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.