July 29, 2011

Eggplant Bake

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The recipe is insanely easy and very elegant. You can easily use zucchini instead of eggplant, add sliced mushrooms or tomatoes, increase the cheese - lots of fun.

Eggplant Bake

  • 1 medium-large eggplant
  • 2 cups marinara
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese

  1. Slice eggplant as thin as possible; spread slices out on a cutting board or baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and let sit at least 5 minutes. The salt draws out excess moisture.
  2. Using paper towels or a fresh towel, wipe eggplant slices removing the salt and excess water.
  3. Spray a 8-10 inch springform pan with non-stick spray. Lay one layer of eggplant slices in the pan first. Then spread a couple tablespoons sauce, then pinch of cheese. Continue layering eggplant, marinara and cheese - topping with remaining cheese.
  4. Cover loosely with foil, then place pan on a baking sheet to catch any liquid that seeps out the bottom. Bake 30-45 minutes at 375 degrees - until eggplant is soft.
  5. Let cool in pan 5-10 minutes - this will help the bake firm up and make it easier to cut.
  6. Carefully remove the outer part of the springform pan.
  7. Top with a sprinkle of cheese, brushetta or even fresh basil for garnish.

NOTE: if you do not remove as much moisture as possible from the eggplant, the bake will not set up in the 'pie' shape and will be very difficult to cut. That is a very important step!

We served large slices with grilled steaks - Yum!!

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Our Treasured Home said...

Looks Yummy! Glad your back!

Bluebird said...

Hi, I recently made an eggplant dish myself and was a little confused about the sweating of the plant. It seems like I should rinse with water to remove the salt but wouldn't counteract trying to remove the moisture(sweating). Can you remove enough salt with a cloth?

Not Jenny said...

Thank you for posting this! I am going to try it with the Japanese eggplant that has seen better days in the bottom of my crisper. Cheese and marinara make everything better!