Mini eggplant pizza bites are a popular Julia Child recipe and one of my favorite easy vegetarian dinners. 

An overhead photo of Julia Child's eggplant pizza bites on a baking sheet while hands top them with fresh basil.

I’ve been making Julia Child‘s mini eggplant pizzas for years and had to share them before eggplant season ended. They have all the flavors of pizza but are naturally gluten-free and low carb. Eggplant pizza bites are easy to make with just a few ingredients. 

If you love eggplant and pizza, you also have to try this top-rated Vegan Eggplant Parmesan, my authentic Pizza Dough and Pizza Sauce recipes, and my review of the coveted Ooni Pizza Oven! Grab a glass of clean wine and you’re ready to cook. 

Why This Recipe Works so Well 

Baked eggplant rounds are topped with sauce and cheese to make mini eggplant pizzas.

Eggplant is a staple in Mediterranean cooking and works beautifully with tomatoes and cheese. In Julia Child’s brilliant recipe, pizza crust is replaced by eggplant rounds, for a more nutritious, and I think more delicious take on pizza. 

The eggplant is sliced ¾” thick and baked until tender but still holding its structure. At the same time, a very simple yet delicious sauce simmers on the stove with just a few ingredients – a can of petite diced tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and dried herbs. 

Once the eggplant and sauce are finished cooking, the eggplant gets topped, still on the baking sheet, with sauce and flavorful cheeses. The cheese melts under the broiler in just a few minutes and they are ready to eat your mini eggplant pizzas! 

A close-up overhead photo of a mini eggplant pizza bite made with Julia Child's recipe and topped with fresh basil.

Variations & Substitutions 

While Julia’s recipe is perfect as-is, there are simple ways to customize it depending on dietary restrictions, allergies, or preferences. 

  • Vegan Eggplant Pizza: Use dairy-free cheese such as Follow Your Heart and/or Miyoko’s. 
  • Shortcut: Use store-bought or leftover homemade pizza sauce. 
  • Grilled Eggplant Pizza: Cook the eggplant slices completely on the grill. Then top and with sauce and cheese and pop under the broiler or close the grill top to melt. 
  • Additional toppings: Add sliced olives or mushrooms if desired. 
  • Mini Eggplant Pizza Bites: Use a few baby eggplants or a Japanese eggplant (no need to salt) for bite-sized pizzas. Cook time may need to be reduced so check as they bake. 

What to Serve with Eggplant Pizza

I like to enjoy these simply with a green salad and a piece of crusty bread, but they are great with any Italian or Mediterranean dish. Here are more tasty ideas. 

 

Yield: Serves 4

Julia Child's Eggplant Pizza Bites

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Learn how to make the most delicious mini eggplant pizza bites ever with this simple recipe inspired by Julia Child. Eggplant pizzas make a wonderful vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb family dinner.

An overhead close-up photo of a mini eggplant pizza round topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and basil.

Ingredients

Eggplant

  • 1 large globe eggplant
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Parmsan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded or fresh and torn into small pieces)
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Sauce

  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Cut the ends off the eggplant and discard. Cut the eggplant crosswise into ¾" rounds. A globe eggplant is sliced into rounds on a wooden cutting board.
  2. Sprinkle the salt over both sides of the eggplant slices and arrange on a paper towel. Let the eggplant sit for 30 minutes to draw out some of the water.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add the garlic and saute for a minute or two, taking care not to let it burn. Add the tomatoes, oregano, and Italian seasoning. Let simmer, adding a little water if needed. Petite diced tomatoes simmer with herbs and garlic.
  4. Use a paper towel to wipe off the water and salt from both sides of the eggplant slices. Water and salt is wiped off of a salted eggplant round with a paper towel.
  5. Arrange the eggplant on a large baking sheet. Brush both sides generously with olive oil. Olive oil is brushed onto eggplant rounds with a blue pastry brush.
  6. Bake the eggplant rounds in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes, until cooked through and tender.
  7. Remove from the oven and top the cooked eggplant rounds with sauce. Then sprinkle with cheeses. Sauce is spooned over cooked eggplant rounds to make Julia Child's eggplant pizza bites.
  8. Place the baking sheet under the broiler until the cheese is very melty and bubbling for about 5 minutes, but watch closely so that it doesn't burn.
  9. Serve right away garnished with fresh basil.

Notes

This recipe is easy to make vegan by using dairy-free cheese.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2-3 pizzas
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 864mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your favorite calculator.