Roasted Eggplant, Sausage & Taleggio Pizza
Roasted peeled eggplant has an almost creamy texture and works really well with red onions, sausage, and creamy taleggio cheese in this pizza recipe. Taleggio is a washed rind Italian cheese that is named after Val Taleggio. The cheese has a strong aroma, but its flavour is comparatively mild with an unusual fruity tang. It is certainly one of my favorite Italian cheeses, but is pretty rich so I have used half mozzarella and half taleggio on these pizzas. Our pizzas were baked in our pizza oven but I am giving directions to cook the pizzas in a regular oven.
Deborah Mele 2011
Roasted Eggplant, Sausage And Taleggio Pizza
Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Roasted eggplant pairs really well with sausage and Taleggio cheese in this hearty pizza.
4 Balls Pizza Dough For Individual Sized Pizzas
2 Medium Sized Eggplants
1 Medium Red Onion
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
4 Large Sausage Links
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
3 to 4 Cups Prepared Tomato Sauce
1 (4 Ounce) Block Mozzarella Cheese, Thinly Sliced
4 Ounces Taleggio Cheese, Sliced
4 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Peel the eggplant and then cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces, then peel the onion and chop it into pieces the same size as the eggplant.
Place the eggplant and onions on a baking sheet and drizzle with the two tablespoons olive oil.
Toss to coat the vegetables evenly, and roast the eggplant and onions until tender, about 20 minutes.
In a skillet, heat the oil.
Remove the sausage meat from the casings and cook until lightly browned, breaking the meat up with a fork as it cooks, about 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
Roll out one ball of dough into a 12 to 14 inch circle and place on a cornmeal dusted pizza peel.
Spoon some of the tomato sauce onto the pizza spreading it to within 1 inch of the edge.
Place some of both of the cheese slices over the sauce, then top with some of the eggplant and onions and finally the sausages.
Sprinkle with the fresh basil.
Cook for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is bubbly.
Serve immediately and continue to prepare and cook the rest of the pizzas.