Recipe courtesy of Jack McDavid

Grilled Portobello Pizza with Goat Cheese and Green Sauce and Thousand-Layer Eggplant Napoleon with No-Fat Tomato Vinaigrette

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  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Green Sauce:

1/4 cup baby spinach

1/4 cup basil

1 teaspoon tarragon leaves

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon capers

2 garlic cloves, roasted

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Portobello Pizza:

4 portobello mushrooms

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

8 ounces goat cheese, sliced thin

Eggplant Napoleon:

2 large eggplants, sliced crosswise, 3/4-inch thick

2 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise, 1/4-inch thick

1 large red onion, sliced thin

1 large tomato, sliced 1-inch thick

1 large red pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and julienned

1 large green pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and julienned

1/2 pound spicy Monterey Jack cheese, grated

1/2 pound goat cheese, thinly sliced

1/2 bunch basil, chiffonade (save 4 leaves for garnish)

Olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

No-Fat Tomato Vinaigrette:

3 large tomatoes, halved, cored and seeded

2 ounces 2 year old balsamic vinegar 

1 tablespoon minced basil 1 tablespoon minced shallots 

1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves 

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 

1 tablespoon honey 

1 teaspoon salt 


  1. Puree all the ingredients to form a sauce.

Portobello Pizza:

  1. Rub mushrooms with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place the mushrooms on the grill, rib side down, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn mushrooms and place green sauce over mushrooms. Add sliced goat cheese. Touch with a little more sauce. Close the top to the grill and smoke for 5 minutes more.

Eggplant Napoleon:

  1. Lightly brush eggplant, zucchini and onions with olive oil and then season with salt and pepper. Grill for 3 minutes on each side. Grill tomato for 3 minutes on each side. While vegetables are hot, using a ceramic mold or bread pan lined with plastic wrap, make a layer of eggplant and then spread with 1-ounce of Jack cheese. Make a layer of red pepper and spread with 1-ounce Jack cheese. Make a layer of zucchini and spread with jack cheese. Make a layer of onion with jack cheese. Make a layer of green peppers and then a layer of goat cheese. Make another layer of eggplant and then another layer of goat cheese. Finally, make a layer of tomato and then a layer of basil. Lightly press, weight and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Turn upside down and release from the mold. Place left over goat cheese on top and garnish with basil. 

No-Fat Tomato Vinaigrette:

  1. Place tomatoes, meat side down, over medium hot grill for 8 minutes. Carefully remove and place in blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
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