Thursday, September 5, 2013

Easy Baked Eggplant!

At the local community college where I work, the horticulture department started a “farmer’s market” to help use their excess supply of garden goodies.  Today I came home with two Italian Heirloom Eggplants, a couple of different varieties of garlic, some banana peppers and a bag of potatoes.

I decided to try a baked eggplant recipe that turned out sooo good, that I just had to share it with you! I started out by finding a good basic recipe from the Mr. Food websiteBut the recipe called for mayonnaise, which I don’t keep in my fridge.  I do have some eggs, though, so I did some adjusting and came up with this….I hope you try it sometime!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Slice your eggplant into ½” slices

Sprinkle with salt on both sides to help absorb some of the moisture, and let it sit for 15 minutes.  I’ve read in a few places that the final product won’t be as soggy after it’s been baked. 
While your eggplant slices are resting in the salt, pour some seasoned bread crumbs in a bowl or plate.  I had plain bread crumbs in my pantry, so I added a few teaspoons of Italian seasoning.
Crack an egg and put it in a separate bowl or plate.

After 15 minutes, dip the eggplant slices into the egg, then the bread crumbs, and place the slices in an oiled baking tray.
I decided to add some shredded parmesan and some fresh diced tomatoes on top.Bake for about 30 minutes or until the breading is a lovely golden brown.
Serve with some fresh fruit, a cold six grain rice salad with orange peppers, walnuts and chopped fresh mint,  and a glass of herb infused water (or your favorite wine in your favorite wine glass….I’m having some plum wine today!  Yum!)
What's that?  You want to know what kind of rice that is?  It's Kagayaki six grain rice, and contains black rice, purple barley, hull-less barley, rye berries, red rice, and short grain brown rice.  I bought it at my (not so) local Mistuwa store.  Well worth the one hour drive to get it though! 

Healthy Food Rating:  Pretty darn healthy
Taste factor:  ditto
Ease to prepare:  Really! And minimum clean up, too.  While the eggplant is cooking, you have plenty of time to wash the dishes and prepare your lunch for the next day!

Thanks today go to Linda for encouraging me to eat healthier, the horticulture department at CLC for their bounty of vegetable goodness and Diana for the very special wine glass!

Bon appetit! 

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Virginia Woolf