Baked Eggplant with California Figs and Leeks

Pizza-style Baked Eggplant Recipe with Fresh Mozzarella, Figs, Leeks and Tomatoes

Try this beautiful and delicious gluten-free recipe for Baked Eggplant with California Figs and Leeks from KC the G-Free Foodie – it’s easy to make, healthy, tasty and impressive. What’s not to love?

– Updated June 2021 –

Baked Eggplant with California Figs and Leeks recipe

When I first saw this eggplant image on The Prague Blog, I reached out and asked for the recipe  – which they didn’t have. So, I asked if I could use the image and create a baked eggplant recipe of my own.

They agreed, and I began the challenging task of making delicious food to fit a photo. (It’s waaay harder than it sounds, y’all.)

I used California Figs of course, because that’s where I live and they are the best. Also, California is the only place that figs are grown commercially in the U.S., so I suppose that’s a factor. And before you tell me that figs have wasps in them: they don’t. Trust me. Or, trust the California Fig Board: currently, 99% of figs grown commercially in the U.S. are self pollinating, with the remaining 1% (of an old variety) being replaced in the next few years.

With Baked Eggplant, Size Matters.

The size of your eggplant will affect the baking time, so if you’ve got a really huge one it could take a few minutes more, a smaller one could take a few minutes less. Just eyeball it after the first bake – if the center looks cooked and not raw, you’re good to go.


I make this recipe pretty often now, sometimes swapping the mozzarella for Parmesan, or adding caramelized onions if I don’t have leeks. But the truth is, we like the original version best.  

Love figs? Try these Fresh Figs with Date Caramel, Dark Chocolate + Pistachios  and this Fig and Prosciutto Salad. Looking for more grain-free pizza ideas? Pizza Margherita With Grain-Free Pizza Crust is delicious and super easy. The crust is made mostly of cheese.   

This baked eggplant is perfect with a glass of wine or a simple, not-too-sweet sangria.  I hope you’ll try it soon and love it too. It’s definitely one of my favorites.

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Baked Eggplant with California Figs and Leeks

Try this beautiful and delicious gluten-free recipe for Baked Eggplant with California Figs and Leeks from KC the G-Free Foodie – it’s easy to make, healthy, tasty and impressive. What’s not to love?
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked eggplant, easy dinner recipes, gluten-free dinner recipe, vegetable recipes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 351kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 4 ounce ball of fresh mozzarella sliced
  • 1/2 leek thinly sliced
  • 2 fresh California Figs quartered
  • a few cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3 tbsp good quality olive oil (or more)
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Kosher salt


  • Cut the eggplant in half, and then score diagonally, being careful not to cut the skin. The scatter the garlic over the eggplant halves and brush liberally with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt. Place eggplant scored side up on a baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • In the meantime, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Toss in halved cherry tomatoes and leeks, cook for 3-5 minutes, until tomato skins begin to blister & leeks slightly soften. Remove from the heat and set aside on plate or bowl. Add the vinegar and sugar to the skillet, and return to medium heat. Bring the mixture to a slight boil and reduce vinegar to a thick syrup.
  • When the eggplant is done baking, scatter the mozzeralla slices over the top, and then top the cheese with the leeks, tomatoes and fresh figs. Return to the 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted & slightly bubbly.Finish the with eggplant by drizzling on the balsamic reduction and sprinkling with a little more salt. You can also drizzle lightly with olive oil if desired.
  • Serve immediately.


Serve warm & enjoy!
how to make baked eggplant with figs and leeks


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg

Baked Eggplant with California Figs and Leeks original photo: The Prague Blog (now Taste of Prague)

Additional photos: Meg van der Kruik


Frequently Asked Questions about Baked Eggplant with Figs & Leeks:

Are there wasps in figs?

No. 99% of figs grown commercially in California (meaning sold at stores, farmer’s markets and direct) are self-pollinating. California grows 100% of dried figs and 98% of fresh figs grown in the U.S.

Do you have to soak eggplant before baking?

No. Some recipes soak eggplant to remove bitterness, but it is not required, and shouldn;t be necessary with recipes calling for a longer baking or roasting time.

Is eggplant healthy to eat?

Yes. Eggplant is a high-fiber, low calorie vegetable with lots of great nutritional benefits.

Is a leek the same as a green onion?

No. Leeks look like large green onions, but they are actually milder in flavor. Shallots or sweet yellow onions are good substitutes for leeks.

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