Eggplant Parmesan – Deconstructed:
June is a month of MANY local Art Fairs! Unfortunately, nearly every weekend (so far) has been very rainy (or worse, rainy AND windy). Just this past weekend, several Fairs were cancelled (or blown away). I really do feel bad for so many Artists caught in the continuous rain drops.
In spite of the weather, I’ve recently been hosting a few artists/friends in town for the Fairs. I’ve enjoyed hosting, and cooking, for my friends — A great chance to try out a few new recipes. And then when they leave, and I have an assortment of leftover ingredients, I try out a few more recipes, just for myself.
Example – I made a huge batch of Lasagne for my friends (comfort food after a chilly/rainy Fair day), but I had a bit of Lasagne SAUCE left over. Just enough to use as a simple Pasta Sauce. Instead, it was a perfect amount for trying a new Eggplant Parmesan – Baked in some favorite Bowls (made by Delores Fortuna)!
The Food – Eggplant Parmesan:
I love (LOVE) Eggplant Parmesan! But I haven’t made it much lately because it always seemed like too much of an undertaking. Coating the Eggplant slices with breadcrumbs — Just not my favorite thing to do. But I recently found a recipe for a quick and easy, and updated, and totally flexible recipe/technique – That included a sprinkle of breadcrumbs, but NOT the whole breadcrumb-coating step.
Furthermore – I had just the right additional ingredients (leftover Lasagne Sauce, plenty of fresh Mozzarella, and an Eggplant). I’m calling it Eggplant Parmesan Deconstructed. I roasted the Eggplant slices (with a bit of olive oil) on trays in the oven (so easy). I layered/arranged slices in shallow bowls with the Sauce, sprinkled some breadcrumbs (and some Parmesan), topped with plenty of fresh Mozzarella and a bit more Parmesan. A quick bake in the oven — And wonderful, scrumptious, cheesy/cheesy Eggplant Parmesan!!
Here is a Link to the Recipe that inspired me. And my own ‘adjusted’ Recipe is available on my Recipes Page.
The Pottery — Bowls by Delores Fortuna:
Delores Fortuna, an artist in Galena, Illinois — Creates wonderful, intelligent, practical pottery! I picked up several of these Shallow Bowls (each one unique) last year during the St. Croix Pottery Tour. They were exactly what I wanted as Pasta Bowls. So of course, they were perfect for my Eggplant Parmesan. And because they’re a bit ‘straight-sided’ they were perfect for a bit of final eggplant-baking.
Delores creates with her own Porcelain (clay recipe) — Refined, a hint of whimsy, but everyday-practical. She makes tableware, baking pieces, large serving pieces, vases, and so much more. All with her earth-toned glazes and lively black lines — Refreshing, geometric statements. I LOVE the Platter below!!
Sure hope everyone is having a very pleasant month-of-June! And for anyone participating in Art Fairs — Sure hope it quits raining!! Happy Eggplant everyone!