The Leaning Tower of Eggplant

March 31, 2019

The Leaning Tower of Eggplant

IMG_1300.jpeg

I inspect an eggplant.
Read how to choose the best eggplant, here  and here . 

It was February 2019.  It was winter, and it was cold in Maryland.  It was time for me to visit my son, his wife, and their family (my grand children) in South Florida!  :o)

IMG_0520.jpeg

The weather was glorious for my week long visit.

IMG_0324 2

We played at the park.

IMG_0254

We played at the beach.

IMG_0463 2We played at the carnival…

IMG_0469

and ate some, too.

IMG_0587

And, some of the time we rested! :o)

Cooking up some Fun

Cookies

It was a fun- filled week!!! A lot of wonderful memories packed into each day.
One afternoon, my 9-year old grand son and I baked chocolate chip cookies!

IMG_0550

Leveling off the flour.

IMG_0555

Scooping out the cookie batter

For this Chocolate chip cookie recipe, go here.

IMG_0562 2

Everyone waits for the cookies to bake, including my son, Trevor, and
my grand daughter. :o)

IMG_0564

Baked chocolate chip cookies, fresh out of the oven. Yum!

IMG_0581

Plus, one extra large one for the baker to enjoy.  :o)

The Leaning Tower of Eggplant, or
Eggplant Stacks

While visiting, I picked up a tasty recipe from my daughter in-law, for Eggplant Stacks.
(I call them “the Leaning Tower of Eggplant” due to the fact that they must be stacked carefully, or they fall over. :o))

IMG_0489 3

Cut eggplant into even 3/4-1 inch thick slices. 

IMG_0490 2

If you want to sweat the eggplant (recommended), do that step here.

IMG_0491 2

You will need 3-4 slices, per “tower”.

IMG_0494 2

Dip one eggplant slice into the egg wash,
and then into the seasoned breadcrumbs with additional spices.

IMG_0495

Cover breaded eggplant slice with spaghetti sauce,
and 
sprinkle slice with shredded mozzarella.

IMG_0503 2.jpeg

Repeat until your tray is filled.

IMG_0509 2.jpeg

Bake at 375 degrees until done.

 

Recipe

The Leaning Tower of Eggplant/Eggplant Stacks

IMG_0511.jpeg

Ingredients

Eggplant

Salt

Italian seasoned bread crumbs

Thyme

Rosemary (optional)

Garlic powder (optional)

PAM cooking spray,
or olive oil

Egg (for egg wash)

Jar of spaghetti sauce (red)

Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

Peel eggplant, if desired,
Cut eggplant into even 3/4-1 inch thick slices. 

Sweat the eggplant.
(Sprinkle salt, over each eggplant slice, top and bottom.
Set the salted, sliced eggplant into a colander (with plate underneath),
and sit a small plate on top of eggplant, letting it rest for 30 minutes, or so.
Rinse and pat dry.)
A wonderful short youtube video on sweating eggplant is here.

Preheat oven to 375.

Prepare a cookie sheet, by covering in aluminum foil, or parchment.
Spray with PAM, or brush a little olive oil, if using foil.

You will need 3-4 eggplant slices, per stack/tower.

Mix breadcrumbs with desired amount of thyme, rosemary, and optional garlic powder.

Beat egg well for egg wash.

Layer…

Dip one eggplant slice into egg wash, and then into seasoned breadcrumbs with additional spices.
(If you wish to air fry, or fry, your eggplant, do so here.)

Place onto prepared cookie sheet.

Cover slice with spaghetti sauce.
Sprinkle with spices.

Sprinkle slice with shredded mozzarella.

Repeat two more times until you have one stack.

Repeat this process for each stack.

Place into preheated oven for about 20 minutes,
or until eggplant is tender and cheese is melted.

Annette’s notes-My daughter in-law, Tanya, made this again last week, and after dipping the eggplant Into the egg wash, she air fried them, and then assembled the stacks, and baked them.  She said that air frying made these even more delicious.

Enjoy!

 

I’m Annette Stuff

IMG_5044

I attempt to post my blog once per month.
Look for my next blog post on, or around,
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Thanks to my blog readers!  I love hearing your kind comments!
Please post yours positive thoughts in my comment section.

Become an I’m Annette follower!  It’s easy!!! It’s fun!!! It’s free!!!!
Receive my blog via email, FREE,(yes, I said FREE), immediately upon posting.
Sign up now, on the right-hand side of this page, or click here.

IMG_0644

This over-sized eggplant (Statue “Aubergine” by Jan Kirsh) greets visitors to the
Old Ellicott City/Howard County Welcome Center
in Maryland.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The Leaning Tower of Eggplant

  1. Jennifer Sharpe says:

    How beautiful Annette. Happy reading Love Jenny. Xx

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s