Grilled Eggplant And Carmen Pepper Pizza


For this recipe I decided to use the Carmen pepper.  This pepper is a sweet roasting pepper, and it grows to about 6″ in length. It is great roasted or grilled, the later being what I decided to do. Grilling them until lightly charred added a tasty dimension to this otherwise sweet pepper. Really they were great on their own, with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of Maldon salt, and were even better on this pizza.

  • pizza dough - use homemade or store bought
  • maldon salt
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 4 Ounce fresh mozzarella
  • 0.25 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 carmen peppers or other sweet peppers if you cannot find carmen
  • 2 small eggplant – used an Italian version but use what you like
  • tomato sauce
  • cornmeal
  • egg – optional

  1. Preheat BBQ grill to 400.
  2. Cut the eggplant into slices and lightly coat both sides with olive oil. Place on the grill.
  3. Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds. Lightly coat with olive oil, then place on the grill.
  4. Grill over medium low heat for 4 – 5 minutes, then flip everything over.  Grill for another 4 -5 minutes until lightly charred. While the veggies are grilling, roll out 1/4 of the pizza dough onto a floured surface.
  5. Place the rolled out crust on a cookie sheet or a pizza peel that has been lightly dusted with some cornmeal. This prevents sticking.
  6. Once the eggplant and peppers are finished grilling, remove and set aside. Let cool slightly, then cut into thin slices.
  7. Lightly oil the grate of your grill – do not burn yourself.
  8. Place the pizza dough on the grill and cook for 2 minutes.  Flip with tongs and grill for another 2 minutes.
  9. Remove the dough from the grill, and place on a cutting board. Spread a small amount of tomato sauce on the pizza crust.  
  10. Then layer the cheese, eggplant slices and red onion on top of the crust.  Scatter the Carmen peppers over the top.
  11. Place the pizza back on the grill.
  12. Drizzle lightly with a little olive oil, sprinkle with some maldon salt and grill until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted.  This will take about 5 – 8 minutes depending on how hot the grill is.  I keep the temperature at about 350 – 400.
  13. If you want to add our egg to your pizza, place a raw egg in the center of the pizza and cover with the grill lid.  It will take about 10 – 12 minute to cook the egg.

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