Cook: MM Eggplant Parmesan with Crisp Bread Crumb Topping

Nothing warms you up on a cold winter’s day than a meal hot out of the oven and with this week’s Meatless Monday recipe, Eggplant Parmesan with Crisp Bread Crumb Topping, you can leave the oven door open for a bit after baking to warm your kitchen, too! I love the crunchy bread crumb topping! How delightful would this be with a nice warm spincah salad, some crusty bread and a bottle of red wine?!? Bon Appetit!

Eggplant Parmesan with Crisp Bread Crumb Topping

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus about 2 cups for frying

1 onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, very finely chopped

Two 28-ounce cans whole, peeled Italian tomatoes, drained

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

8 small eggplants (1/2 pound each), cut lengthwise 1/2 inch thick

3 tablespoons coarsely chopped basil

1 pound lightly salted fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced and torn into small pieces

1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

  1. In a large skillet, heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Using your hands, crush the whole tomatoes into the skillet. Bring to a simmer and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is very thick, about 25 minutes. Transfer the tomato sauce to a food processor and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, in a very large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of olive oil. Season the eggplant slices with salt and pepper. Working in several batches, cook the eggplant over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden on both sides, about 8 minutes per batch; add more olive oil to the skillet between batches. Drain the eggplant slices on paper towels.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°. Spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce in a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Arrange one-third of the fried eggplant slices in the baking dish and sprinkle all over with 1 tablespoon of the chopped basil. Top with one-third of the torn mozzarella and sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat this layering twice. Sprinkle the bread crumbs all over the top of the eggplant Parmesan. Bake in the upper third of the oven for about 45 minutes, until the top of the eggplant Parmesan is golden and the tomato sauce is bubbling. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Make Ahead: The assembled eggplant Parmesan can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 1 day. Bring the eggplant Parmesan to room temperature before baking. Notes This dish is extremely versatile. The eggplant can be sliced lengthwise or crosswise before it’s fried. In addition, the eggplant Parmesan can be baked in a glass or ceramic baking dish that is round, oval, rectangular or square. Serve With Green salad and crusty Italian or peasant bread.



Cook: MM Butternut Squash Tart with Fried Sage

Butternut Squash Tart with Fried Sage

Doesn’t this sound divine?!?  This Butternut Squash Tart with Fried Sage from Epicurious may take a little longer than some of the earlier MM posts, but it will be well worth it when you bite into the savory yet slightly sweet squash and get the crunch from the puff pastry and fried sage! How many ways can you say yum? Bon appetit!!

Cook: Menu for Week June 4-8, 2012 | Food & Wine

I don’t know about you, but it’s the last week of school for us and that means life is even crazier than usual!  On top of that our oldest son is graduating from high school and we are hosting a huge celebration at our house! (Will share more about this later:)) Needless to say life can’t get a whole lot busier.  Hopefully, this week’s recipes will make your week (and mine) run a bit more smoothly! Turkey Fried Rice with Potao Chips pictured above…should be interesting. Bon appetit!