I have started loving Italian food (apart from pizzas)and am trying to make it at home.Only thing is it should be vegetarian. I loved the Eggplant Parmigiana that I had from the nearby Italian Grill and tried to make it at home.I got the recipe from Food Network site and here's it.
Eggplant : 1 medium
Basil leaves:1/2 tspn
Mozzarella Cheese shredded:1/2 cup
Parmesan Cheese grated:1/2 cup
Cut the eggplants into 1 inch thick pieces.Mix with salt and keep aside for 10 minutes. Then pat the pieces dry by placing them on a paper towel or slightly squeezing them between your hands .I squeezed them and this should be done in such a way that they do not lose their shape.
Preheat the oven to 475F.Spray a baking dish with olive oil and arrange the eggplant pieces on this dish and top it with ground pepper.Bake in the oven for around 12-15 minutes.Otherwise you can put them in a tawa and roast them.Keep aside.
Reduce the oven temp to 350F.Spray a baking dish with olive oil.Place 2 or 3 eggplant pieces as a layer(adjacent to each other).If your baking dish is small you can place a single eggplant piece as a layer.Top the eggplant layer with marinara sauce. You can make your own marinara / spaghetti sauce or buy them.I used store bought one which made this recipe a quickie. On top the sauce sprinkle dried basil leaves. On top of the basil you can keep a fresh mozzarella cheese slice or use the shredded one. I used the latter.Even mozzarella blended with other cheeses goes well with it.On top of mozzarella sprinkle parmesan.Top this with eggplant pieces and repeat the entire process of eggplant-sauce-basil-2 cheeses till all the eggplant pieces are over.Bake for 20 minutes.Serve hot.
Update on Friday July 18th,2008:
I am sending this dish to A.W.E.D-Italian as a Main Course-Vegetarian.Enjoy