Eggplant, Green Olive and Provolone Pizza

Eggplant, Green Olive and Provolone Pizza (AdaptedGourmet August 2009)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pound eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 pound store-bought pizza dough at room temperature
  • 5 ounces sliced provolone, cut into short thin matchsticks (1 1/4 cups)
  • 18 pitted green olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Stir together garlic and oil. Brush some of garlic oil on both sides of eggplant and season with salt and pepper. Broil, turning once, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes total. Cut into roughly 1-inch pieces.

Stretch dough into about a 12- by 10-inch rectangle on a large baking sheet and lightly brush with garlic oil. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until underside begins to get golden-brown. Brush top with more garlic oil, scatter cheese , eggplant and olives over crust. Slide pizza from sheet onto oven rack and bake  for 15 minutes, until done and cheese has melted.