Great Garlic and Eggplant Pizza

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Eggplant is an amazing vegetable, but it needs to be finessed a little to keep bitters at bay. Garlic is the superpower in this dish, transforming the eggplant into a silky smooth, robust pizza topping.


1 large eggplant cut into ½ inch pieces
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 large New Sammy’s pizza crust
Olive oil as needed
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
1/3 cup Oregonzola cheese, crumbled


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
  • Combine the eggplant and garlic in a large baking dish. Toss with the olive oil and water. Bake until tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Let cool, place in a medium-size bowl, and add the vinegar. Crush with your hands or the back of a fork to make a textured spread.
  • Lightly oil the pizza crust. Spread the eggplant puree on top. Add the basil, then the cheese.
  • Bake for 5 minutes in the pre-heated oven.
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