Thursday, October 27, 2011

Eggplant Parm Casserole

I make a rich, hearty, decadent, cheesy layered eggplant Parmesan.  I love every bite of it. However, when I was asked to make a vegetarian dish for the AmeriCorps group that came to help with flood cleanup. I don't do vegetarian very often as I am a dyed-in-the-wool-no-holds-barred Omnivore.  However, I knew I could figure something out. I thought right away of eggplant because it is hearty and filling and I knew they would be working hard and need a substantial meal. I could not use mushrooms as there were allergy issues. But I had to work that day AND I had a cross-country meet after work so my prep/cooking time was small... my traditional eggplant parm was out...too time consuming.  SO I had to rethink the dish and I came up with this easy, quick casserole dish with the same elements of Eggplant Parm.


Eggplant Parm Casserole  (for 10)

3 lr eggplants  peeled and cubed
1 large onion cubed
3 heads of garlic minced
3 tbl olive oil
1  28oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup of your favorite jarred tomato sauce
1  1/2 cup ricotta
2 cups mozzarella shredded
1/2 cup Romano cheese
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 tbl butter melted

I used a xl deep  foil baking pan when I made this....bigger than a 9x13.  Preheat oven to  350.

Put eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with salt..let sit 10 min then rinse and dry. 
In a large skillet saute onions and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat DO NOT BROWN. Just cook until transparent. Add eggplant. Stir well . Cover for about 5 minutes. Then stir again and saute until the eggplant begins to soften.  Drain the tomatoes and add to the pan.  Continue to cook and stir until heated though.
Put 1/3 of the tomato sauce on bottom of pan...then 1/2 the eggplant mixture, then 1/2  of each cheese. Repeat the layers.. Stir the bread crumbs into the melted butter and sprinkle over the top. Bake uncovered until heated through and browned on top 20-40 minutes.

3 comments:

  1. What a great and quick lasagna for a weeknight meal. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. New follower. Found you over at Dee's site and decided to swing on by and say hello. Great recipe. Your logo is completely adorable.

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  3. @ KIM - My daughters friend at college drew me in cartoon form and it was so wonderful so I used it for my logo! Thanks for the compliment I will pass it on to her. Thank you so much for dropping by and for commenting!!
    @ Dee - I enjoy your blog so glad you stopped in and posted.

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