You know, I’m enjoying my life this summer.
John Daly’s have been abundant (that’s a spiked Arnold Palmer, by the way).
I’ve been to the beach regularly.
I have not gotten a SINGLE sunburn all season (Mom, how proud are you of me??). I should note that this is a significant fact considering that most of the year I am roughly the color of…translucent.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premieres next week. I cannot even begin to express how excited I am.
And I’ve been eating well. And sometimes (partially) for free.
Free eggplants shall not be squandered. Though, I sometimes find the task of assigning them a purpose a bit difficult.
So, whilst watching some Olympians dive syncronizedly into pools, I roasted them on my gas burner.
And then I made pizza! Kind of.
I topped some naan with some other stuff and stuck it in my toaster oven.
Because making dough from scratch and pre-heating my actual oven doesn’t actively make me jump for joy.
Smoky Eggplant Pizza
makes 4 mini pizzas
2 mini (or Japanese) eggplants
3 cloves garlic, more or less to taste
1/2 tsp olive oil
salt, to taste
4 pieces naan bread
4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese, or cheese of choice
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Cut off the top of the garlic cloves (leaving the rest of the peel in tact), drizzle with oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Place in oven and roast for 25-30 minutes until soft.
3. Rinse and dry eggplants. Place on a gas range or grill over medium heat (alternatively, pierce holes in the skin and roast with the garlic), rotating frequently until charred on all sides and very soft, about 20-25 minutes.
4. Allow eggplant to cool, scrape the flesh away from the skin and combine with garlic cloves (which should slip out of their peels easily) in a food processor. Pulse until it reaches your desired consistency.
5. Top naan with eggplant, then cheese and bake for 5-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown.
Because this is simple summer living and I can’t be bothered. I’ll work with what I’ve got, thankyouverymuch.
Even if I do cheat on the crust.