Its been years since Want Food Ideas evolved from a small catering business to regular cooking classes in my home. The prevalence of cooking on television has exposed us to a huge array of options and better knowledge of cuisines and ingredients. I say if it encourages more people to get into the kitchen, then fabulous.
At the insistence of my loyal students and friends I’ve revived the Want Food Ideas brand to bring you my favourite recipes, tried and true – ready for easy entertaining.
Monday, 23 April 2012
I am not sure where I got the original idea for this recipe. Maybe a very old Gourmet Traveller, its a variation on the American Eggplant Parmigana. I have been making it for so long and it has become another family favourite. It can be made ahead and
reheated. It is delicious and some have even thought it contained meat!!! This
will make enough for 8 people cooked in a large rectangular ceramic baker which
you can take to the table. A great vegetarian dish.
3 - 4 large
Eggplant thinly sliced
mozzarella 100 gram parmesan
beaten together with some S&P
Extra parmesan to serve
large rectangular baking dish with oil to stop frittata from sticking. I salt
my sliced eggplant, and leave to sweat. There are two schools of thought on
this procedure, but I do find it removes the bitterness especially if they are
slightly seeded. Rinse and pat dry with paper towel.
eggplant, heat the oil in a large fry pan, and fry the eggplant, until golden
and drain on paper towel. Cover the
bottom of the baking dish with some of the tomato sauce, and layer the
eggplant, sauce, a small amount of the beaten egg, and mozzarella, repeating
layers and top with remaining egg mixture and mozzarella. Cook in 180C oven for 30 - 40 minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese and green salad.
1 Large Onion
3-4 cloves Garlic
1 kilo chopped or tinned tomatoes 2-3 tins
Basil, Parsley, Chives
with the amounts it’s better to make more than you need. It is also great in a
garlic and onions until soft and add tinned tomatoes, salt and pepper, chopped
basil etc. Cook gently for 15
minutes. If quantity needs to be
increased add tomato puree, like Pomi, Sugocasa etc.