Individual Greek Pizzas

Individual Greek Pizzas |

Ah, eggplant! That gorgeous globe of a vegetable – shaded in the beautiful color of deep purple – my daughter’s favorite color….but not any of my daughters’ favorite vegetable. In fact eggplant is one of the few veggies for which we still have the one-bite rule.

“Yes, you need to take just one bite (no matter how small) of eggplant.”

I’ve tried it with noodles, breaded and baked into “fries” and even into eggplant mini pizza bites…to no avail.

Until now.

This pizza recipe had them asking for “more eggplant please!”

Individual Greek Pizzas |

I actually followed this simple Mediterranean-influenced recipe for Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita “Pizzas” from Cooking Light, but instead of using hummus as the sauce for the ‘pizza,’ I made the classic Greek eggplant dip baba gahnosh. I also used more kid-sizedsandwich rounds‘ instead of pita breads. And venison (from my freezer) is a classic substitution for lamb, but ground beef or turkey/chicken would work too.

So to (hopefully) get your kids or husband or anyone to enjoy eggplant, try this Cooking Light recipe but instead of hummus, use my version of eggplant baba gahnosh below. (Yes, in case you’re wondering, peanut butter is a delicious and kid-friendly sub for the classic tahini.)

Baba Ghanoush for Individual Greek Pizzas

Makes About 6 servings

Serving Size: 2-3 tablespoons


  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or more to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Pierce eggplant several times with a fork; place on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until tender. Cut eggplant in half. Scoop out pulp and roughly chop; discard skins.
  3. Place eggplant and remaining ingredients in a food processor; pulse until smooth, scraping down sides as needed.

Do you like eggplant? How do you cook eggplant to get your family…or yourself to eat it?

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  1. I adore eggplant. I love it chargrilled and doused with olive oil – not the healthiest, but so delicious. these look great too!
    Sarah | The Sugar Hit recently posted..Sunday Supplements: FIRST EDITION!My Profile

  2. When desperate…make pizza! Pretty good words to live by when it comes to kids. Plus, I wouldn’t mind eating a few of these!
    Joanne recently posted..Eggplant MykonosMy Profile

    • How’d you know Joanne. All I have to do is say ‘pizza’ and the kids are excited…but they do know me well enough to know pizza doesn’t just mean Canadian bacon & cheese!

  3. It took a long time for eggplant to win my boyfriend’s heart, but I think if I put this on a pizza, he would’ve come around much faster! This sounds delicious.
    Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies recently posted..Sweet and Peppery BBQ SauceMy Profile

  4. Love Baba Ganoush, and glad you got your kiddos to eat it :-). Ever since I made my pizza with grilled eggplant, I’ve been eating a lot more of it than I used too. I have the exact same kitchen towel BTW-first thing I noticed when I saw your post :-)
    EA Stewart recently posted..Pretty in Pink Veggie SmoothieMy Profile

  5. So impressed you got your little ones to eat eggplant! It’s definitely a “grown up veggie”. These look delicious.
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy recently posted..Tabbouleh with Wheat Berries and HerbsMy Profile

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