If you store at a farmers market, or just love shopping for all of the summer time produce on the grocery, you’ve in all probability discovered your self in an all-too-familiar state of affairs come July: there are eggplants in your fridge, and you don’t know what to do with them. Well, get excited as a result of beginning now, this wholesome flatbread pizza recipe might be your reply.
I began making this recipe final summer time once I was confronted with an analogous eggplant glut. I had some good bread (we had been in Malibu, the place I’m by no means and not using a loaf of Gjusta sourdough), a container of entire milk ricotta, and some contemporary tomatoes from the farm…and this recipe was born. It was ridiculously good, and I’ve made numerous iterations since. Since I’m all the time on the hunt for a straightforward wholesome pizza recipe, it was solely a matter of time till that excellent ingredient combo made their means from toast to crust.
For me, the right summer time meals has to examine just a few bins—fast meeting, little or no cooking, and main reward on the flavour scale. This wholesome flatbread pizza recipe can be piled excessive with veggies, plus a strong enhance of protein within the type of ricotta, making it a summer time dish that feels pretty much as good because it tastes. Read on for the recipe…
What’s the difference between flatbread and pizza?
This is actually a hot debate among people who actually care (lol), so I’ll break down the general pizza versus flatbread opinions here. Many foodies say that the main difference is that pizza is made with a yeasted dough that yields that puffy, chewy texture. Flatbread, on the other hand, is typically unleavened, with a thin, super-crispy texture.
Almost every culture in the world has some type of flatbread, whereas pizza is a wholly Italian invention. Think roti, naan, and tortillas. However, some flatbreads (like pita) use some yeast, and actually do puff up with a more pillowy texture. And technically, pizza is a type of flatbread itself, so I’m using the term “flatbread pizza” as an umbrella, since you could use just about any of the aforementioned flatbread bases to bring this to life. We just happen to be using pizza crust here.
What type of crust to use for a healthy flatbread pizza recipe
The beautiful thing about this recipe is that you can use countless types of flatbread as your base. I’ve made this on naan (delicious), and it would be great on pita. Use your homemade pizza dough and roll it out thin, or do as I did here and buy par-baked individual pizza crusts that you can top and throw in the oven (or on the grill!) And don’t forget that this healthy flatbread pizza recipe was originally born as toast—so feel free to grill some sourdough and use these toppings for a perfect summer dinner for one.
How to prepare eggplant for pizza
If you’ve ever googled “how to prepare eggplant,” you likely got all kinds of complicated instructions about salting the eggplant and letting it drain to remove the bitterness. Well, my hot take is that is all completely unnecessary. With a liberal toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper, your eggplant should lose all its bitterness in the cooking process—the key is that you just need to cook it really thoroughly so that it’s golden brown and crispy on the outside, and completely chewy and cooked through on the inside.
For this recipe, we really want that charred flavor, so you can either pop it under the broiler (as I do in the recipe below), or toss it on the grill and cook over indirect heat until cooked through. I love to make extra eggplant and use the rest in salads or sandwiches the next day—its meaty texture is perfect for a plant-based meal.
Scroll on for the recipe for this healthy flatbread pizza recipe with eggplant and ricotta, and don’t forget to leave a comment and rating if you give it a try!