On August 15th, almost every food blogger online will be celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday. In memory of her, many of the food blogs online will highlight some of her extraordinary dishes that are not just very delicious and easy to make, but dishes that are made from the heart.
Here, I am going to share with you a perfect dish for every family – Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizza. This is one of the best recipes that vegetarians all over the world love.
Julia Child created a different twist to pizza. This Eggplant Pizza recipe is a great appetizer, or it can also be the perfect in between meal snack during the day. Below are the ingredients and cooking procedures to guide you.
- Eggplant (globe / 10 inches in length and about 9 oz)
- 2 T Olive oil
- 2 t seasoning (Italian)
- 1 T salt
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
- 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese (freshly grated)
For the Sauce:
- ¼ t dried oregano
- ½ t seasoning (Italian / dry)
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 3 pcs of finely minced large garlic cloves
- 3 t olive oil (extra virgin)
The first thing to do is to cut your eggplant in circles, with at least half an inch thickness for each. Place them on paper towels and add a sprinkle of salt, to release the extra liquid inside. Let it sit for a few minutes, and start preheating your oven to 375 degrees F.
You can now make your sauce. In a saucepan, sauté garlic in your olive oil. Add your diced tomatoes (with the juice), seasoning, and oregano, and simmer. Wait for your tomatoes to soften, and for the juice to thicken, making it perfect for spreading, once the eggplants are done.
Roast your eggplants. However, before doing this, you have to grease your eggplants with olive oil first, and add a generous amount of seasoning on top. Make sure that you are using a non-stick baking pan, to avoid sticking and damaging the flesh of the eggplant. Bake your eggplant slices for at least 25 minutes.
Once your eggplants are done baking, take the out of the oven, and spread your sauce on top. Add your cheeses (mozzarella and parmesan) on top, and place them back into the oven in a broiler setting. Broil your eggplant slices for at least 6 minutes, but do not over do it. You just need to heat them up a bit, to melt the cheese on top.
This Julia Child recipe for pizza is not just going to tickle your taste buds, but will also give you the privilege to eat delicious foods, without worrying too much about the high calories that you get from traditional pizzas. In fact, this recipe is incredibly great for people who are watching their diet.