The title of this dish would have been even longer if I added all of the star ingredients! In addition to the mushroom, fennel, and eggplant, there are some Brussels sprouts and, optional cooked tofu or vegan chicken…all atop green rice noodles and shredded cabbage.
It may seem like a lot of work but it makes 8 hearty-sized bowls brimming with goodness. And yes, you can substitute ingredients or add some additional ones to your taste.
Although it seems like this recipe would take hours in the kitchen, truth be told, it comes together in only about an hour.
One of my favorite dishes is eggplant parmesan. It is, however, tedious and takes a good amount of time to prepare. Therefore, it is a dish that generally only make for special occasions.
This recipe has a lot of delicious summer flavors and comes together in a fraction of the time it takes to make eggplant parmesan. It is great served by itself, with hard-crusted bread, or pasta.
1: It is important to remove extra moisture and eliminate any bitterness from the eggplant. To accomplish this, keep the skin on the cleaned and dried eggplant, slice it into 1/2″ slices, and place them on paper towels. Sprinkle each round with salt and cover with another layer of paper towels. Let the rounds sit for at least 15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes. Gently pat dry, keeping some of the salt on the eggplant. Then, proceed to slice each of the rounds into quarters.
2. Eggplants, zucchini, and tomatoes vary in size. If you have too many veggies to fit into a 9×13″ casserole, put the remainder into a second smaller casserole.
Eggplant is one of those fruit-based veggies that you either love or not. Most people only ever eat it deep-fried and smothered in sauce and cheese but, believe it or not, eggplant takes the stage as a key ingredient in many traditional Eastern dishes.
My creation has some sherry in it, which burns off so you don’t need to worry about the alcohol content. However, you can always substitute a mix of 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% water.
This recipe makes an ample amount of sauce but if you want more, I would suggest doubling it. The dish is best served warm, although it can be eaten cold, and keeps in the refrigerator for about 4 days. When reheating, add a small amount of water to help rehydrate the noodles or rice.
NOTE: Make sure you salt your eggplant pieces and set them aside on paper towels for 15 to 30 minutes. Pat dry and remove excess salt before cooking. This will ensure that the eggplant cooks properly without absorbing too much cooking oil.