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Cheesy Baked Eggplant Pizza

7 reviews / 4.9 average



Why is Monday so sneaky?  Even with an extra hour of sleep on Sunday, I still feel cheated.

Goodbye sweatpants, hot chocolate, and book that I’ve been trying to finish for a year.

Hello you mean old alarm clock.  You mean old alarm clock that quacks at me every morning at 5am.  Mmmhm.  That’s quack, like a duck.  I can’t think of anyone in the world who would want to wake up that way except my special boy.

Eggplant pizzas topped with marinara and melted cheese.

So, yes.  We wake up to quacking alarm clocks and we eat eggplant pizza.  We’re special together, I guess.

But these eggplant pizzas really are special in a delicious way, so don’t write the specialness off just yet.  Crispy, golden brown outside, tangy tomato sauce, toppings, and melted cheese.   It’s an almost-pizza and it’s yummy.  Bjork took seconds, I took thirds, and even my sweet 10-year-old friend ate these pizzas and enjoyed them.

And here’s something to brighten your Monday – they’re healthy!

Cause this weekend?  My eating?   Let’s just say there might have been a bucket of french fries and a Juicy Lucy involved.

So I guess today is a new day where I eat healthy things like eggplant pizza covered in melted cheese.  Cool.

Eggplant pizza topped with marinara and melted cheese on a plate with a fork.
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Cheesy Baked Eggplant Pizza


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 34 1x

Description

These little eggplant pizzas are baked slices of breaded eggplant topped with marinara and melted cheese. Simple, healthy, delicious!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large unpeeled eggplant, cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (pizza, marinara, whatever you like)
  • 1 cup shredded or sliced mozzarella cheese (can sub provolone or other cheese)
  • toppings: fresh spinach, pepperoni, green pepper, Canadian bacon, etc.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press each slice of eggplant with paper towels to remove a little of the excess moisture. Put egg whites and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip eggplant slices in egg whites, then coat with breadcrumbs. Put on a baking sheet and drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp on one side. Turn each piece over, drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil, and bake another 5-8 minutes.
  3. Top each slice with a little tomato sauce, cheese, and your toppings. Bake another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Notes

I found that it worked best to layer the toppings on top of the sauce and underneath the cheese.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired

Keywords: eggplant pizza, pizza recipe, vegetarian pizza, healthy pizza

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And here’s the part where you leave me a suggestion for an alarm clock ringtone that won’t make me crazy.

In exchange for a pizza? Please?

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh wow, these look so good! I may be able to get my boyfriend to eat eggplant when it’s covered in melted cheese 🙂

    Fun fact for you teacher – over this side of the pond we call eggplant aubergine!

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      Lindsay

      Yes – I have, but I can’t remember what the Blucy is. I do remember that I tried the Jiffy Burger, though!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Seriously awesome pictures! I love eggplants but they are the one thing that boyfriend absolutely refuses to eat so I will have to make this as a sneaky supper for myself one night while he’s out. Love the combination of flavours!

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      Cal

      Kathryn, try sneaking it onto his plate in the subterfuged from of lasagna. Slice the eggplant (w/o skin this first tinme) thinly ona mandoline or with a sharp sknife (duh), in place or half and half with no boil lasagne noodles. Bet he’ll love it and ask for seconds. 😉

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    Sandi

    Hey, if a ten year old likes ’em…

    If you’ve been trying to read that book for a year, it may be time to move on to another book you’re more interested in 😉

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    Living The Sweet Life

    … these just made my monday a little better. what a fantastic recipe – – i love eggplant!! This to me is sort of a personalized take on an eggplant parmesan *yumm*

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    Soo @ Little Miss Fitness

    What a great way to use eggplant! Not that I’ve ever tried to make eggplant…but….. 🙂

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      Lindsay

      Soo, there’s a first time for everything. And my first time making eggplant was last week. So there.

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      Lindsay

      I’m not a super experienced or enthusiastic eggplant eater, so if I can love it, you can too! 🙂

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks awesome! Love the presentation and I’m a sucker for anything pizza-related–and this is much healthier too. Really liking the eggplant crust idea too. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

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    atef

    Experience and progress in the world food industry express to you with all my heart that you are privileged to success that I liked this dish

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    I am loving all your eggplant recipes. I have so many to use up from my garden right now. This is such a unique idea!

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    Yay! I have been searching online the past couple days for a recipe I could use my one eggplant in. This looks perfect! I’ll be making it within the next couple of days 🙂 Any suggestions for sides?

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    Roxanne

    I use my cell phone and it has a lovely harp tone that is so gentle and gets gradually louder, so it doesn’t freak me out…. LOL…. Even music shocks me in the am…. love the harp… I have an I-phone and found it on there for free…. 😀

    Recipe sounds amazing, am repinning it as a “turn it vegan” recipe, which just means using Daiya cheese [which melts in the broiler and oven, not quite so well on the stove…. don’t use a microwave, so can’t say how it does there… but it is totally deliciously yummy!!!! And a cool plus is that it stays “melted” even when cold!!! YAY!!!] in this case!!! Yum!!! Can’t wait to try it!!! And if I can manage it, gluten free bread crumbs… after having major joint and back pain for several decades, it is completely gone after giving up gluten…. mostly…. lol… I cheat if there is a good reason… life is for living, after all…. 😀