Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
From Barefoot Contessa's Food Network television show. The episode was entitled "Memory Lane".
- olive oil, for frying
- 3⁄4 lb eggplant, unpeeled, sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 1⁄4 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 extra-large egg
- 1⁄4 cup half-and-half
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, plus
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup good bottled marinara sauce
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Heat about 1/8-inch of olive oil in a very large frying pan over medium heat.
- When the oil is almost smoking, add several slices of eggplant and cook, turning once, until they are evenly browned on both sides and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Be careful, it splatters!
- Transfer the cooked eggplant slices to paper towels to drain.
- Add more oil, heat, and add more eggplant until all the slices are cooked.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the ricotta, egg, half-and-half, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
- In each of 2 individual gratin dishes, place a layer of eggplant slices, then sprinkle with Parmesan, salt and pepper and spoon 1/2 of the marinara sauce.
- Next, add a second layer of eggplant, more salt and pepper, half the ricotta mixture, and finally 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan on top.
- Place the gratins on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the custard sets and the top is browned.
- Serve warm.
Tastewise this is awesome. However, the dish was too greasy for me due to the eggplant soaking up too much oil when frying. I will definitely make this again and will brush the eggplant with olive oil and bake it. I am sure that will solve the problem and make for a healthier dish. Thanks so much for posting this wonderful recipe! Delicious!
Awesome. I sprinkled goat's cheese on top and loved it even more!