Eggplant Pizza for your Snow Day

22 Jan

I wrote once about the major MamaKef nostalgia I get in the fall; today’s recipe harkens back to my very favorite snow day traditions.

To start this story, it should be noted that MamaKef lives in perpetual fear of weather. I have never in my life made mention of a future travel plan that did not elicit a meterological warning from my mother. If it’s November-March, I have to watch out for ice. If it’s March-November, I have to monitor travel alerts for hurricane warnings.  That the Weather Channel broadcasts the local weather on the 8’s is a moot point, as it is the station we tune into permanently if the forecast even hints at clouds. For years, a woman JetSet Kef and I both worked for could do a spot-on impression of MamaKef calling the store where we worked and warning us about the day’s impending doom. Thank God all these newfangled named winter storms, Derechos, and Arctic Blasts didn’t exist while I was in high school, or I might never have made it out of the house at all.

Okay so how does this tie into anything you care about? It doesn’t really, but there’s snow on the ground and about 60% of my conversations with my mother in the winter are about snow, and I love my mom… so somehow we wound up here.

ANYWAY, whenever we had snow days (which, for the record, was not with nearly the same frequency as these whipper snappers get today), MamaKef would always, always, allllways make us English muffin pizzas. You know what I’m talking about:

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Note: not from an actual Kef Kitchen. I did not grow up in a Real Simple magazine.

Mmhmm. Talk about the perfect day off: sledding and snow fun in the morning, and then inside to find MamaKef preheating the oven for these delicious medallions. Once we had our pizzas cooking, it was straight to the living room for a CBS soap opera marathon.  The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless  never did anything for me–who really cared about Victor Newman?– but I endured them just to get to As the World Turns. To this day, a snowy, cold morning + any bread product in the toaster= ChefKef searching for the nooks and crannies covered in tomato sauce and hoping beyond hope that today is the day Holden and Lily Grimaldi get back together for good.

You know what? While we’re down the rabbit hole of Memory Lane, let’s give it up for the ORIGINAL Holden and Lily:

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These two really were so very far superior to the corn-fed couple from Iowa CBS found to replace them.

Okay, enough reminiscing about this guy who somehow got from Malta to Oakdale and came back from the dead a few times–let’s talk about some food. Sadly, I no longer eat English muffins, but my mom posted a link to these bread-less mini pizzas a few weeks ago and I’ve been just WAITING for a snow day to make them.  (See! All roads back lead to my mom. Let’s just hope they were well salted and plowed.)

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How brilliant is this? Sliced EGGPLANT as the pizza base? What in the hell will people think of next? We are living in the future, people. This absolutely could not be easier: just slice your eggplant, grease it up, cover in sauce and cheese, and cook. These are best served while watching Hulu reruns of soap operas.

Eggplant Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into half-inch slices
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 c tomato sauce
  • cheese of your choice
  • basil, spices, or whatever toppings you like on your pizza

Assembly

1. Preheat oven to 425F. Put a wire cooling rack into a large rimmed baking pan. Arrange the eggplant slices on the wire rack- they can touch but must be in a single layer.

2. Brush the eggplant slices with olive oil (each one just needs a light coating). If you’re using any spices, throw some on now. Bake slices for 10 minutes.

3. Remove eggplant from oven, spread sauce, cheese, and toppings over eggplant. Careful not to make them too heavy or the slices will fall between the wire slats.

4. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted to your liking.

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  1. Eggplant Pizza for Your Snow Day | Cooking Up Kefi - January 26, 2015

    […] people for whom meteorologists are predicting impending doom, here’s a CuK throwback — eggplant pizza! Grain free and awesome– served with a side of 90s […]

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