Eggplant, Tomato and Mozzarella Stacks, Hot or Cold

Recipe by Zurie
READY IN: 30mins
SERVES: 2-4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    eggplants (nicely round, not slender)
  • 4
    teaspoons olive oil (or more)
  • 2
    large ripe tomatoes
  • 8
    slices mozzarella cheese (pre-spiced is fine)
  • finely chopped herbs (like basil, oreganum, thyme)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 4
    tablespoons vinaigrette dressing (if making this a salad)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg Celsius.
  • From each eggplant/aubergine, slice 6 rounds, about 1/3" thick. Discard the thinner ends. You now have 12 rounds. Put a sheet of nonstick baking paper on a cookie tin. Arrange the slices in a single layer, and drizzle each with a little olive oil.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the slices are soft -- do not burn. Cool and keep.
  • To assemble, slice each tomato into 4 even slices, discarding the ends, so you have 8 tomato slices.
  • Chop your herbs of choice finely, or use dried herbs if fresh herbs are not available.
  • Starting with an eggplant slice, stack each of 4 stacks as follows: eggplant, tomato, mozzarella, eggplant again, tomato slice, eggplant, mozzarella slice.
  • SEASON each layer lightly as you go, with just tiny pinches of salt, and a sprinkle of herbs and black pepper.
  • You will have 4 stacks, serving 2 - 4 people.
  • As a warm side dish: heat gently in a warm oven (under cooking point of 212 deg F) until the tomato slices are warm and the mozzarella melts. Delicious with fried chicken pieces/.
  • As a salad: drizzle with a tangy French vinaigrette and serve with toasted bruschetta slices.
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