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midnight snacking

Posted by ernie on February 21, 2008

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just as predicted, the night ended with a second dinner. leftovers yet again. this time courtesy of sarah and her scrumptious eggplant parmigiana together with what was left of a can of Heinz vegetarian beans (they make non-vegetarian beans?). mmm…


the main course:

i do love a good parm’ in any form – eggplant, chicken, veal, etc. – and this specific application did not disappoint. there were some hiccups along the way, but the end result was delicious nonetheless.

sarah’s eggplant parm

  • 1 sizable eggplant, sliced relatively thin
  • 1 jar tomato sauce – as bland as possible
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • a few grinds fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • a bit of olive oil for the brushing
  • 1/2 a block of mozzarella, grated

please note that these amounts are estimated. i am not much for measuring, not when it comes to cooking anyway. i choose to use the numbers as guides and let the taste buds do the fine tuning.

brush both sides of each eggplant slice with olive oil and coat lightly with bread crumbs. spread them all out evenly on some baking sheets and toast at 350 for 5 minutes on each side. meanwhile, dump the sauce in a big mixing bowl and start a’seasonin’. add a good amount of basil and oregano and slightly less of rosemary and thyme. start small and add more to taste. pepper to taste.

grab a casserole dish and start layering. start with the sauce for a solid foundation and add a layer of eggplant slices. top with more sauce, some breadcrumbs and a good amount of each cheese. continue the layering in that order until all the eggplant has been exhausted. top with a nice layer of breadcrumbs and cheese.

bake at 350 for 20 minutes or so and then broil for a minute or two to brown the top.

and that is where i went wrong. sarah’s recipe did not call for broiling. i thought it would make a tasty addition. and it would have, but it broiled for just a minute or so too long and burned the top a little. you can probably tell from the picture. the taste wasn’t too negatively effected. the deliciousness of the eggplant and cheese do their best to cover it up. so the moral is to broil for a very short time and check frequently to avoid burning.

the side:

it’s a can of beans. i dumped them in a bowl and added some spices in the form of cumin, salt, pepper, and paprika. heated it up and ate it.

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