Eggplant Arugula Pizza

Pizza is undoubtedly a classic American favorite.  Often even the smallest of towns have a mom and pop pizza joint, whipping up pies to feed the insatiable pizza appetites of locals.  There’s just something about the simple combination of lighty, airy dough, rich cheese, and fresh toppings that makes pizza a timeless treat.

While finding a slice typically isn’t too hard, making your own pie guarantees a great time.  After a little fun in the kitchen, a crowd-pleasing, homemade pizza, topped with any ingredient of your desire, can be in your hands in less than an hour.

The following recipe revamps pizza into an adult version, loaded with quality ingredients and a ton of flavor.  Starring a variety of fresh, flavorful ingredients, you won’t even notice that the crust holding these toppings is whole wheat.  For pizza crust connoisseurs, well, feel free to ditch the healthier crust and stick with you own favorite dough recipe.  Either way, get ready for the show full of taste rocking out on top.

Eggplant Arugula Pizza
-1 large eggplant, cut into 1/4 – 1/3 inch slices
– 3 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 loosely packed cup arugula
– 1 cup asiago cheese, grated
– 1/4 cup fresh gorgonzola, crumbled
– 3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing/drizzling
– 1 tsp. lemon juice
-1 16-ounce ball whole wheat pizza dough
– Salt and pepper, to taste

Place eggplant on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.  Brush both sides with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Place on top rack of oven, and broil 4-8 minutes on each side, until golden brown and tender.

Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a small saute pan.  Add garlic, and saute until golden.

Preheat oven 450F.  Spread rolled out pizza dough onto a lightly greased circular pizza pan.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Sprinkle asiago cheese across entire crust.  Cover with baked eggplant and sliced tomato, overlapping the slices around the dough.  Sprinkle garlic on top.

Place pizza back in oven and bake 8 minutes.  Meanwhile, toss arugula with 2 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and salt and pepper, to taste.

Remove pizza from oven.  Add arugula and crumbled gorgonzola.  Return to oven and bake another 3-5 minutes, until arugula just begins to wilt.  Serve.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    theexperfectionist
    October 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

    This looks fabulous. I love homemade pizza.

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    marla {family fresh cooking}
    October 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Such a beautiful rustic pizza – love the stronger gorgonzola cheese! Pretty pictures too 🙂 xo

  • Reply
    Simply Life
    October 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    oh what a great idea for pizza – yum!

  • Reply
    Andrea@WellnessNotes
    October 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I LOVE arugula on a pizza! Your pizza is going on “my list!” 🙂

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    Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    October 21, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I love using different types of cheese for pizza…gorgonzola is so delicious!
    I recently made an eggplant type pizza. It was the best addition to pizza, im telling ya!

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    The Candid RD
    October 22, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Sounds marvelous!!! I have never tried eggplant on a pizza. What a great idea. I love eggplant. Thanks for the recipe (I can use oat bran flour instead …. I’ve used it before with pizza and it’s worked perfectly!).

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    Peggy
    October 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things! This definitely looks like a killer combination!

  • Reply
    melindard
    October 22, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Looks like a great flavor combo. We make homemade pizza all the time.

  • Reply
    Nicole
    October 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

    YUM! What a combo! I am loving arugula lately! I don’t like it cooked, but I like it raw on top of pizza…so yummy! That’s the only change I would make…and then perfect for me and my I-hate-soggy-leafs-of-anything self 🙂

    Have a great weekend, hun!

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    Angela (the diet book junkie)
    October 25, 2010 at 6:44 am

    that is one good looking pizza. i’ve been trying to think of ways to get the husband to eat eggplant, maybe this is it! (fingers crossed!!)

  • Reply
    I Heart Veggie Food
    November 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I keep saying the same thing.. but this looks soo good.

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