Eggplant "Parmigiana" Style

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 c. (about 4 oz.) Aged Asiago cheese, grated
  • 1/4 c. dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 eggplant (about 24 oz.) cut crosswise in 16 thin (3/16") slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 c. seasoned tomato or marinara sauce, homemade or top quality purchased
  • 8 oz. Fresh Mozzarella cheese, cut in 16 slices
  • 16 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp. capers, rinsed
  • 1/4 c. Italian green olives, pitted and sliced 3/16-inch thick

Instructions:

In small bowl, mix Asiago Cheese, breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil; set aside.

Using 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, brush eggplant slices on both sides; season with salt and pepper. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill each slice 3 minutes; turn and grill 2 minutes longer. Remove slices and cool.

Heat oven to 425°F. In large baking pan, spoon 8 tablespoons of tomato sauce in 8 circles. Place a slice of eggplant over each pool of sauce. Top with 1 slice Mozzarella, a basil leaf and another tablespoon of sauce. Repeat layers, using all ingredients and ending with all remaining tomato sauce. Sprinkle the cheese/crumb mixture over each eggplant stack. Drizzle remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over all stacks. Bake 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle capers and olives over each stack.

*If made ahead and refrigerated, reduce oven temperature to 375°F and bake 25 minutes.

Photo & recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.