Fall in love with the hybrid of two European classics—French ratatouille and Italian pizza.
12 ounces refrigerated fresh pizza dough
1 red bell pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed eggplant
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 cup thinly sliced zucchini rounds
1 cup thinly sliced yellow squash rounds
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/2 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon cornmeal
3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces
3/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion rings
1/2 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
1/3 cup torn fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
How to Make It
Remove dough from refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature, covered, for 30 minutes.
Preheat broiler to high.
Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 12 minutes or until blackened. Wrap pepper in foil; close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips.
Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Heat oven to 500° (keep stone or sheet in oven as it preheats).
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add eggplant; sauté 3 minutes. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Remove eggplant mixture from pan; set aside. Add zucchini, squash, and oregano to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Remove zucchini mixture from pan; set aside.
Combine marinara and vinegar.
Roll dough into a 14-inch circle. Pierce liberally with a fork. Remove stone from oven. Sprinkle cornmeal on stone. Place dough on stone; bake at 500° for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Spread marinara mixture over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border; top with half of mozzarella. Arrange zucchini mixture over cheese. Top with remaining mozzarella, eggplant mixture, peppers, and onion rings. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake 10 minutes or until crust is done. Top with basil and crushed red pepper. Cut into 8 wedges.
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We actually thought the balsamic vinegar overpowered the sauce. And the veggies made the crust a bit soggy in the middle. For the amount of work, I'm not sure I'd make this one again. But I'm glad I tried it.
Absoltely delicious! Used a whole wheat crust and baked it in a pizza pan rather than the stone, cooking it at 375 for 15 minutes. Could have left it in for a few more minutes to increase crispiness of the crust. The flavor of the toppings is superb, and the balsamic mixed in with the marinara adds a subtle, rich flavor. Will make this one again for sure.