Now, I pride myself on how un-picky I am where food is concerned. The list of what I won't eat includes insects, octopus (they're so smart and awesome!), cuttlefish (ditto), oysters (tried 'em, hate 'em), brain, tongue, and other internal organs (eeeeeeeeeeew). The foods I'll eat, but I dislike, broadens slightly to include beets, eggplant, clams, and excessive amounts of mayo.
I also pride myself on trying to like things that I dislike and prefer not to eat. Being that Greg loves eggplant and brought it up recently, I thought I'd give it a shot. So, we made some Eggplant Parmesan.
Eggplant Parmesan (from Cooking Light)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 4 (8-ounce) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
- 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (1-pound) eggplants, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
- 1 1/4 cups Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Fresh oregano sprigs (optional)
1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
2. Place eggplant in a large bowl; add water to cover, and let stand 30 minutes. Drain well; blot dry with paper towels. Combine 1/4 cup water and egg whites in a shallow bowl. Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese; stir well. Dip eggplant in egg white mixture, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture. (**NOTE: I forgot to coat the eggplant in parmesan with the breadcrumbs, so I just sprinkled it on when doing the layering in step 4. It worked awesomely, and I recommend the method)
3. Place half of eggplant on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and broil 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat procedure with remaining eggplant. Set eggplant aside.
4. Spread half of tomato mixture in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half of eggplant over sauce; top with half of mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers with remaining sauce, eggplant, and cheese.
5. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh oregano sprigs, if desired.
Calories: 298, 38.8g Carbs, 19.2g Protein, 8.5g Fat