The cool thing about working part time at a bookstore is that…well, you get to see all the new books that come out! You can talk to customers about good books they’ve read and skim through books from all different genres in hopes to find a new and fun read.

Recently this 50 Shades of Grey trilogy has blown up. Gone crazy. Made people mad excited. It’s cool, I get it, and since these books are my store’s biggest seller by far, I knew I had to read it. So, I did…and the book had me hooked.

It’s weird, the entire story is unbelievable, the writing is bad, the male character is seriously messed up and into painful sex, but there I was….reading my sexy book in the park while sipping iced tea, in bed at night while my boyfriend made fun of me, and in between baking times while my cookies were in the oven.

I guess I’m just like everyone else. I couldn’t get enough of it. The only thing that seriously confuses me though is when customers come into the store and say “the book is life changing” or “the best book ever” or “it has amazing writing and plot”….really?! Have these people ever even read a book before? Who knows. And if this book is actually life changing, I do not want to know what’s going on inside their bedrooms…or maybe I do. Creepy.

Anyway! On to flatbread. Delicious, amazing, chewy, flatbread. This appetizer seriously rocks my world, and will totally rock yours too. It has herbed goat cheese, mozzarella, marinara and buttery eggplant on ciabatta. YES!

Enjoy!

Eggplant Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 whole medium eggplant, cut into six slices
  • I ciabatta loaf, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 oz. soft fresh goat cheese (I used herbed)
  • Fresh parmesan, for topping
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400*F.
  2. Cut your eggplant into six slices and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Lay a few slices of eggplant in the skillet and cook until it is lightly browned on one side (about 4 minutes) and then flip and cook on the other side (an additional 3-4 minutes) until it cooks down and looks nice and golden. Set aside and repeat with remaining eggplant slices.
  4. Drizzle the cut side of the ciabatta slices with the remaining oil (approx. 1 tablespoon each) and place, cut side down, in the warm skillet until the bread is golden brown (1-2 minutes).
  5. Lay the bread, cut side up, on a parchment lined baking sheet, and spoon some pizza sauce on top. Sprinkle the sauce with grated mozzarella cheese and some crumbled goats cheese and dot some more pizza sauce on top. Sprinkle some fresh parmesan on top, if desired.
  6. Bake until the topping is hot and slightly browned, about 12 minutes.
  7. Before serving, crack some fresh pepper on top and then slice into small pieces.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Annie's Eats

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54 Responses to Eggplant Flatbread Pizza

  1. This flatbread looks fantastic! Like little mini eggplant pizzas. Yum.

  2. Hahaha! I have been passionately avoiding jumping on the 50 Shades of Grey bus for exactly the reasons you listed. I’m glad you checked it out, though, so at least you have an accurate opinion. And, in fact, I will probably try and read it too, just so I can (maybe) see why it’s such a big deal right now. Chances are, I won’t understand all the excitement, but who knows? This bread looks incredible, by the way! Good thing I’m headed to the store today. ;)

  3. These sound totally fab! I love every single ingredient on these flatbreads!

  4. That looks fantastic! I mean, completely fantastic.

  5. Lauren says:

    The flatbread looks delicious! I’ve been contemplating reading 50 shades but based on your review, I’m not sure if it deterred me or made me more intrigued. I guess a little of both! Haha

  6. Lori Lange says:

    I’m all over this one. I can’t even get myself to read the 2nd book because I find that I don’t really care what happens next… and the extreme sex scenes just got kind of boring after a while. Maybe a summer read, but it’s nothing I’m all that interested in. I love a GOOD book!

  7. These look luscious, so much better than pizza!

  8. oh yum, this looks awesome! i’m one of the rare few that’s not read any of the 50 Shades books yet. i’m intrigued, though – i might have to give in + read them!

  9. barbarabakes says:

    Looks so cheesy delicious! The perfect way to eat eggplant.

  10. Helen says:

    Really like the look and I’ll try this goody as all the ingredients are yummy. and I could make it as an appetizer. As for the book , guess I’m going to have to get it at the library. At my age I need some spice:)

  11. This looks fantastic! Love it in pizza form.

  12. Ha ha I just got 50 shades,havent started it yet but my sister warned me it was weird! I dont know if I would have the courage to read it in a park since everyone knows what its basically about…kudos to you ha! these look fantastic :)

  13. Byn says:

    i read about 100 pages of 50 shades and then just had to stop. it’s truly horrible. did you know it originally started as twilight fan-fiction? so 50 shades is basically twilight – vampires + sex scenes.

    one day is good…i just finished maine by j. courtney sullivan and i loved it.

    flatbread looks good too!

  14. Oh yeah! Quick yummy dinner…thanks!

  15. Can’t tell you how much I love eggplant parm and this is close enough that I’m drooling.

  16. I felt exactly the same about 50 Shades of Grey! I totally enjoyed myself while reading it and would definitely recommend it for guilty pleasure fun, but life-changing? I wouldn’t say that! :) Your flatbread looks delicious and I guess what! I nominated you for a Food Stories award!

    http://alwaysaddmorebutter.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/food-stories-award-other-stuff/

  17. katerina says:

    It must be delicious! I’ll try it :)
    Thanks for sharing the details!
    xxxFiC.

  18. Joanne says:

    My boyfriend makes fun of me for reading it also! And then he DARED to suggest that I save the 2nd and 3rd books for my flight to SEattle next week. Uhhh…I won’t be able to handle reading that on a plane. Def not. It really is weird just how bad the writing is…and yet how I can’t stop reading it.

    This flatbread looks SO GOOD. I’ve been craving something cheesy and eggplant-y for a while and this. Is. It.

  19. OMG!!! How lovely, my friend! I want to sink my teeth into these!

  20. Just found your blog :) and this looks amazing!!!!!

  21. Haha, I always wondered if working in a bookstore would be as fun as I imagine – sounds like it is! And these look delicious!

  22. Kelsey Payne says:

    Just found your blog thanks to Tasty Kitchen. You have some AWESOME recipes!

  23. I love these babies! They’re like mini vegetarian pizzas!

  24. I have to laugh at myself when I swear I won’t read a trendy book or watch a trendy movie, but I definitely get sucked in too sometimes. Still haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, though I think I may hold off ;) Your eggplant flatbread looks divine!

  25. julia says:

    What a YUM flatbread/eggplant recipe! Oh, and I totally need a book to read, so I’ll have to try out the terribly addicting trilogy

  26. Yum! Look at this flatbread!

  27. Those look amazing! It’s evil to look at these when hungry;)

  28. thelady8home says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE eggplant, and I am totally digging this recipe. Wonderful honestly!! I’m trying it.

  29. Jane says:

    This flatbread treat looks yummy, no doubt! And, I love your honest description of the way people have responded to that book trilogy. I am not familiar with it specifically, but I understand what you’re saying. I understand the guilty pleasure aspect, too. I do freelance editorial work that involves proofreading manuscripts for new novels that are about to be published, and some of what I read is just entertaining guilty-fun, but so much of what I have to read is completely ridiculous garbage. And these are manuscripts for books by supposedly “best selling” authors! It’s amazing what appeals to a lot of folks these days. I tend to think people need to broaden their literary horizons. To each his own, of course, but I appreciated your take on this kind of thing.

  30. I would LOVE to work at a bookstore! It`s always a problem for me when I just finished a book to chose another one. I have recently started a `to read` book list, so that should keep me occupied. For a while that is.
    But the flatbread! My goodness, I have no words! It looks fantastic!

  31. Villy says:

    Now I’m intrigued with this book… Maybe I’ll give it a shot.. The flatbread looks delicious!

  32. Tracey says:

    This looks so amazing, I adore all things eggplant. I will definitely be giving it a go this summer! I am next in line to borrow 50 Shades from a friend. Her review was very similar to yours – terrible writing, but impossible to put down :)

  33. wow! look at that flatbread. It looks totally amazing!

  34. This is such a good idea to use the eggplant as the pizza “dough”!! I love eggplant and can have endless amounts of it, so this recipe is perfect for me!

  35. Trish says:

    I have a love hate relationship with eggplant – Im getting there, this might do it!
    T x

  36. Deborah says:

    I haven’t read the books, and from what I’ve heard, I don’t think I will. There are too many other books on my list that I really want to read!

    But this flatbread? Looks amazing!!

  37. agreed, agreed, agreed. addicting? yes. good writing? no, no, nooooo. but it’s so easy to get sucked into those stupid books. i did it too!

    this flatbread? incredible.

  38. Katrina this looks SO good. I can’t even tell you! I want some now!

  39. Ha ha ha u make me laugh about that book, now i know i really dont want to read it! Thanks for the heads up! :) I am on the verge of going home from work, and i am hungry – these are not helping – this is now what i want for dinner!

  40. vivilinh says:

    yummm!! i want to try this!

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