Pizza night just got bumped up a few levels... This incredible homemade pizza recipe takes a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern twist with the addition of homemade baba ganoush, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese. Make the baba ganoush from scratch (it’s quick and easy!) and use store-bought pizza crust to save yourself some time. Serve individual slices as an afternoon snack or unique appetizer or prepare a few pizzas for a full family dinner!
ForBaba Ganoush 1 medium eggplant, peeled ¼ cup olive oil + 2 tablespoons for brushing ¼ cup tahini paste 2 tablespoons Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar 1 teaspoon garlic, minced ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
For Pizza 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 premade 12” pizza crust 1 cup baba ganoush 1 cup tricolor cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cup crumbled feta cheese 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1-2 cups baby arugula
Preheat gas grill to medium-high or 425-450ºF heat for 10 minutes. Peel and slice eggplant into 8 pieces and brush with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Place on grill and grill for 3 minutes. Turn and grill 3 minutes longer. Remove eggplant from the grill and let cool on a tray for 5 minutes.
Add eggplant to a food processor and pulse to break into small pieces. Add remaining ingredients for baba ganoush to food processor. Pulse until a mostly smooth consistency.
Brush 1 tablespoon of olive oil on both sides of pizza crust. Place on grill and grill for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and spread baba ganoush on crust. Top with tomatoes, feta cheese, oregano and drizzle with remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Return to grill and continue to grill for 7-8 minutes.
Cool crust for 5 minutes. Top with baby arugula and slice into 6-8 slices. Enjoy hot.