Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Eggplant Parmesan


One night I was searching for the perfect recipe for the perfect yellow cake with chocolate icing...
my friend Terrie told me she had found it on a wonderful blog called Eggbeater...I had a lovely evening reading Shuna's blog and checking out her wonderful recipes and found she described eggplant Parmesan and her description really made me hungry for it...I had an eggplant in the fridge and the next day I went for it. I even wrote her and asked for her recipe and she kindly gave me her "method"...which is pretty much how I usually prepare it...except she recommended making one's own bread crumbs...which I did...and it was fabulous, the homemade crumbs made all the difference in the world...I made my usual sauce with a can of San Marzano tomatoes, garlic,some hot red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and good olive oil.
A big handful of fresh basil from my garden and some fresh parsley...just cooked it down until it was not at all watery...fried my eggplant and drained it and layered it in the dish with sauce and grated mozzarella and freshly grated parmesan....it was delicious...Some years ago I had stopped frying the eggplant and baked it....all in the interest of good health. This time I said what the hell, threw caution to the wind and fried them...I had several lovely meals from one eggplant...
It was wonderful!
Thanks Shuna for the inspiration...
Here is a link to Shuna's Eggplant Parmesan Method...

and I still need to try the cake!

8 comments:

  1. Hi Linda. Just found your blog and I'm glad I did! Beautiful photos and great recipes. I'll be coming back soon.

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  2. GirrrRRRRL! That looks really wonderful. I love eggplant parmesan. I will remember to make my own breadcrumbs next time I prepare this. Great tip!

    Glad to see you cooking! ;)

    xoxo

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  3. Linda..this is one of my fave meals~
    I remember when our friend treated us to it and then showed me how.The first celebration dinner at our home w/ the whole gang was that w/ a side of pasta w/ the fresh sauce..
    Not Michelina's or Lean Cuisine..But OMGosh.I still crave it.Yours looks ..sublime:)~I tend to make it more in winter..crazy..as eggplant will be plentiful soon here too.I may have to throw caution to the wind~
    Your presentation is lovely~

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  4. Linda, this looks so delicious! Your photos are so gorgeous, they make me want to sit down to a second dinner (and I never do that!)

    It is one of my favorite meals too, I must make it soon as a special treat, while fresh basil is still with us. :) xo~m.

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  5. Oh, this looks so good and I would love a plateful, but that means I would have to turn on the oven. It was 107 yesterday, not quite as hot today but no cooking until it cools off.

    How about stopping by with a plate? I'd be your friend forever.

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  6. There isn't anything better than Eggplant Parmesan! It is always delicious. Great photos...I haven't made my own breadcrumbs but think I will give that a try!

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  7. Linda.......This looks so good. Great photography. I'm going to try this as my DH's favourite food is 'eggplant'. I will also try and make my own breadcrumbs.
    Thanks for sharing.......

    Erica

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  8. Linda, this looks so good. I can't wait to make it soon. ((hugs)) Regina

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