Well, it has been a long time since writing in a Charm Offensive matter. Lord knows, it would take a blizzard to make me pour out my cooking prowess. Since I last left you, I have been busy with work, travels, and beginning a relationship, life gets in the way and you find yourself out of the kitchen for a while. Thankfully, the blizzard conditions have provided some time back in the kitchen.
Since I was craving Italian food, I did not want to resort to a frozen pizza (that’s for Super Bowl and I will include the tricks tomorrow). I had an eggplant to use from my last grocery store trip, a jar of delicious Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce with Cabernet Sauvignon, and mozzarella cheese to use. I decided to make Eggplant Parmesan, as it is an easy vegetarian dish to make. This recipe has received rave reviews from both the non-vegetarian and vegetarian audiences. It was my second time using the broiler element in the oven, and I was petrified that I would burn down the house (especially after my last experience making bruschetta). However, it turned out perfectly with no crispy burning. Enjoy this dish with a glass of Pinot Noir or Cabernet Franc, and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery.
1 Eggplant (peeled and sliced)
1/4 c. Italian Bread Crumbs
2 tsp. Olive Oil
1/3 c. finely shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 c. Marinara Sauce (I used Bertolli’s Vineyard Spaghetti Sauce)
1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Set the oven to broil. Spray both sides of each eggplant slice with cooking spray. Place on rack in broiler pan. Broil with tops 4-5 inches from heat about 10 minutes, flip eggplant half way.
While eggplant is broiling, combine parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Toss with olive oil.
Meanwhile, heat the sauce in a saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Remove from heat; cover to keep warm.
Sprinkle 1 c. of mozzarella cheese over eggplant slices. Spoon bread crumb mixture over cheese. Broil for a minute or until cheese is melted and crumbs are brown. Top eggplant with sauce and remaining 1/2 c. of mozzarella cheese.