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I just wanted to share a repost for some eggplant recipes….. I purchased 4 small eggplants this week and couldn’t decide what I wanted to use them for and it was a toss-up between eggplant stacks and eggplant boats.
Since the eggplants were small and I couldn’t decide, I prepared the eggplants as both, stacks and boats.
I made simple fried eggplant slices and stacked them with mozzarella and tomatoes (no sauce needed) and topped them with roasted peppers.
This is a simple meal similar to Eggplant Parmigiana but without the need for tomato sauce and baking.
The easy recipe for fried eggplant stacks can find a home on your Summer Barbecue Buffet Table as an appetizer or a side dish.
The second recipe is Eggplant Boats stuffed with sauteed ground beef, or sausage (out of the casing), or a combination of both mixed together, with the addition of grated cheese, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and a mozzarella topping. This makes a great entree for lunch or dinner served with a side salad.
Cooks Note: I sometimes add sauteed mushrooms to the mix, but it is great with or without.
I hope you give both recipes a try this summer when the eggplants are plentiful. The recipes are below:
Fried Eggplant Stacks with Tomato, Mozzarella, and Roasted Peppers.
2 medium-size eggplants or 4 smaller eggplants
6 eggs, lightly beaten
Italian flavored breadcrumbs or homemade breadcrumbs
Grated Locatelli cheese (you can also use Parmesan)
Salt and pepper
Dried oregano or parsley to taste
1 lb. thinly sliced fresh mozzarella
4 medium fresh tomatoes (heirloom or vine)
Olive oil for frying
Fresh chopped basil (optional)
Roasted peppers (optional)
Slice the eggplants into ¼ inch rounds.
Set up a breading station with egg and breadcrumbs
Place the beaten eggs seasoned with salt and pepper in a shallow bowl with a rim. Add a little water to thin out the egg.
Blend grated cheese into the breadcrumbs and add dried oregano.
Dip the eggplant slices into the eggs, then into the breadcrumbs. Set aside on a cookie sheet. Be careful not to overcrowd the cutlets on the cookie sheet; the breading could fall off the cutlet.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the eggplant in batches, turning them when the edges get brown. Transfer the cooked eggplant to a paper towel-lined cookie sheet.
Cooks Note: change the oil in the skillet when it starts to get black from all the cooked breadcrumbs that fall off. You don’t want that burnt taste on your eggplant slices.
While the eggplants are draining on paper towels – cut your mozzarella into rounds (or you could buy pre-sliced mozzarella) and cut your tomatoes into rounds- width is your choice. I also added some roasted peppers as a topping (optional).
Start your stacking- eggplant slice, mozzarella slice, tomato slice, and repeat. Top with roasted peppers if using.
Stuffed Eggplant Boats
2 small long eggplants
(1 lb.) pkg. of ground beef or ground turkey
(1 lb.) sausage meat, out of the casing
3-4 fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped, or use grape tomatoes (halved)
4 tbsp. grated cheese
6 basil leaves, shredded
Sprigs of parsley, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Mozzarella cheese, shredded for topping eggplants
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Wash the eggplant, cut them in half lengthwise, and scoop out the flesh. Salt the cavities, put the eggplant in a baking pan, cover the pan with aluminum foil, and bake for 20 minutes (they should be soft but not mushy)
Add the flesh from the eggplant to a food processor and pulse just a few times to make small pieces to fill the eggplant.
Heat ¼ cup olive oil with the garlic. Season the ground meat and sausage with salt and pepper and add to the oil and sauté until it begins to turn brown.
Add the diced eggplant. Cook for 5 minutes over a medium flame, then increase the heat and add the tomatoes and the basil leaves.
After 5 minutes, turn off the burner, and stir in the parsley and grated cheese. Check the seasoning.
Stuff the hollowed-out eggplant with the filling, top with shredded mozzarella and heat them in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes.
Serve them hot or warm
Cooks Note: the extra filling can be cooked in another pan or saved in the refrigerator for another meal.
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