Parmigiana

Step 1: You will need:
— pizza dough
— mozzarella
— parmesan
— eggplant
— ground meat
— cherry tomatoes
— dried oregano
— ground black pepper

Step 2: The first thing you need to do is turn on your oven and preheat it to 220˚C/ 430˚F. While waiting for the oven to heat, prepare your ingredients. Start with the eggplant: chop it into cubes.

Step 3: Then grate the mozzarella on a coarse grater.

Step 4: The parmesan needs to be grated on a fine grater.

Step 5: Now let’s roll out our pizza. You may stretch the pizza dough with your knuckles like all professionals do, but it’s always easier to use a rolling pin. Sprinkle the table with flour, dip the dough in the flour as well and roll it into a thin sheet.

Step 6: Put the crust on an oiled pizza screen. Don’t worry if the crust loses its shape while you handle it — just shape it into a circle again and don’t worry about the small folds that you might get.

Tip: If you don’t have a pizza screen, you may use a baking sheet turned upside down (so that you can easily take your pizza off the sheet). And if you are lucky enough to own a pizza stone, don’t forget to preheat it for about 20 minutes before putting your pizza on it.

Step 7: Add the toppings. First add some tomatoes. We’ve placed nine tomatoes: one for each piece of pizza and one in the center.

Step 8: Scatter the chopped eggplant over the pizza.

Step 9: Add the ground meat.

Step 10: Make a layer of grated mozzarella.

Step 11: Sprinkle with parmesan.

Step 12: It’s time to put our pizza in the oven! Keep it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes — it can take more or less than that depending on how quickly your oven bakes.

Tip: Rotate the pizza screen a couple of times while baking to make sure that the pizza cooks evenly.

Step 13: A pizza screen won’t let your pizza get a well-cooked crispy bottom. To achieve a nice crispy pizza, take it off the screen a few minutes before it has finished baking and put it on a baking sheet. Bake the pizza on the sheet for 3-5 minutes more until its edges turn golden.

Step 14: Put the cooked pizza on a serving plate and season it with some dried oregano and black pepper.

Step 15: The Parmigiana is done! Slice into eight pieces and serve.

Lesson added by Sergey Burlakov