Skillet Pizza with Eggplant and Greens
The sauce and toppings can be prepared up to two days ahead. If you make only one pizza, freeze the other half of the dough in a resealable plastic bag for up to three months.
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- Yield: Makes two 10-inch pizzas
Photography: Anna Williams
Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2015
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil sauce
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Pinch of red-pepper flakes
- 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 eggplant (about 12 ounces), stemmed and cut lengthwise into 1-inch-thick slices
- Coarse salt
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 12 ounces provolone, thinly sliced
- Fresh oregano leaves, for serving
Dough: Stir together flour, salt, yeast, and 1 1/4 cups water in a large bowl until dough is very sticky. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand 12 to 18 hours at room temperature.
Sprinkle dough with flour. Divide in half. Divide oil between two 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillets (preferably cast iron). Swirl to coat. Add dough to each skillet; turn to coat with oil. Gently flatten dough with your hand. Cover; let rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.
Sauce: Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add pepper flakes and onion. Cook, stirring, until onion is tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add tomatoes and juices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly. Puree sauce in a blender, in batches (to avoid filling jar more than halfway), until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Toppings: Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place eggplant in a colander; season with salt. Let stand 30 minutes.
Rinse eggplant, drain, and pat dry. Arrange on a baking sheet; brush with 2 tablespoons oil. Roast, turning once, until very tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add chard in batches with 1 to 2 tablespoons water. Cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Let cool.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees with rack in lower third. For each pizza, press dough until it touches edge of skillet. Ladle 3/4 cup sauce over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with 3 ounces cheese. Add 1/2 cup each chard and eggplant. Top with another 3 ounces cheese. Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 18 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano; serve.