Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Don't cha wanna Eggplant Parmigiana?

My little backyard pot of basil rendered service to dinner tonight. Well, it needed thinning, don't you agree? (Check it out below.) Eggplant Parmigiana was on the menu. Luckily for me, I was able to buy locally-grown eggplant and tomatoes at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market to pair with my locally-grown basil. And that lovely chunk of bread was
purchased at one of my favourite local bakeries, the Night Oven. This is a quick and easy version of an Italian classic.

Eggplant Parmigiana
1 big eggplant (or 2-3 little ones)
gobs of olive oil
7-8 Roma tomatoes
1 sprig fresh basil, chopped (or 4 baby springs)
1 cup mozzarella or other melt-y cheese, grated
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Slice eggplant about 1/4 inch thick. In a skillet, heat a generous dousing of olive oil on high but not smoking. Fry eggplant slices quickly, turning to lightly brown both sides. Remove to paper towel. Repeat, adding more oil, until all the eggplant is cooked. This can be done ahead of time.

Chop the tomatoes. Turn skillet heat to low, toss in tomatoes and cook until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in half the basil. Cook until it's nice and sauce-y. This can be done ahead of time.

In a baking dish, spread half the tomato sauce. Layer half the eggplant. Sprinkle with half the mozzarella. Dot with basil. Add another layer of tomato sauce-eggplant-mozarella. Sprinkle the top with parmesan.

Bake at 375F for 30 minutes. Optional: Turn on broiler and lightly brown the top.


JoyD Gulas said...

I will try this but here in France, ratatouille is the eggplant, courgette (zucchini), onion and tomato dish of the summer. In fact, the grocery stores and markets sell "ratatouille packages" of vegetables - everything you need to make it. There are many variations and I choose the provencal/Italian version with basilic and garlic. Bon!

JoyD Gulas said...

Pardon , , , I forgot the red peppers.

Amy Jo Ehman said...

Yes!! Last spring in France I also bought ratatouille "packets" at the grocery. It's so yummy. But imho not as umami lovely as eggplant parmigiana. All that eggplant and melted cheese... mmmmmm