This is a recipe I have tried from another friend from Group recipes. My friend is of Italian origin but lives in the U.S.A. and is in the catering business. I asked Crystal if she knew anything about this recipe, which used to be her grandmother’s, but unfortunately her late nonna, did not leave any information with the recipes she had left her. As Avignon is near the Italian borders, Chef assumes that maybe because of historical ties the recipe was originally from Avignon.
This recipe appealed to me as soon as I saw it, so I decided that I should give it a try. However, I prepared something else as well in order to try it as a side dish first because I wasn’t sure if my children would like it. However, as we all enjoyed it very much, I wanted to share it with you. The only thing I changed was to add myzithra cheese instead of parmesan, the only reason being that I didn’t have any parmesan at home.
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A tasty and filling vegetarian main dish.
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
1 large eggplant
salt to taste
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup olive oil
4 medium sized tomatoes, skinned, seeded, and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
black pepper to taste
1 and 1/2 spoonful melted butter
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Remove stem and skin eggplant, and cut it crosswise into 1 cm thick slices.
Lay the round slices in a single layer on a plate, sprinkle liberally with salt, and set aside for about 30 minutes to allow the salt to draw out excess moisture.
Wipe salt and excess moisture from eggplant, and dredge in flour.
In wide skillet, heat all but 1 spoonful oil, and fry eggplant, turning once, until browned on both sides. Remove from heat.
In the same skillet, heat the remaining spoonful oil and add the tomatoes, garlic, and sugar.
Cook for approximately five minutes. Add 1 spoonful bread crumbs with salt and black pepper. (Be careful not to add too much salt, as there is still some salt on the eggplants).
In a casserole dish, arrange eggplants and tomatoes, beginning with eggplants on the bottom, and ending with tomatoes on the top.
Combine the remaining bread crumbs with the Parmesan cheese and sprinkle on top. Dribble the melted butter over the casserole.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the bread crumb and cheese topping is browned.