Mama made a delicious & nutritious grilled veggie pizza the other night, posted a picture of it on Facebook and folks were asking for the recipe, so I’m bringing it to you. This is a sauceless pizza, but you won’t miss it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Whole wheat pizza crust, single serve size. Mama buys her pre-made (available at Whole Foods, Sprouts and other grocers), or you can make it from scratch. If you’re making from scratch, pre bake your crusts before assembling pizza
Veggies for grilling — we chose eggplant, red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini and red onions
Beefsteak tomatoes (get the freshest you can find — if you have a local farmer’s market, that’s your best bet)
Cheeses: gorgonzola, fresh parmesan and fresh mozzarella
Balsamic glaze — Trader Joe’s has a wonderful balsamic reduction glaze, or you can make your own glaze
Slice eggplant into 1/4 inch rounds and cover with salt (this leeches out the bitterness)
While your eggplant is ridding itself of bitterness, start your coals
Slice the remaining veggies (peppers should be in 2 inch strips)
In a bowl or salad dressing jar, mix 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 Tbl balsamic vinegar (not the glaze), 2 teaspoons chopped basil, teaspoon of chopped (or dried) rosemary, salt & pepper. Mix well.
Rinse the salt off the eggplant and put all veggies in a large pyrex casserole or bowl
Cover veggies with the marinade — go ahead and use your hands (or paws!) and really incorporate the marinade all over each veggie slice
Now your coals should be just about ready to spread. Get your grill hot over the coals and place your veggies, single layer, on the grill
Note: We always grill extra veggies and store them in tupperware in the refrigerator — they’ll stay yummy for a few days. We use them in salads, pitas & pastas.
Now for the assembly. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of gorgonzola and 1 teaspoon of parm on each crust. Arrange your grilled veggies. Add another teaspoon of parm. Cover with single layer of fresh spinach and torn, fresh basil leaves. Tomato slices come next.
Slice the fresh mozzarella thinly and dot around the pizza. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Bake at 400 for about 8 minutes (or until desired crust crunchiness) and voila! A homemade, healthy pizza that your friends and family will love!