This recipe for Mediterranean pizza with grilled eggplant brings all the wonderful flavours of the Mediterranean together on a freshly made pizza base that can be oven baked or wood fired.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
- Mediterranean Pizza Sauce
- 14 oz. (400g) Can Tomatoes
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 Tsp. Oregano
- 2 Tsp. Sugar
- ½ Tsp. Dried Basil Leaves or ½ Tbsp. Fresh Basil Leaves
- Mediterranean Pizza Toppings
- 1 Small Eggplant
- 1 Small Red Bell Pepper (Capsicum)
- 10 to 15 Kalamata Olives
- 5 Mushrooms
- 1 Small Onion
- 10 oz. Mozzarella or Pizza Blend Grated Cheese
- Fresh Pizza Base
- First, make the pizza base to the recipe above then either roll or stretch out over your lightly greased pizza pan. Lightly brush the surface of the dough with olive oil to prevent the sauce from making the dough soggy then leave to rise while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Next make the Mediterranean pizza sauce by adding all the sauce ingredients to a processor then blitz until smooth. If you don’t have a processor use tomato puree instead of the chopped tomatoes then finely chop the garlic and herbs. Mix well.
- Spread the sauce over the top of the pizza. This sauce will be enough for 2 or even three large pizzas. Put any leftover sauce in a container then freeze for your next pizza night.
- Next heat a grill pan or frypan over high heat then slice the eggplant into ¼ inch (5mm) slices. Lightly salt both sides of each slice then brush the slices and pan with olive oil.
- Grill for a few minutes each side until done. A knife will slide through the eggplant easily. Set aside to cool.
- Use scissors to cut the eggplant into 1-inch sections then arrange on the pizza. Any leftover eggplant can be stored in the fridge then reheated for lunch the next day.
- Slice the bell pepper, mushrooms and onion then arrange on the pizza with the olives. Cover the pizza with cheese.
- Bake in a hot oven 425°F (220°C) for 15 to 20 minutes.
Black olives can be substituted for the Kalamata olives. Grilled zucchini can be substituted for the grilled eggplant.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14.3 g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 8.07 g||40.4%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Cholesterol 38 mg||12.7%|
|Sodium 328 mg||13.7%|
|Total Carbohydrate 26.18 g||8.7%|
|Dietary Fiber 7 g||28%|
|Sugars 11.68 g|
|Protein 23.95 g|
|Vitamin A 1409 IU||Vitamin C 40.7 mg|
|Calcium 590 mg||Iron 1.9 mg|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
For gluten free; use a gluten free pizza base or use a gluten free pizza flour blend then make your own. For dairy free; use lactose free cheese. Some dairy intolerance sufferers can tolerate hard cheeses such as cheddar which works well in this recipe.
Heat up any leftover pizza in the wintertime by placing the slices on a stoneware plate, cover the plate with foil then place on a grate on top of your slow combustion wood heater. Do not place directly on the wood heater or use porcelain or the plate will crack. Try this guide to reheating food on your wood heater.
By using this method of reheating you use less energy and the pizza tastes better than when it is reheated in the microwave.
Save money on your by buying making your own pizza base from scratch. It tastes so much better than store bought and is easy to do at home. See this recipe for Fresh Herb Pizza Base.
Consider buying Kalamata olives in bulk. They are wonderful in salads and in pasta dishes. Oregano can also be bought in bulk but it is an easy herb to grow and dry at home. See this guide to Growing and Drying Oregano.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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