Another week has flown by and we are really excited about the warmer weather over here at Perfectly Imperfect Produce. The change in seasons means a change in produce and we are really excited to have some new items popping up. Personally, I love blood oranges in a salad or margarita, and the strawberries in the box this week were so beautifully red and really juicy!
I picked the eggplant and tomatoes to work with this week for a different spin on an Italian favorite. I wanted to pull out the grill this week because of all the sunshine, and that made this meal come together really quickly. The eggplant acts as a pizza crust which gives you a lighter carb meal and feels fresh as the days start to get warmer. You can finish these pizza bites in the oven or directly on the grill, I just finished mine in the oven because I wanted that nice broiled color, but either way is great. Use some mozzarella and your favorite marinara sauce to bring the dish together. I hope you enjoy!
Grilled Eggplant Caprese Pizzas
1 Perfectly Imperfect Eggplant, sliced into half-inch slices
1 Package of Perfectly Imperfect "cabernet" cherry tomatoes, halved
5 slices of fresh mozzarella, ripped into pieces
1/2 cup marinara
1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
2 Tablespoons fresh balsamic vinegar or glaze
salt and pepper to taste
1. On a medium-high grill, lay slices of eggplant and let cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until dark grill marks appear.
2. Here is where you can leave the slices on the grill, or transfer to baking sheet. Top each slice with a spoonful of marinara, spreading it out like pizza sauce over the dough, add 2-3 pieces of mozzarella, a few halved tomatoes, and salt and pepper.
3. Either close the lid on the grill for 2-3 minutes, or broil on high for 5 minutes, until cheese is melty and slightly browned.
4. Once removed from the heat source, drizzle the pizza bites with fresh balsamic and the ribbons of basil. Serve with a side salad or even some pasta! Enjoy!
As always, we love to see how you use your boxes throughout the week! Let us know on Instagram what you're up to in the kitchen! Tag us, @perfectlyimperfectproduce, and we may even feature your dish on our story! Thanks, friends! See you next week!