Eggplant parma style

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2½ pounds Eggplant (about 2 large
Plants)
Salt
1 cup Light olive oil
6 ounces Prosciutto -- sliced
Paper-thin
1 large Red onion -- sliced
Paper-thin
⅓ cup Grated Parmesan cheese --
Plus 1/4 cup
1 teaspoon Fresh ground pepper
1½ cup Chunky Tomato Sauce (see
Recipe)
3 tablespoons Minced parsley -- for
Garnish
Roasted Red Peppers-----
2 Red bell peppers, roasted,
Peeled -- sliced 1/4-inch
Thic
1 Clove garlic -- finely
Minced
2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Minced fresh oregano
Salt -- to taste

1. Wash and dry eggplants; slice into rounds about ½ inch thick. Place rounds on baking sheets lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and let stand 2 hours to draw out the bitter juices. Pat dry.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using ¼ cup olive oil at a time, fry eggplant slices on both sides in a large skillet over moderately high heat.

Blot them lightly on paper towels and set aside.

3. Using an 11- by 13-inch baking pan, make layers as follows: eggplant slices, then prosciutto, then onion, then a few red pepper strips, then a light dusting of Parmesan and a sprinkling of pepper, then one-third of the tomato sauce. Repeat two times, ending with tomato sauce. Bake 35 minutes, or until bubbling hot throughout. Dust top with additional Parmesan and parsley. Cool slightly before serving directly from the baking dish.

Serves 4 generously.

Roasted Red Peppers: Place sliced peppers in a medium bowl; add minced garlic, olive oil, and oregano. Salt to taste. Toss to blend and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour before using.

Recipe By : The California Culinary Academy File

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