This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Eggplant parmasan

I finally made eggplant parmigiana tonight. It was fantastic! I like a recipe from "The Romagnoli's Table", with my modifications.

Fried Eggplant: 3 medium eggplant, salt, flour, olive oil

Sauce: 4 halved garlic cloves, 1 small chopped onion, 1 24 oz can chopped tomatoes, 6-8 big basil leaves, some salt, 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup grated parmasan cheese

Topping: 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs, 1 sliced fresh tomato

Preheat oven to 350. Slice eggplant into long 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Salt liberally. Let stand 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make sauce: Saute onion and garlic until golden. Add canned tomatoes, basil and salt. Simmer 15 minutes. Scrape salt off eggplant, then rinse, lightly squeeze and pat dry. Dredge in flour and fry oil intil golden. Drain on paper towels. In baking dish, layer tomato sauce, fried eggplant, some mozzarella and parmasan cheese. Repeat these layers until everything is used up ending with sauce. Layer on tomato slices then top with bread crumbs and a little cheese. Bake for 15-30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.

My eggplant variety this year is called "Classic". Its just what they had at my local nursery this spring. Its described as a midseason hybrid with deep purple-black fruit, elongated teardrop shape and vigorous plants that stand up well to stress.

I just noticed that a Cornell site has a great list of varities of vegetables with ratings and sources. "Classic" is one of the 99 varieties of eggplants they list! It is rated 4 of 5 points. I think I'll check out this site more when I'm thinking about seeds in mid-winter.

topic: eggplant

Skippy's vegetable recipes

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Blogger Jonathan said...

I really enjoy reading your blog, and your tempting me to hurry up and plant some Egg Plant before it's too late. Great pics.


March 25, 2010 1:13 PM


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