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Long slices of grilled eggplant are layered with tomatoes and several cheeses, so it becomes a kind of lasagna without pasta. While the tomatoes cook, they release a good deal of juice, so this dish is a lot juicier, but far easier, than traditional lasagna. I have had this recipe for quite some time and believe it comes from our local newspaper. Prep time includes the 20 minutes of salting and draining the eggplant.
- 2 large eggplants, cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices
- kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- olive oil (for drizzling)
- 1⁄4 cup basil leaves, cut into julienne strips
- 3 large tomatoes, thickly sliced
- 1⁄2 lb Fontina cheese, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 1 cup grated romano cheese
- Using an 8 x 11 inch baking dish (or a dish about tht size).
- Layer the eggplant with salt in a colander.
- Set the colander on a large plate for 20 minutes.
- Rinse the eggplant slices and pat dry.
- Drizzle the eggplant on both sides with oil.
- Cook on a grill, turning often, until cooked through.
- Remove from the grill and set aside.
- Set the over to 350 degrees.
- Rub the inside of the baking dish with oil.
- Layer as follows: Place several slices of eggplant in the dish.
- Add black pepper, 1/2 the basil, 1/2 the tomatoes, 1/3 of the Fontina, 1/3 of the mozzarella, 1/3 of the Romano.
- Continue layering in this way until you have made: 3 layers of eggplant and 2 layers of tomatoes.
- Sprinkle the top layer with the remaining cheese.
- Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the cheese browns and the juices are bubbling at the edges.
- Serve at once.