“I no longer say, as I once did, “I have to work in the garden today.” I say, with deep contentment, “I’m gardening today.” I have truly reaped the bounty of the garden.”
Eggplant is not on everyone’s radar… including mine I must admit. Dave swore by this recipe, but of course I had to add a twist… hence the shiitake mushrooms & Cipollini red onions! I honestly can’t believe how good this was… even my picky Aaron liked it!
Added bonus tip: To find recipes like this one & more, you can go to my blog at www.fordragonfliesandme.com to purchase my original cookbook, Lovingly Seasoned Eats and Treats. The cookbook has almost 1000 recipes on almost 500 pages! Check out the Cookbook Testimonials while you’re there!
Our Favorite Recipes
- I medium to large eggplant
- Pink Himalayan salt- you’ll use this to sweat the eggplant
- 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 1 cup all purpose white flour
- 3 eggs beaten
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil for frying eggplant
- 3 ½ cups Marinara sauce- See my recipe here.
- 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 6 TBSP shredded parmesan cheese
- 3 TBSP Salted butter
- 2 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 fresh garlic clove minced or 2 tsp jarred
- 4 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms- about 8 ounces
- 1 cup diced red cipollini onions
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
PRO TIP: When using vegetables like eggplant, summer squash, & zucchini salting the slices draws out the moisture. By doing so the vegetable is not as mushy or slimy when cooked.
*Take eggplant and slice 6- 1” slices horizontally.
*Place slices on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
*Sprinkle with salt evenly, about ½ tsp on each slice; let set for 15 minutes.
*With a paper towel dab off all the water droplets until dry.
*Turn each slice over and repeat the process.
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
*In a frying pan add the ½ cup oil; heat on medium-high until a drop of water sizzles when dropped into oil.
*While oil is heating up, put eggs, flour, and bread crumbs in three separate bowls.
*Taking 1 slice of eggplant at a time, dip in flour making sure both sides are covered evenly; dip into beaten egg; dip into bread crumbs making sure both sides are covered evenly.
Place breaded eggplant into heated oil and fry on both sides until golden brown, turning once- approximately 1 to 1 ½ minutes on each side. Once they are browned evenly on both sides remove eggplant slices onto a paper towel lined plate; pat dry with paper towel being careful not to rub breading off. Set aside
In a 9×13 pan pour 2 cups of the marinara sauce evenly; place the 6 slices of fried eggplant into the pan
Sprinkle ½ cup of mozzarella cheese onto each slice; Pour ½ cup of the marinara sauce onto the mozzarella in the center; sprinkle 1 TBSP parmesan cheese onto the marinara sauce.
Bake uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
*Remove stems up to the cap of shiitake mushrooms and slice into ¼ inch strips; Dice onions.
*In a frying pan add butter, oil, garlic, mushrooms, onions & 1 tsp of Himalayan salt; sauté on medium-high heat until mushrooms are golden and onions are caramelized- about 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve eggplant slice topped with the mushroom & onion mixture along with any Italian bread you enjoy and a delicious salad!
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For all of you who followed me over from For Dragonflies And Me Facebook page… here’s the Cheesy-Garlicky Dinner Buns How-to recipe I promised! Enjoy friends!
This dinner bun recipe can be found in my cookbook, Lovingly Seasoned Eats & Treats on page 40, the second recipe on the page by Carol Jean Shirk
Cheesy-Garlicky Dinner Buns
Yields about 12 rolls
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Dinner Bun dough:
2 Tbsp. yeast
1 1/2 c warm water
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c oil
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. salt
4-5 c white flour
1/2 cup Shredded cheese, I used Colby jack
Oil for greasing muffin tin
Parmesan Butter Brush On
1 stick salted butter, softened
Add the remaining ingredients and blend well.
1 Tbsp. fresh parmesan cheese, grated
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 tsp. parsley, crushed
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1. Mix yeast into warm water; add sugar, stir in; add oil and beaten egg, mix thoroughly; add 1 cup flour and blend.
2. Add 1 cup of remaining flour at a time mixing in until the dough feels right. It should be a bit tacky; knead for about 2-3 minute’s. Let rise for 30 minutes.
3. Form into tennis ball size balls.
4. Using your thumb, make a hole in the middle of dough ball.
5. Place 1/2 tsp. Parmesan Butter Brush On (follow link below for more gobs more flavored butter recipe) into hole.
Follow this link to my article at Your Home With Karie Engels for more Brush On Herbed Butter recipes.
6. Add 1 Tbsp. shredded cheese into hole.
7. Pinch dough closed being sure to seal it.
8. Place pinched side down in greased muffin tins.
9. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes; place in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-35 minutes, until rolls are golden and firm when touched, or until a knife comes out clean.
10. Remove from heat and place on cooling rack for 3 minutes; take rolls out of muffin tin and place on another cooling rack for about 2 minutes and serve hot with some yummy soup!
So easy and so yummy!
Have a great day!