July 15, 2009

Eggplant Heaven

To me, this is what Heaven looks like:

The Great Kitchen Purge continues. With only the purchase of an eggplant, I was able to make a monster eggplant parmesan built for one hungry Diana-face. I used up the last of my cheese, marinara and bread crumbs in the process, all things that needed to get gone for one reason or another. For that matter, I only used half of the eggplant, so tomorrow's dinner will be inevitably heavenly as well. Perhaps another round of Baba-Humma? I do still have enough hummus to feed most of Mesopotamia...

I digress. I was daydreaming of eggplant. What was I talking about? Oh, right:

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 large eggplant, sliced into half moons, 1/2 inch thick
  • bread crumbs
  • dried Italian herbs, garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • marinara sauce
  • mozzarella cheese, grated
I didn't really measure anything, because this is something I know how to do by heart, though I think it originated from a Weight Watchers recipe my mom showed me many moons ago. I'm pretty sure my version takes less than half the time to make, however. Here it is:
  1. Preheat the oven to broil.
  2. Whisk the egg in a small bowl with a wide bottom.
  3. Pour out a generous amount of bread crumbs on a plate; sprinkle in your desired amount of the seasonings and combine througout.
  4. Dredge eggplant slices in the egg and then coat with the crumb mixture. Spread onto a cookie sheet prepared with cooking spray.
  5. Broil for 5 minutes; flip the slices over and broil for 5 more minutes. Reduce heat to 350* and remove eggplant from the oven.
  6. Layer eggplant, sauce and cheese in a small casserole dish until eggplant is used up.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes and serve.
That's pretty much the most vague recipe ever, but I also believe in adjusting proportions to suit your own taste. I, for example, prefer a generous amount of sauce with minimal cheese. It's a prescription to play with.

As for today's Vegas installment, I realize that my mini updates from last week revealed most of what we did, so the suspense I'm building is minimal, but I'm holding off on posting another batch of pictures until tomorrow. Here's a hint, though:

It was really, really fast.

11 comments:

katherine said...

First of all, that's an AWESOME picture at the end of your post!! Second, the eggplant parm looks fantastic-o!

RunToFinish said...

mmm now i'm dreaming of eggplant too

Olga said...

mmm that eggplant looks amazing!

Hahahah that thing DOES look fast, their faces are insane!

lilveggiepatch said...

HAHA that picture is hilarious!!

Love me some eggplant parm. Not a bad way to clean out the kitchen!

Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) said...

Would you believe I've never cooked an eggplant?

Believe it, I'm sticking by it.

brandi said...

that picture is hilarious!

i love eggplant parm and yours looks great!

healthy ashley said...

I love that last photo!!!!

And your eggplant looks fantastic. That is one of my favorite dishes by far. Yum :)

K from ksgoodeats said...

Hahaha at the last picture! That's hilarious!

I've never had eggplant parm but it sounds and looks incredible!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Hahahaha that's hilarious! Did they catch any bugs?
I just love your unrecipe. It looks delicious.

Jenny said...

oh my god how the heck did ya manage to capture that picture! it is the bomb.com!

Elina said...

That DOES look like heaven! I still have your other recipe saved. I may have to do back-to-back eggplant nights too with these 2 :)