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What I had for dinner last night... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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What I had for dinner last night...
(x-posted to whatchacookin)

I cook a lot of eggplant parmesan. But every time I make it, we end up standing in the kitchen and eating half the fried eggplant before it goes into the baking dish.

Last night, I decided to just skip the last step. I peeled and sliced the eggplant (thick!), coated it in egg, tossed it in bread crumbs mixed with Italian seasoning, and fried it in olive oil. They got drained on a baking rack (no paper towels!). I topped about half of them with parmesan cheese and then put them all in the oven to stay warm while I fried the next pan full.

I served them with garlic marinara sauce, pesto, and more cheese. I mostly just spread a thin layer of pesto on mine, while my boyfriend preferred dipping them in the marinara sauce. They turned out better then I thought they would, and wouldn't be a bad finger food for a party.

Not exactly healthy, but...

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From: anearlynovembr Date: January 24th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds so good.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 24th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not exactly healthy, but...

at least you didn't make Imam Bayeldi. the name means "The Imam Fainted". (an imam is a type of Muslim scholar or religious leader.) you probably know the story...

once upon a time there was an imam who was passionately fond of eggplant cooked in olive oil. now, of course, eggplant is a very absorbent vegetable, and the more olive oil you use to cook it, the better it tastes. the imam was so fond of this dish that he married the daughter of an olive-oil merchant. as he had hoped, the girl's dowry consisted of twelve jars, each as tall as a man, full of the finest quality olive oil. he instructed his new bride to prepare eggplant in olive oil for dinner every night. at first everything was fine, but on the thirteenth night, she served him a different dish. "why didn't you make eggplant cooked in olive oil? i told you to cook nothing but that for dinner every night!" the imam shouted. she replied, "i'm sorry, my husband, but i cannot - we've run out of olive oil!" - and the imam fainted.

nurzrachet From: nurzrachet Date: February 1st, 2006 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Yummmmmmmmm, I love eggplant. It's so bizarre looking, but so good. And there is no healthy way to make it (where it tastes good, anyway).
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