheat oven to 500°F.
Dust dough with flour on a floured surface, then shape and stretch into a
12- to 13-inch round. Sprinkle a baker's peel generously with flour and
carefully transfer dough to it. Jerk peel; if dough sticks, lift it and
sprinkle flour underneath.
Assemble pizza:
Toss together cheeses and sprinkle 1/4 over dough. Cover with eggplant,
overlapping it, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Heat oil in a small
skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then cook garlic and
red pepper, stirring, until just fragrant, 30 to 40 seconds. Spoon evenly
over eggplant.
Line up far edge of peel with far edge of stone and tilt peel, jerking it
gently. When edge of pizza touches stone, quickly pull back peel to transfer
to stone (do not move pizza) and bake until dough is crisp and browned, 12
to 15 minutes. Slide peel under pizza to remove from oven.

Serves 4.

 


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