In multiple circumstances, human nature’s susceptibility toward curiosity bit me in the ass. If I were in a scary movie, I would die first. For example…
- Boys. I think the opposite sex bites many in the ass…
- Consistently moving with an undying desire to travel. A full wallet and any hopes of a professional career are still a little shaky. At least I do not own a dog.
Even so, without a drive toward curiosity, your life would not move forward. Occasionally, curiosity leads to grandiose failures! Failures that make you cry or even dread, leaving the house. But sooner or later, those failures become a memory. In terms of cooking, if humans did not sustain that annoying drive to experience unexplored sensations and experiences, we would all be eating Top Ramen and Easy Mac. Curiosity transforms cooking.
The first time I made eggplant, I gagged. In fact, I may have thrown up a little in my mouth. One bite and I threw the purple vegetable away. The eggplant was roasted with olive oil, lemon, and thyme. It required a few months before I introduce thyme back into my diet. Since my experience, eggplant has loomed as the purple plant of doom.
As I continue to walk past haunting vegetable in the produce section, my curiosity persuaded me to experiment with the plant, yet again! To do so, I baked pizza, using eggplant as the crust. This dish was made for a group of four and the entire pizza was eaten. Yes, I even played a part in the consumption! Curious Eggplant Pizza recipe is as follows…
Curious Eggplant Pizza
- 1 medium eggplant
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ cups chopped vegetables (I used tomato, bell pepper, artichoke hearts)
- 2 cups cooked ground beef
- 1 cup shredded goat cheese
Slice eggplant ¼” thick, horizontally. Cover slices lightly with salt. Wait 30 minutes. Rinse the salt off eggplant and pat dry.
Preheat oven to 425 F. Cover baking sheet with foil. Put cooling rack on top of baking sheet. Disperse the eggplant slices evenly on the cooling rack without overlapping.
Spread tomato sauce on eggplant slices. Add desired vegetables, beef, and cheese.Cook for 10-12 minutes or until edges brown.
Experiment with the vegetables or use olive oil instead of tomato sauce. I was so excited about the pizza that I forgot to take a picture. Therefore, the first image of the finished dish is “borrowed” from The Domestic Man! Thanks Domestic Man. I hope you can relate to my excitement. Satisfy your curiosity cravings with Curious Eggplant Pizza!