Monday, August 15, 2011

Eggplant Romano

Eggplant RomanoThis dish is a combination of three or four different recipes, mostly from Carol Gelles's 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes. It is definitely one of the more complicated and time-consuming meals we make, but I think it's worth the trouble occasionally as a special treat.

1 eggplant (1¼ lbs)
½ t salt, divided
1 lb ground beef
½ c minced onions (2 oz)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t oregano
½ t thyme
¼ t pepper
1½ c diced tomatoes (14 oz)
1½ c almond flour (6 oz)
1 c grated Romano cheese (2 oz)
1 egg, beaten with 2 T water
½ c heavy cream
½ c shredded mozzarella cheese (2 oz)
  1. Cut eggplant into ¼-in slices. Sprinkle with ¼ t salt and set in a colander to drain.
  2. Brown ground beef with onions. Drain grease and add garlic, oregano, thyme, and pepper. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 min.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and simmer until thick, stirring occasionally.
  4. Blend together almond flour and cheese until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  5. Pour almond mixture into a shallow dish and beaten egg into a second dish.
  6. Drain eggplant well and pat dry. Dip each piece in the egg and the into the almond mixture, lightly coating both sides.
  7. Fry slices over medium heat on a griddle brushed with oil until the coating is browned and crispy, about 4 min per side.
  8. Stir cream into tomato sauce and remove from heat.
  9. Arrange half the eggplant slices on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Cover with half the sauce. Make another layer of eggplant and cover with remaining sauce.
  10. Sprinkle mozzarella over the top layer of sauce.
  11. Bake at 350°F for 35-40 min or until cheese is browned and eggplant is cooked through.
  12. Let stand a few minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 slice
Serving per Recipe 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 243
Total Fat 18.0 g
  Saturated Fat 6.0 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 2.3 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 8.5 g
Cholesterol 59 mg
Sodium 211 mg
Potassium 392 mg
Total Carbohydrates 8.3 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
  Sugars 0.7 g
Protein 13.9 g

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