hello CMK readers!
yes, it’s been too long since the last blogpost. i hope to remedy that…starting now!
it seems to be cold/rainy most everywhere in the U.S. right now and sitting down to something warm/saucy/healthy/colorful is just the thing to lift our spirits, satisfy our palates and share with loved ones. in our little household we LOVE eggplant parmesan and lasagne (be it veggie or traditional). however, often both dishes are laden with too much cheese and/or meat, which take away from the flavor of the vibrant and health promoting vegetables. rather than using a lasagne pasta, i layered the “lasagne” using eggplant slices. it was a kitchen “experiment” and we were pleasantly satisfied with the final dish. i hope you will try it…not many ingredients and loads of juicy flavor. BONUS: makes great leftovers!
1 large globe eggplant — sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 medium brown onion — coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves — sliced thinly
1 bunch of fresh spinach (or 5 oz. container of fresh baby spinach) rinsed
1 large (28 oz.) can diced “fire roasted” tomatoes (i prefer MUIR GLEN brand)
thinly sliced asiago cheese for layering and 1/2 cup parmesan for sprinkling
misc: panko breadcrumbs, olive oil, red chili flakes, salt/pepper to taste, fresh rosemary or thyme, chopped parsley for serving
simply dredge the eggplant slices in a combination of panko breadcrumbs, olive oil, fresh herbs and salt/pepper/chili flakes (to taste); spread a few spoonfuls of diced tomato sauce on bottom of baking dish (13″x9″) and start layering as follows: eggplant, onions, garlic, handful of spinach spread evenly, thin slices of asiago cheese, sauce — repeat with remaining ingredients, leaving some eggplant and cheese slices for the top layer and cover with diced tomatoes. bake (covered) at 350 degrees for approx. 1 hour; uncover and bake 10 minutes longer to brown cheese.
that’s it…enjoy with some red wine, green salad and crusty bread to mop up the garlicky sauce!
i hope the year ahead brings you good health and lots of time to spend with those you love…