How to Make Mini Eggplant Pizza (Gluten Free!)

The Best Gluten Free Eggplant Pizza

If you are looking for a great gluten free pizza recipe that doesn’t require much work with crust then this eggplant pizza recipe is what you need! Eggplant serves as a flavorful and delicious pizza base with tomato pizza sauce, basil, and Irish cheddar cheese as toppings.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Flavor. Salty roasted eggplant pairs beautifully with sour garlicky pizza sauce, fresh basil, and strong Irish cheddar cheese. You will be surprised how good they all taste together!

Texture. Eggplant melts in your mouth and the skins are so soft that you don’t need to put any extra effort into breaking or chewing them. Perfectly spread out pizza sauce, basil and cheese complement each other not only in flavor but in texture in every bite!

Easy to make. This recipe is so easy to make that you will want to bake this eggplant pizza for your next guest’s dinner! The whole dish comes together in less than one hour, yet, looks like it took you two!

Substitutes and Swaps

Vegan Eggplant Pizza

Substitute cheese for vegan cheese!

Dairy Free Eggplant Pizza

Substitute cheese for vegan cheese.

Tomato Pizza Sauce

You can make any other pizza sauce that you like! Use pesto, garlic with olive oil, and you can even try mayo. However, I haven’t tried making this recipe with other pizza sauces.

Toppings

If you want to upgrade your eggplant pizza, try other toppings like sausage, salami, olives, mushrooms, and other ingredients you really like on your regular pizza!

Ingredients for Eggplant Pizza

iNGREDIENTS FOR EGGPLANT PIZZA

How to Make Eggplant Pizza

Step 1 – Prepare the eggplant

First, you need to get your eggplant pizza crust ready! All you need to do is to slice the eggplant into 1-1.5cm thick round slices and rub them with salt. Place the eggplant slices onto a cooling rack and let them sweat for about 30 minutes. The liquid will start coming out of the eggplant which you will need to wipe with a kitchen towel once 30 minutes are up. Extra salt is also going to be wiped away along with the water! So, don’t be scared to salt your eggplant abundantly for this stage.

Step 2 – Make the pizza sauce

Place the canned tomatoes, oregano, roughly chopped garlic, and olive oil into a bowl and puree it with a stick blender (or use a stand-alone blender). Once all ingredients are pureed and incorporated your delicious pizza sauce is ready!

Step 3 – Prepare the rest of the ingredients

While your eggplant is still sweating you can chop the fresh basil and grate the cheese. Once done, set aside.

Tip: use a salad spinner to dry off the basil leaves after washing them.

Step 4 – Bake the eggplant pizza

Once the eggplant is done sweating and you wiped off the water with salt, place the eggplant onto a greased sheet pan and rub it with olive oil. Sprinkle some oregano onto each slice and bake the eggplant at 400F/200C for about 15 minutes. Once done, top the eggplant slices with the tomato pizza sauce, chopped basil, and cheddar on top. Switch the oven to broil and place the eggplant back for another 5 minutes. When the cheese has completely melted you know your eggplant pizza is done! Let the eggplant pizza bites cool and enjoy them right away!

Baked Gluten Free Eggplant Pizza

Tips for Success

Don’t cut your eggplant too thin or the slices won’t hold at the end. If you are not sure, rather go for a thicker slice.

Be generous with the eggplant pizza toppings. The more sauce, oregano, basil, and cheese, the better!

Don’t skip the sweating step. If your eggplant has too much liquid it will become mushy and take away from the experience!

– In the original eggplant pizza by Julia Child she used mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses for the topping. In my version, I use Irish Cheddar but you are welcome to try other types of cheeses!

– You can try making this eggplant pizza in an air fryer! An air fryer will take more time than an oven because an air fryer simply doesn’t fit as much. Also, the air fryer won’t give you the same roasting and churn as the oven would but if you really want to use the air fryer for this recipe do let us know how it turned out!

Gluten Free Roasted Eggplant Pizza on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Have to Peel Eggplant Before Frying?

You don’t need to peel eggplant for this recipe. The skin is going to soften during the baking process and will be very easy to chew!

Can You Eat the Skin of the Purple Eggplant?

Yes, absolutely!

How to Make Eggplant Taste Good?

Make this delicious roasted eggplant pizza! Or try this finger-licking eggplant pasta recipe! Don’t forget to sweat your eggplant to get the bitterness out and decrease the mushiness of the end result.

Is Eggplant High in Carbs?

Eggplant is rather low in carbs! For comparison, 1 pound of eggplant contains fewer carbs than 2 slices of bread.

How to Make Eggplant Less Bitter?

Rub your eggplant slices with salt and leave them on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes. Liquids will start coming out of the eggplant which will decrease the bitterness of the end result. However, if your eggplant has black seeds it means that you should rather get yourself some fresh eggplant as the one with black seeds is nonredeemable and will be bitter no matter what you do.

Do You Have to Salt Eggplant for This Recipe?

You will be better off by salting your eggplant and letting it get rid of the liquids instead of eating a mushy piece of eggplant pizza. However, if you are very low on time you may bake your eggplants without the sweating step.

Can You Make Good Pizza with Eggplant?

You can put eggplant on a pizza crust and make great pizza (depending on what other ingredients you will add, of course). But if you are looking for an easy gluten free eggplant pizza option then this recipe’s low-carb pizza crust is the best option for you! Just use eggplant for your pizza base.

Will Salting the Eggplant Make It Too Salty?

You will wipe the excess salt with the water that is released from the eggplant after it is done sweating. So, no, your eggplant is not going to be too salty.

Gluten Free Roasted Eggplant Pizza on a plate.

Mini Eggplant Pizzas

Gluten free low carb easy pizza recipe with eggplant and tomato sauce!
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, pizza
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 people
Calories 180 kcal

Ingredients
  

For Pizza Crust

  • 2 medium-large eggplants
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for rubbing onto the eggplant slices
  • 3 tbsp oregano to slightly cover each eggplant slice

Tomato Sauce

  • 240 grams (⅔ of a13 ounce can) tomatoes crushed/whole/chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp salt

Toppings

  • tomato sauce ingredients above
  • 1 cup grated cheese cheddar/parmesan
  • cup fresh basil add more to taste

Instructions
 

  • First, you need to get your eggplant pizza crust ready! All you need to do is to slice the eggplant into 1-1.5cm thick round slices and rub them with salt. Place the eggplant slices onto a cooling rack and let them sweat for about 30 minutes. The liquid will start coming out of the eggplant which you will need to wipe with a kitchen towel once 30 minutes are up. Extra salt is also going to be wiped away along with the water! So, don’t be scared to salt your eggplant abundantly for this stage.
  • Place the canned tomatoes, oregano, roughly chopped garlic, and olive oil into a bowl and puree it with a stick blender (or use a stand-alone blender). Once all ingredients are pureed and incorporated your delicious pizza sauce is ready!
  • While your eggplant is still sweating you can chop the fresh basil and grate the cheese. Once done, set aside.
  • Once the eggplant is done sweating and you wiped off the water with salt, place the eggplant onto a greased sheet pan and rub it with olive oil. Sprinkle some oregano onto each slice and bake the eggplant at 400F/200C for about 15 minutes. Once done, top the eggplant slices with the tomato pizza sauce, chopped basil, and cheddar on top. Switch the oven to broil and place the eggplant back for another 5 minutes. When the cheese has completely melted you know your eggplant pizza is done! Let the eggplant pizza bites cool and enjoy them right away!

Notes

– Don’t cut your eggplant too thin or the slices won’t hold at the end. If you are not sure, rather go for a thicker slice.
– Be generous with the eggplant pizza toppings. The more sauce, oregano, basil, and cheese, the better!
– Don’t skip the sweating step. If your eggplant has too much liquid it will become mushy and take away from the experience!
– In the original eggplant pizza by Julia Child she used mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses for the topping. In my version, I use Irish Cheddar but you are welcome to try other types of cheeses!
– You can try making this eggplant pizza in an air fryer! An air fryer will take more time than an oven because an air fryer simply doesn’t fit as much. Also, the air fryer won’t give you the same roasting and churn as the oven would but if you really want to use the air fryer for this recipe do let us know how it turned out!
Keyword Eggplant pizza, Gluten Free eggplant pizza

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