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Monday, March 19, 2012

Eggplant Mozzarella with Roasted Asparagus

Like eggplant parmesan? Well, you're going to loooove eggplant mozzarella. Imagine ooey gooey melted mozzarella layered on top perfect prosciutto, bold marinara, and crispy-crunchy eggplant. Did I mention all of this is on top of roasted asparagus. Yeah-- this combo is a winnner!! 

oh my. 


Eggplant Mozzarella with Roasted Asparagus
serves 4 
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 eggplant, pealed and sliced
  • 8 slices of fresh mozzarella 
  • 8 slices of prosciutto 
  • 2 cups of your favorite jarred marinara [mine is Wegman's Grandpa's Sauce]
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 large bunch of fresh asparagus
  • EVOO 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  1. pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. clean + snap asparagus. place in oven safe baking dish. drizzle with EVOO, sprinkle with s+p and lemon juice. roast for 15-20 minutes, or until bright green + tender. 
  3. meanwhile, sprinkle eggplant slices with salt to draw out the moisture for 30-50 minutes.
  4. rinse eggplant slices off with water + pat dry. 
  5. next, mix bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and Italian Seasoning in a medium bowl with a large opening. 
  6. heat a thin layer of EVOO in a large pan over med-high heat. 
  7. begin breading eggplant by dipping in egg wash and then into bread crumb mixture. repeat with each eggplant slice. 
  8. place eggplant slices in pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. 
  9. then reduce heat, spoon marinara over each piece of eggplant, place a piece of proscuitto on top of marinara, and finish with the mozzarella on top. 
  10. for you veggie lovers out there--skip the proscuitto part [and save it for me!]
  11. finally, remove asparagus from oven, and turn the broiler on high. 
  12. place pan with eggplant stacks under broiler to melt the mozzarella. 
  13. to serve, layer asparagus with the eggplant stacks on top. 




sprinkle with chopped parsley, if you're feeling fancy!

ya dig? dig in. 

xoxo

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1 Comments:

At March 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM , Anonymous Tastefully Julie said...

I see we both shop at Wegmans :) Eggplant and asparagus sounds delish! And my husband would can eat the prosciutto. lol

 

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