Yes, all eggplant is purple of varying shades. The eggplant that most people associate with is the dark purple, almost black variety. Our farm market also offers an eggplant that is a lighter shade of purple and an all white variety as well. I like the higher shades better. The skin is thinner, there are less seeds, and the taste is milder than their darker cousins. For dinner, I was thinking pizza. Roasted eggplant pizza to be exact.
First, I trimmed the stalk from the top of the eggplant, then cut lengthwise. Half went back into the refrigerator and the other half I diced.
I tossed the diced eggplant with about one tablespoon of salt and placed in a small colander for an hour to remove the excess water.
After sitting for an hour, I rinsed the excess salt from the diced eggplant, then squeezed dry in some paper towel. Next, I tossed with about one tablespoon of olive oil, placed into a cast iron skillet, and roasted in my oven at 350 F for about 45 minutes.
Yes George, there was shrinkage. In hindsight, I should have used the whole eggplant. Lesson learned. By the way, I tried a piece of the eggplant at this stage. Crispy, caramelized, sweetness. I could have stopped here. But, no, there was pizza to be made.
While the eggplant was roasting, I browned about 1/3 of a pound of sweet sausage, caramelized 1/3 of a medium sweet onion, sliced some fresh mozzarella, and created a white sauce with olive oil, 3 cloves of minced garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano, basil, and thyme (about 1/2 tsp each). Time to build the pie.
I brushed my dough with the white sauce, then layered the cheese, eggplant, sausage, and onion. My creation was now ready for the pizza oven.
Ten minutes later, I had a pretty sweet looking pizza pie!
Good stuff. In hindsight, I wish I had used the whole eggplant. The roasted bits added a nice crunchy sweetness to this pizza. There is some work to be done in the future with this pizza. I have some ideas. Fortunately summer is not quite over and there is plenty of eggplant to be had, for now.
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