They say in the Middle East that you can't get married until you know 101 ways to cook eggplant. I was recently married, and I'm counting this as one of my ways. I found this recipe online and loved the unique way of preparing the eggplant... hope you do too!
- Slice the eggplant in thin discs, sprinkle evenly with salt, and place in layers in a colander over the sink.
- Place a weighted bowl directly on top of the eggplant and let drain for 30 minutes.
- Remove the weight, turn over the eggplant, and let drain another 30 minutes.
- While the eggplant is draining, heat oil, onion and garlic and cook on medium heat until onion turns transparent and garlic is browned.
- Add the spices and stir to coat the onion.
- Add the tomatoes and cook until it boils.
- Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Pat eggplant dry with paper towels.
- In a frying pan, fry eggplant in a layer of oil 2 minutes per side.
- In a casserole, arrange layers of eggplant and tomato sauce, ending with sauce.
- Bake uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes.
Delicious for DD1 (5 years ol) and I! We enjoyed this over quinoa pasta. I used half the amount of whole plum tomatoes I wizzed in the blender with a tad more water until it was a sauce. I used a medium eggplant, sea salt, to taste, organic light tasting extra virgin olive oil, organic onion, sweet paprika, freshly ground black pepper, to taste, organic garlic cloves, plus the rest of the ingredients. I may make this again.