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Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas (Video)

I love this recipe for Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas made on a base of roasted eggplant. The eggplant pizzas are low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free,  and meatless; use Eggplant Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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If you’re interested in food, you must have heard that August 15 would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday. I was honored to be one of the bloggers asked to share thoughts of Julia in a tribute written for PBS Food, and my friend Lydia completely captured why food bloggers want to honor Julia in her post on Six Lessons I Learned About Food Blogging from Julia Child.

Julia was known for her appreciation of bread, butter, and wine, so when you’re writing a blog focused on carb-conscious cooking, finding a suitable Julia Child recipe that will appeal to your readers can be a challenge.  That’s why I was so excited to find these Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas in From Julia Child’s Kitchen, my one and only Julia Child cookbook.  This recipe illustrates perfectly how Julia was ahead of her time with this low-carb, gluten-free, vegetarian, and low-glycemic pizza.

(This recipe is part of the Cook for Julia project that’s part of the celebration at PBS Food.  Thanks for the inspiration Julia, and also for showing us that cooking gourmet food at home was not only possible, but also a lot of fun.  Check below for links to other blog posts featuring recipes from Julia.)

I must confess that even though the inspiring recipe was Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas, I did make a few minor changes in the recipe.  I cut the eggplant slightly thicker than Julia said and also roasted them uncovered rather than covered with foil. I also used some thinly sliced fresh basil on the pizzas, a change I am sure Julia would approve of. Other than that, the recipe is really quite close to Julia’s version.

Julia Child's Eggplant Pizzas found on KalynsKitchen.com

For this recipe you’ll need a globe eggplant, about 9 inches long.  (The one I had weighed about 1/2 pound.) Cut the eggplant in slices about 3/4 inch thick, trying hard to make them all the same thickness. Then lay the eggplant slices on a double layer of paper towels and salt generously to draw out the water. (Julia says this is “to  remove excess moisture and puckery quality.”)

While the eggplant sits, make the sauce.  Start by cooking a generous amount of garlic in olive oil. Then add a can of good quality petite dice tomatoes (or 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes), dried Italian seasoning, and dried oregano. Let the sauce simmer, adding a tablespoon or two of water whenever it seems dry. After 30 minutes, you can see the liquid that’s released from the eggplant.  Blot eggplant dry with paper towels (this also wipes off the excess salt.)

Julia Child's Eggplant Pizzas found on KalynsKitchen.com

Brush the eggplant with oil, sprinkle with dried herbs, and roast at 375F/190C for about 25 minutes.  (Julia says “not so long that the slices become mushy and lose their shape.”) While the eggplant roasts, thinly slice fresh basil (if using) and measure out the mozzarella.  (I mixed together mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.)

Here’s how the eggplant looks after it’s roasted for 25 minutes. Divide the sauce mixture among the eggplant pieces and top each with some sliced basil. Then top each one with a generous amount of cheese. Put pizzas under the broiler, just until the cheese is melted and serve.

Julia Child's Eggplant Pizzas found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Meal:

Julia suggested this as a first course or side dish, but I ate it as the main dish, with a Summer Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Herbs on the side.

More Recipes from Julia Child by Food Bloggers:

Chocolate Chip Spice Pound Cake for Julia Child’s Birthday from The Perfect Pantry
Julia Child’s Eggplant Gratin from Andrea Meyers
Julia Child’s Puree of White Beans with Garlic and Herbs from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Julia Child’s Perfect Chocolate Mousse from David Lebovitz
Julia Child’s Chocolate Almond Cake from Apron Strings
Julia Child’s Spaghetti Marco Polo from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Julia Child’s Croissants and Quick Blackberry Jam from Barbara Bakes
Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon from Simply Recipes
French Pistou Sauce in Honor of Julia Child from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Julia Child’s Cheese Souffle from Culinary Types

Julia Child's Eggplant Pizzas

I love this recipe for Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas made on a base of roasted eggplant.

Ingredients:

  • 1 globe eggplant, about 8 ounces and 9-10 inches long
  • about 1 T salt, for drawing water out of eggplant
  • about 2 T olive oil, for brushing eggplant before roasting
  • about 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, for sprinkling on eggplant before roasting
  • 10 large basil leaves, cut in chiffonade strips (optional)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup finely grated mozzarella
  • hot red pepper flakes for sprinkling finished pizza (optional)

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2-3 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) good quality petite diced tomatoes with liquid (or use 2 cups peeled and diced fresh tomatoes)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano (use Greek or Turkish oregano)

Directions:

  1. Cut off both ends of the eggplant; then cut it into 3/4 inch thick slices (trying to make them the same thickness!)  Put the eggplant pieces on a double layer of paper towels and sprinkle both sides generously with salt.  Let the eggplant sit with the salt on it for about 30 minutes to draw out the liquid.  (After the eggplant sits for 15 minutes, turn on the oven to 375F/190C.)
  2. While the eggplant sits, make the sauce.  Heat 2-3 tsp. olive oil (depending on your pan) and saute the finely chopped garlic just until it becomes fragrant.  (Don’t let it brown.)  Add the petite diced tomatoes, dried Italian seasoning, and dried oregano and let the sauce cook at a low simmer until it’s thickened, breaking up the tomatoes with a fork as it cooks.  (Add water as needed, a few tablespoons at a time as the sauce cooks, keeping it hot by simmering at very low heat until it’s needed for the eggplant slices.)
  3. After 30 minutes, wipe the eggplant dry with paper towels (this also removes most of the salt.)  Spray a roasting sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray, lay eggplant slices on, brush the tops of the eggplant with olive oil, and sprinkle with dried Italian seasoning.
  4. Roast the eggplant about 25 minutes (but “not so long that the slices become mushy and lose their shape” as Julia says.)
  5. While the eggplant roasts, thinly slice the fresh basil leaves (if using) and combined freshly grated Parmesan and low-fat mozzarella blend.  After 25 minutes or when eggplant pieces are done, remove eggplant from the oven and turn oven setting to broil.  Spread a few tablespoons of sauce on the top of each eggplant slice, sprinkle with thin basil slices (if using) and top with a generous amount of cheese.
  6. Put pizzas under the broiler until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.  (This took 6-7 minutes for me, but I was using a toaster oven and in a more powerful broiler it would probably only take a few minutes.)  Serve hot, with red pepper flakes to sprinkle on pizza if desired.

Notes:

This recipe adapted from one found in From Julia Child’s Kitchen.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
I’m quite sure that Julia Child didn’t care about low-carb eating or the South Beach Diet, but nevertheless these low-carb eggplant pizzas are a great choice for any phase of South Beach and also for low-carb, Keto, and low-glycemic eating plans.

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146 comments on “Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas (Video)”

  1. Simplesmente amei todas essas receitas! com certeza irei fazelas

  2. When I made it it came out incredibly soggy. Any recommendations of where I went wrong?

    • I don’t think eggplant will ever be crisp unless you have some kind of coating like breadcrumbs that will crisp up when it’s fried. That said, if it was really soggy I’d guess you either didn’t let enough water ooze out, didn’t blot off the water well enough, or cooked it at too low of a temperature. Hard for me to say exactly.

  3. I read some comments about the salt not drawing enough liquid out and making it too salty. Do you think you could use dry rice to draw the liquid out instead? I might try this. 

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  5. Just made these and they are delicious and turned out perfect!

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  7. Julia is a genius for making these. They look so cute and delicious!

  8. I did try it it’s so yummy trying to lose wait so I will put this in my diet menu !! 😋

  9. Wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing.

  10. I found your recipe on pinterest, of course! They are delicious, so delicious! And not difficult to make at all.

  11. Tried these and they were delicious! I didn’t have the fresh basil on hand but we enjoyed very bite ! It was hard not to eat them all. 
    Thank you 🤗

  12. I love eggplant anything, I can’t believe I haven’t see this recipe before. I made these lovely eggplant pizzas last weekend and everyone in my family loved them. A+++

  13. So glad you enjoyed it! And shortcuts are always fine with me! It’s the flavor that matters.

  14. Just made this. Trying to use up the garden eggplant harvest.  These are delicious. Took a shortcut by using our favorite upscale marinara instead of making the sauce, and topped the eggplant with a garden tomato slice before adding the sauce and cheeses. Thank you!!

  15. Your recipe says you can use 2 cups of fresh diced tomatoes, but the printer-friendly version says 3 cups. Which amount do you recommend?

  16. Does it hold up to being picked up by hand and eaten or is it too soft and flimsy and needs a fork and knife? Looks delicious.

  17. Glad you like it; hope you enjoy!

  18. Wow So creative! Thank you again!

  19. Adorei esta pizza! Gostosa e saudável!

  20. We live in Ecuador and its not always easy to have special diets in a foreign country, and my daughter is gluten free, so she misses pizza. Your recipe seemed like a great alternative, so i tried it out. We really enjoyed it. Thank you so much. I made a few alterations since we live in Ecuador, check out it out http://4000miles.com/gluten-free-pizza/ Thanks so much!!

  21. I mad this recipe last night, followed the recipe as written (except I didn't have fresh basil)– it was DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. The baking time for this recipe is too long at 375. Followed recipe exactly except removed from oven at 20" instead of 25" yet eggplant was very mushy. I checked other recipes for sliced eggplant calling for less baking time and temperature. And factor in the time under broiler, no wonder it was mushy.

    • I don't think cooked eggplant can ever be described as "firm" and lots of things will affect the cooking time like the thickness of the eggplant, how hot your oven is, and the ripeness of the eggplant. But if you prefer less-cooked eggplant, by all means make that adjustment. However, as you can see from the comments, a lot of people have enjoyed it as written.

  23. I tried my hand with these pizza. My family that was expecting the regular pizza was like HUH? Was a bit bland for us but ok. Thanks a lot this has me thinking of more options.

  24. We had this for dinner tonight and I did it a little different. I had a ton of store bought past sauce, so I used that and 1 slice of pepperoni to each eggplant. My nine year old ate it up!

  25. Do these reheat well? Should I do the oven or the microwave?

    • Truthfully I've never had many left over to reheat, but I would just reheat them in the microwave. They are definitely best freshly cooked, so I usually just make as many as we will eat.

  26. To unknown. Try this. When salting eggplant, use a very, VERY, small amount of Kosher salt. Salt one side only and press between double layers of paper towels. Use only a reasonable amount of weight. I use a normal frying pan with just enough water in it to give it a little weight. If using a cast iron……DON'T add anything. Leave it pressed half the amount of time recommended and make your slices a little thicker than recommended. Trust me. You do not have to get the eggplant completely drained. I have run into the same problem and am on a very low sodium diet. So, I understand where you are coming from. This dish grills quite well, also

  27. I wiped like crazy but the eggplant still ended up too salty… like an entire dinner ruined and we're eating granola bars instead salty. Short of rinsing off the salt (thereby defeating the purpose of salting them in the first place) I am not sure how to rid them of excess salt.

    • The water that oozes out should wash away the salt from the surface, making it easy to wipe off. Not sure why that didn't happen for you.

    • I had the same problem with too salty. The water did ooze out but didn't get rid of enough salt taste. We took the tops off and are going to make a hamburger and put the sauce and cheese on top. Hated to waste the entire meal. Next time I will use a lot less salt. otherwise everything else was good.

    • I can't figure out why wiping the eggplant with a paper towel isn't wiping off the excess salt for you guys, but glad you could salvage it.

  28. Yum. Another vege based pizza recipe to add to my growing collection. I am not interested in gluten free, but carb control. I am glad to find your blog. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Glad you enjoyed the eggplant pizzas. It's fun hearing from someone in Turkey; I traveled there in 2015!

  30. Hello! This is AMAZING!!! I don't know how many times I did and every time it's perfect. I shared on my blog, it's turkish and I added your link. But if you don't want, I can also delete the entry. Up to you. Thank you very much again!
    http://niluferustuner.blogspot.com.tr/2015/12/patlcan-pizza.html

  31. I made this dish just as instructed, with the exception of the basil, and only because I didn't have any, or I would have loaded it up. It was easy and it was delicious. Only word of advice is to, as instructed, slice the eggplant at least 3/4" thick to be sure it holds up to the roasting. Next time I make this dish I think I'll add mushrooms and olives. Gave me my pizza fix without the carbs!

  32. Just wow! Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes on this amazing blog. Thanks to you, i have been able to successfully keep going on the south beach diet.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  33. In process of making these but wondering what I can do with the leftovers…one person can eat only so much at a sitting… Freeze? Chop it up and make it more of a casserole?

  34. These eggplant pizzas look delicious! Another idea for meatless dinners. Thank you!

  35. WOW! This was so tasty!! Totally making it again and absolutely "guest worthy" 🙂 I thought it was a tad salty but I could have over-done it with the salt in the beginning step. Thanks for a good meal recipe!!!

  36. I really enjoyed making and eating this pizza. I like it better with out the skin but it is just as good with it. Thanks for coming up with an alternative since I have been trying to cut the carbs.

  37. What do you do about the bitter taste of the skin?

  38. These are awesome! I took them to my book club and everyone wanted the recipe!

  39. Yummmy! Very like eggplant parmagiana (sp?). I'm not big on eggplant, but I just ate half an eggplant this way for dinner. Thank you (and Julia) for the great idea!

  40. Jamie, so glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  41. I made these and loved them – they're delicious, easy, quick, and make great leftovers. Plus, they taste so hearty and are so filling in spite of being (relatively) healthy.

  42. Carly, glad you liked it.

  43. This was delish! I added ground beef into the sauce to make it more entree like – it wass great! hearty, filling and still summery.

  44. Thank you! My book club is reading Julia Child's "My Life in France". This will be perfect to bring!

  45. Look directly under the recipe for information about why I don't count calories and how you can calculate it if you want to.

  46. Hi!
    Sounds delish! I've been trying to lose weight – any idea how many these calories are?

    Thanks!

  47. I don't think eggplant is ever crisp in the way a flour crust might be, so maybe you were just expecting it to be different than it is. That said, if you don't salt and wait for the water to come out, it will definitely be soggier.

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