Prep 35 mins
Cook 0 mins
I found this recipe on the internet somewhere, but have tweaked it a bit. Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables, but I haven't found all that many recipes where it is allowed to take center stage; it is usually buried under so many other ingredients and flavors. This recipe is also a nice way to use up left-over pesto. Preparation time is mainly standing time for the eggplant as it drains its bitter juices.
- 1 lb eggplant
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 tablespoons pesto sauce
- 4 ounces grated mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)
- 4 tablespoons grated fresh parmesan cheese or 4 tablespoons romano cheese
- Pre-heat oven at 375°F, and oil a shallow baking pan.
- Cut the eggplant crosswise into 12 1/3 inch thick slices, discarding the ends.
- Arrange in one layer on paper towels.
- Sprinkle both sides of slices evenly with salt and cover with another layer of paper towels.
- Let eggplant stand 30 minutes.
- Rinse salt off, and pat dry with paper toweling.
- Arrange 4 eggplant slices in one layer in pan and spread each slice evenly with 1 teaspoon pesto.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons mozzarella evenly over pesto on each slice.
- Continue to layer remaining eggplant slices, pesto, and mozzarella in the same way.
- Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon parmesan or romano evenly over each stack and bake in middle of oven until eggplant is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
I have made all kinds of variations of this recipe, and they all turn out great. I have used pesto alone, tomato sauce alone, and both. I have layered the eggplant with tomatoes and zucchini, and put parmesan or feta in the stacks before topping with tomato sauce and parmesan. I serve this atop orzo pasta as a beautiful and filling vegetarian meal. Thanks for the great idea!
This is a great way to "change up" the way I normally serve eggplant -- delicious! I used Classico brand pesto sauce, and the only thing I added was a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts to each layer for a bit of crunch. I baked everything at 400 degrees for a half hour. The eggplant was tender and the flavors were incredible. This will be a regular in my household, as it works beautifully for a main dish or a side dish.
Very good. I made the recipe as directed stacking mine 2 high. They were great.