Stuffed Foccacia with Roasted Eggplant and Teese

In my last post I wrote about the Teese challenge put forth by the people at Chicago Soy Dairy.  I mentioned that one of the things I struggled with was coming up with something “different” to use the mozzarella in, when I honestly just wanted to make a pizza!  After making the potato cakes, I couldn’t help but indulge that desire just a little.  What I made wasn’t exactly a pizza, but it had a lot of similar elements.  In other words, it was good!

This recipe was super simple to make since you can use pre-made ingredients.  I left the Parmesan out, although I normally substitute nutritional yeast in recipes and it works really well.  I also used dry oregano instead of fresh.

One thing to note is that you definitely don’t need to use two eggplants for 1 pound of pizza dough.  I had a ton of roasted eggplant leftover, and probably still would have even if I’d used only one.  If you’re making these for a crowd, by all means keep it at two, but make sure you get (or make) extra dough.

Mmmmmm… just look at that Teese-tastic slice!  This was so tasty, and the Teese really added a lot of flavor. The stuffed foccacia was definitely different from regular pizza, and the eggplant elevated it to a new level that you don’t usually get to with plain old pizza toppings.  The texture was almost meaty, and the flavor of everything – herbs, sauce, eggplant, Teese  - worked really well together.  The only thing I might do differently next time is to make my own sauce and dough.  Even though the ones I bought from Trader Joe’s worked well, I can’t help but think that this would be even better fully made from scratch.

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7 Responses to “Stuffed Foccacia with Roasted Eggplant and Teese”

  1. I am going to make something eggplant-related tonight- this was great inspiration! Looks yum :)

  2. Wow! This looks fantastic! I’ve been waiting for my mozzarella teese to arrive, and wanted to try a “cheesey bread” – as my boyfriend orders from Dominoes all the time and it really does smell delish! Thanks for sharing the teesey treat!

  3. That looks yummy. I’ll try this for dinner on weekends. what else can we do with eggplant? :-)

  4. Oh wow! I just happen to be picking up some Daiya tomorrow and have been daydreaming of things to make with it. This recipe’s so going on my to-make list.

  5. The roasted eggplant on its own looks delicious and will definitely be on the menu this weekend. I’ll save the foccacia recipe for a rainy day. Baby steps. Candy Baby steps.

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