Cheesy Eggplant (Aubergine) Pesto Stacks

"I found this recipe on the internet somewhere, but have tweaked it a bit. Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables, but I haven't found all that many recipes where it is allowed to take center stage; it is usually buried under so many other ingredients and flavors. This recipe is also a nice way to use up left-over pesto. Preparation time is mainly standing time for the eggplant as it drains its bitter juices."
 
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Ready In:
35mins
Ingredients:
5
Serves:
4
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ingredients

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directions

  • Pre-heat oven at 375°F, and oil a shallow baking pan.
  • Cut the eggplant crosswise into 12 1/3 inch thick slices, discarding the ends.
  • Arrange in one layer on paper towels.
  • Sprinkle both sides of slices evenly with salt and cover with another layer of paper towels.
  • Let eggplant stand 30 minutes.
  • Rinse salt off, and pat dry with paper toweling.
  • Arrange 4 eggplant slices in one layer in pan and spread each slice evenly with 1 teaspoon pesto.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons mozzarella evenly over pesto on each slice.
  • Continue to layer remaining eggplant slices, pesto, and mozzarella in the same way.
  • Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon parmesan or romano evenly over each stack and bake in middle of oven until eggplant is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

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Reviews

  1. sunana1
    I have made all kinds of variations of this recipe, and they all turn out great. I have used pesto alone, tomato sauce alone, and both. I have layered the eggplant with tomatoes and zucchini, and put parmesan or feta in the stacks before topping with tomato sauce and parmesan. I serve this atop orzo pasta as a beautiful and filling vegetarian meal. Thanks for the great idea!
     
  2. FireRaven
    This is a great way to "change up" the way I normally serve eggplant -- delicious! I used Classico brand pesto sauce, and the only thing I added was a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts to each layer for a bit of crunch. I baked everything at 400 degrees for a half hour. The eggplant was tender and the flavors were incredible. This will be a regular in my household, as it works beautifully for a main dish or a side dish.
     
  3. Lorac
    Very good. I made the recipe as directed stacking mine 2 high. They were great.
     
  4. rosslare
    Very tasty!
     
  5. manrat
    Great recipe. I usually don't like eggplant, but this was good. I just put the stacks on parchment paper so that I wouldn't have to use any extra oil to grease the pan and it worked out well. Will make again!
     
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Tweaks

  1. the veggie plot
    Very nice, i really love eggplants and this was a good one to try. I tried to make it lower in fat so used just 40g of low fat chedder instead of the mozzarella. Still very cheesey and alot less calories. Thanks
     

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