Baby Eggplant, Summer Tomato and Basil Casserole
16 baby eggplants, each about 4 inches long
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
4 cloves garlic slivered
4 bunches basil stems removed
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 large tomatoes cut into 1/-inch slices
7 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
1 bunch thyme
2 tablespoons italian parsley chopped
Cut the stems from the eggplants and cut each lengthwise in half. Place the eggplants, skin side down, on a cookie sheet. Make a slit in the center of each eggplant half and insert a garlic sliver and a small basil leaf. Sprinkle with pepper to taste and drizzle with 1/4 cup of the oil over all the eggplant. Cover the pan tightly with with foil and bake 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the oven down to 350 degrees.
Place one layer of eggplant, skin side down in a shallow 13 X 9 inch casserole. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and pepper to taste. Arrange a layer of half the tomatoes over the eggplant and sprinkle with with 3 tablespoons of the parmesan. Sprinkle half the thyme evenly over the cheese and completely cover with a layer of basil. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Repeat layers, using the remaining layer ingredients including all the parmesan. Cover the baking pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake 45 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
Serving Size: 8
I was searching for a recipe for WHOLE eggplants. Haven't tried this but looks great. Will send reply after tomorrow. I can already taste that this is what I wanted :)
Sonya Zack, Location not stated.
Wonderful! We had this with thinly sliced Italian bread (bruschetta style) and it was a meal in itself. Even my carnivorous boys were filled up.
I made this recipe with just the first part (no tomatoes) and added a little goat cheese for the last five minutes uncovered. It was delicious.
Anonymous, Location not stated.
Weird coincidence...I just found this recipe in an old cookbook I have from 1984, It is the Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook. I was looking for a similar recipe that could be make ahead of time.
Laurie, Location not stated.
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