Saturday, August 21, 2010

RECIPE FAVE: Pizza with Pesto, Eggplant & Tomatoes

Ingredient List

1 lb. whole wheat pizza crust

1/3 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbsp.)

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/4 cup firm tofu

1 Tbs. plus 5 tsp. olive oil

1 eggplants, stemmed and diced

2 medium-size tomato, seeded and diced

1/2-3/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 400F. Coat 12-inch pizza pan or baking sheet with cooking spray, and set crust in pan.

Toast pine nuts in dry skillet over medium-low heat 3 minutes, or until brown, stirring constantly.

Blend 1/4 cup basil, garlic, red pepper flakes and 2 1/2 Tbs. pine nuts in food processor until finely chopped. Add tofu and 1 Tbs. oil, and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tsp. oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of eggplant and cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until browned and tender, turning occasionally. Transfer to plate. Repeat with 1 tsp. oil and remaining eggplant slices.

Toss tomatoes with 1-2 tsp. oil in bowl. Brush crust with 2 tsp. oil. Spread pesto over crust. Scatter eggplant and tomatoes over pesto. Sprinkle with remaining pine nuts.

Bake 10 minutes. Sprinkle pizza with remaining basil and mozzarella.  Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.

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