Although it's really a fruit, eggplant is still one of my favorite vegetables. Tom Brady might not eat it because it's a nightshade and therefore causes "inflammation," but I'm not a professional athlete so I don't mind.
Anyways, as much as I love Eggplant Parmesan, sometimes I think the crisp beauty of the breaded eggplant gets lost underneath all the sauce and cheese. In my opinion, breaded eggplant is at its best when I can truly taste the crunchiness of the breading (made even crunchier with panko breadcrumbs!), so that's why I love my breaded eggplant atop a pizza. The key is to slice the eggplant thin; otherwise you'll have too much topping, and your dough will run the risk of not baking through all the way. Read more.