This Fourth of July, ditch the potato salad and flag cakes in exchange for some nutritious & delicious crowd pleasing appetizers. Our Eggplant Pizzettes will offer your guests with a lighter alternative to traditional pizza while our Pistachio & Goat Cheese Crusted Grapes will serve as a lovely palate cleanser before the rest of your Independence Day feast.
1 large eggplant
1 package fresh mozzarella
4 grape or cherry tomatoes
16 small basil leaves
2 teaspoons olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil spray
Tea cup with a 2-inch diameter, for stenciling
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Peel most of skin off of eggplant, leaving approximately 3 stripes of skin on so as to give eggplant a design.
- Using tea cup for a stencil, cut eggplant into 1-inch thick circles. This will yield approximately 16 eggplant circles.
- Spray each side of the eggplant circles with olive oil spray & sprinkle with salt. Place in oven for approximately 20 minutes. You want the eggplants soft, but not overcooked.
- Cut mozzarella into complimentary circles using tea cup as a stencil. Once eggplant is out of the oven, place 1 piece of mozzarella on each eggplant circle.
- Cut each grape or cherry tomato into fourths, and lightly salt them.
- Top each eggplant pizzette with a tomato slice & small basil leaf.
- Right before serving, top with a touch of olive oil & broil pizzettes for approximately 3 minutes or until mozarella melts, taking careful note not to let them burn. Remove from oven & enjoy!
Pistachio & Goat Cheese Crusted Grapes
24 green seedless grapes (the larger, the tastier)
1 package goat cheese
1/2 cup shelled pistachios, chopped very fine
a touch of coconut oil
- Wipe hands with coconut oil (wear gloves if you’d like) to prevent goat cheese from getting stuck to your hands.
- Take a small piece of goat cheese and make a 1-inch diameter ball. Squash the goat cheese around each grape until an even layer is formed around grape.
- Roll goat cheese crusted grape in pistachio until it is evenly coated.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve, and then cut each grape in half as pictured prior to impressing your guests. Enjoy!
And sahtein–or deux healths!