Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
From Shape magazine.
- 1 medium eggplant
- 2 ripe beefsteak tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 12 fresh basil leaves
- 8 slices unsalted fresh mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces total)
- Preheat oven to 425°F
- Slice the eggplant and tomatoes crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Place 8 eggplant slices in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray.
- Set the tomatoes aside.
- In a small bowl combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Brush the mixture over the eggplant and tomato slices, then set the remainder aside.
- Bake the eggplant slices for about 10 minutes.
- Turn them over, brush with more of the olive-oil mixture, then bake for another 10 minutes; set aside.
- Place the tomatoes on the same baking sheet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they're soft.
- Place a slice of cooked eggplant on a work surface. Top with a tomato slice, a basil leaf, a slice of mozzarella, a tomato slice, another slice of cheese, then a basil leaf. Finish the stack with a slice of eggplant.
- Repeat to make three more stacks.
- When ready to serve return the stacks to the oven for about 5 minutes to reheat and melt the cheese.
- Top each with a drizzle of the remaining olive-oil mixture and a fresh basil leaf.
I was going to post this recipe and found yours. I too saw this in shape magazine. I used dried basil but I'm sure fresh would even be better. I recommend cooking everything on a broiler pan as mine became very juicy by the time it was done. I also would skin the eggplant first but that's just my personal preference. Thanks for posting!