Grilled Eggplant Pizza

Cooking With Rania - "Summer Pizza Recipe"
KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live 5/30/2012

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Grilled Eggplant Pizza

INGREDIENTS
3 eggplants, about 3 pounds total, sliced 3/4 inches thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing on vegetables + about 1/4 cup
2 large red bell peppers - roasted and julienned

2 Boboli Pizza Shells

1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
About 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
About 1/2 pound buffalo mozzarella cheese, coarsely shredded
About 3 cups packed arugula
Balsamic vinegar

DIRECTIONS
Prepare the grill and let burn down to medium coals or heat gas grill on medium heat.

In a colander set over another bowl, salt the eggplant and let drain for 30 minutes then rinse and dry.

Brush the eggplant slices with olive oil and season with pepper. Toss the peppers with a little olive oil. Place both on the grill and cook the eggplant until browned on the first side, about 3 minutes. The slices should be browned between the grill marks when ready to turn. Move them away from direct heat and cook on the second side until tender, about 10 minutes total. Cut the grilled slices into 1/2-inch dice.

Have the grill ready at medium heat.

Brush each Boboli round with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place on a pizza stone, oiled side up, and cook until browned on the underside, about 2 minutes. Scatter each shell with 1/2 each of the garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, eggplant, bell peppers, olives, and cheese. Cover the grill and cook until the rounds are browned on the bottom and the cheese has softened, about 7 minutes. Top each pizza with an equal amount of the arugula. Spritz lightly with vinegar. Serve immediately.


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