Some months ago, I posted a recipe for Romesco sauce, a wildly delicious roasted red pepper sauce with a ton of uses. I've been testing new things I can do with this incredible sauce. So I was in possession of some fabulous eggplant I received as part of my CSA share over the summer (yes, I filmed this one months ago and I'm finally posting it!). This is super easy to make and can be a snack, lunch, brunch or dinner. All that is to say, you will absolutely love this French bread pizza with Romesco sauce and eggplant.
Getting Creative with French Bread Pizza: Let's Kick it Up a Notch with Romesco and Eggplant
See, if you're making a batch of romesco sauce, there's a lot of it. But I've come to discover that freezing it in smaller containers is so helpful. I cook a lot and freeze a lot of food, often just to make sure that it DOES freeze well. I won't just say something freezes well if I haven't tried it myself. The suspense is killing you, I can feel that. Does romesco freeze well you say sitting on the edge of your seat. Yes, this romesco sauce freezes well. Like, I defrosted it in my refrigerator and it tasted exactly the same as when I made it. Yay!
My habit is that I usually have little frozen containers of romesco sauce in my freezer and I try to find new ways to use it. So when I made this French bread pizza, I had a gorgeous eggplant from my CSA farm share and I knew I wanted to do something special with it. I love the simplicity of cubing eggplant and sautéing it with onions and garlic. It's a very quick and easy way to enjoy this incredible vegetable, although technically I think eggplant is considered a fruit. Toast some French bread, shave a little fresh parmesan cheese for the top and this French bread pizza will rock your world.
Community Supported Agriculture: A Great Way to Support Local Farmers
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is all about supporting local farms by buying a share of their harvest before the growing season and receiving farm fresh produce every week for a certain period of time. As I did last year, I purchased a summer farm share at Clark Farm in Carlisle, MA.
Each week during my summer share, I arrive at the farm to pick up amazing fresh salad greens, kale, swiss chard, napa cabbage, carrots, broccolini, strawberries, zucchini, and so much more. It’s such a relaxing summer ritual and I truly enjoy knowing I’m eating healthy, organic veggies that were locally grown.
I highly encourage you to look into any CSA opportunities within your community. I know it can get a little pricey depending on where you are. However, you can always split a share with a friend and make it your weekly “thing” to pick up your CSA together. I did this years ago with a friend of mine and we loved it. Most farms offer different size shares to suit different needs.
Easy Steps to Making French Bread Pizza with Romesco Sauce and Eggplant
Romesco Sauce and All the Ways you Can Use It
There are many ways you can use romesco sauce and I'm sure you will think of more. You can always slather this awesome sauce on top of a piece of grilled chicken or a thick meaty fish like halibut or striped bass. Serving the sauce with some crusty bread for dipping works too. Here's some more ideas to get you going. Happy cooking!
- Really Great Romesco Sauce
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich w/Romesco, Dill Havarti & Arugula
- Grilled Zucchini & Summer Squash Drizzled w/Romesco
- Garlic Shrimp Crostini w/Romesco Sauce
- The Ultimate Roasted Veggie Sandwich (swap out the pesto for ROMESCO!)