Simple and scrumptious eggplant dishes

April 17, 2008 8:45:24 PM PDT
Don't be intimidated by eggplant anymore. Learn how to make delicious eggplant that even the kids will love!

Luca's Eggplant Parmesan
Melted Eggplant, Slow Roasted Tomato, Burrata and Pangrattato

Ingredients for Six:

  • Melted Eggplant 6 Slices
  • Slow Roasted Tomatoes 6 Halves
  • Burrata 6 X 2oz. Pieces
  • Pangrattato 1 Cup
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 Tablespoons
  • Basil Leaves (Cut Chiffonade) 6 Leaves
  • Shaved Parmesan 2 Ounces

    Procedure

    1. Warm the eggplant and roasted tomatoes in a 375º oven for 5 to 10 minutes until warmed through.
    2. Place a tomato half on top of each eggplant slice then top each tomato with a 2 ounce piece of burrata. Return the pan to the oven for about 2 minutes until the burrata just starts to melt. Remove from the oven and place each layered eggplant onto a warm plate.
    3. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the burrata then season with a turn of the peppermill and top with the chiffonade basil and shaved parmesan. Sprinkle the pangrattato around the eggplant and serve.

    Bull's Eyes

    Ingredients

  • Melted Eggplant 2 Slices
  • Prosciutto 3 Slices
  • Eggs 2 Each
  • Clarified Butter 1 teaspoon
  • Chili Flakes Pinch
  • Slow Roasted Tomatoes (Skins Removed & Roughly Chopped) 1 Cup
  • Sliced Garlic 1 Clove
  • Olive Oil 2 teaspoons
  • Italian Parsley Leaves (Loosely Packed) ½ Cup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

    Procedure

    1. Heat the olive oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and and gently cook until lightly browned around the edges (3 ? 4 minutes) Add the chopped tomato and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season to taste and keep warm.
    2. Place the melted eggplant in a 375 degree oven until warmed through. 9About 10 minutes)
    3. Heat the clarified butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Carefully break 2 eggs into the pan, reduce the heat and allow the eggs to cook slowly until the whites are set and completely cooked and the yolks just warm. Sunny-Side-Up. Season with a little salt and a pinch of chili flakes.
    4. Place the two slices of eggplant in the center of a warm plate. Stir the parsley leaves into the tomato sauce and spoon over the eggplant. Place the sunny-side-up eggs on top and the sliced prosciutto around.

    Melted Eggplant

    Ingredients

  • Globe Eggplant 1 large
  • Kosher Salt 2 tbs.
  • Pepper to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil ½ cup

    Procedure

    1. Slice the eggplant 1/2 inch thick, season with kosher salt on both sides and allow to macerate for at least one hour.
    2. Dry the eggplant and grind a little pepper on both sides. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Place the eggplant in the sauté pan, brown nicely on one side, turn the eggplant over, reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook slowly for 25 ? 30 minutes.

    Pangrattato

    Ingredients

  • Country Bread (Cut in 1/8 inch cubes) 1 Cup
  • Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons
  • Pancetta (Cut in 1/8 inch dice) ½ Cup
  • Chopped Garlic 1 teaspoon
  • Chopped Parsley ¼ Cup
  • Grated Parmesan ¼ Cup

    Procedure

    1. Place the pancetta in a non-stick frying pan and sauté until crispy. Add the chopped garlic and cook 1 minute more. Strain most of the rendered fat and place the mixture in a stainless bowl.
    2. In the same pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the cubed bread and toss over the flame until the bread is nicely toasted. Add the toasted bread to the pancetta mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature.
    3. Add the parsley and parmesan to the bread mixture and season with a few turns of the pepper mill.

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