Layered Eggplant and Polenta Casserole

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 35 mins

Look for precooked polenta logs in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. If using fresh plum tomatoes,, peel them by scoring an X in the bottom with a pairing knife and plunging them into boiling water for several seconds; transfer to an ice bath, and let cool. Slip off and discard peels and seeds. This recipe is for fall weather and the coming of winter - I know I am getting ahead of myself but I want to save this, MarthaStewart.com with some tweaking.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF degrees with rack in upper third.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat; add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms cook, stirring, until soft and lightly golden, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in vinegar, oregano, basil & Italian seasoning; season with pepper.
  5. Remove sauce from heat.
  6. Meanwhile, heat a large cast-iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat; lightly brush eggplant slices with the remaining tablespoon oil.
  7. Working in batches, lay slices in skillet in a single layer; cook until browned and they begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  8. Transfer to a plate.
  9. Spoon about a cup tomato sauce into a 9-inch square baking dish, spreading to coat evenly; arrange eggplant slices snugly in a single layer.
  10. Spoon about 1 cup tomato sauce over eggplant, and arrange polenta rounds in slightly overlapping slices on top.
  11. Repeat with sauce and another layer of eggplant.
  12. Finish by dotting with remaining tomato sauce.
  13. Cover with foil; bake until bubbling and juicy, about 30 minutes.
  14. Remove foil; continue baking until sauce is lightly caramelized and eggplant is tender, about 15 minutes more.
  15. Remove from oven; let cool slightly, and serve.
Most Helpful

4 5

This is probably a 5 star recipe with a little tweaking. It was really tasty, but it was a lot of work. (2 skillets plus oven, and in my case I cooked the polenta in a pot, also!) I'll mix some spaghetti sauce in with the polenta next time. Also, when the recipe says "tomato sauce," I think it means the tomato/onion/mushroom mixture, which for me wasn't anything close to a "sauce." Also, the recipe says "pepper" when I think it means "red pepper flakes," so I inadvertently didn't add those until the very end. Would've been a lot better with the heat mixed evenly through. This is a great mixture of ingredients, but the recipe could use some polishing and tweaking. Thanks for posting Manami, I hope to try it again!

5 5

Wow! This is a keeper. I followed the recipe, except I made polenta. Easy to do, and the familly loved it!