Eggplant Parmesan…my way!!

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As I have mentioned in a recent post my Dad has a garden and so another vegetable that has been a plenty is Eggplants.
Most of the summer, I would grill them or just roast them in the oven, and a couple of times I made Eggplant Parmesan.  I would post my pictures on facebook and of course my friends say tell me the recipe.

So this last time I tried to remember as making it to take pictures of the process and what I do 🙂

First I used my homemade tomato sauce that I made out of the tomatoes from my Dad’s garden and I love using Fresh Mozzarella 🙂

So enjoy!!

First I peeled, sliced then sprinkled slices with salt in a colander
for 30-40 minutes, then pat each slice dry with paper towel. 
(LOL of course the first picture of that I forgot to take)
Then place them on a baking sheet 

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I took panko bread crumbs and fresh grated Parmesan Cheese

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Mixed in some Sandwich Sprinkle from Penzeys
(coarse salt, garlic, black pepper, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and marjoram)
you can add Italian seasonings as well

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Put about 2 Tbsp. on mixture on top of each slice

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with your hand press down crumb mixture

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Then I sprayed each piece with PAM – Olive oil spray
of course you could drizzle with olive oil if you wish too.

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Then bake in a 385 degree oven until tops are brown

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Sauce you can use any you like, so pick your favorite
I used my homemade sauce and I added
some of the Sandwich Sprinkle to the sauce

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I have some Fresh Sliced Mozzarella

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In a sprayed baking dish, place a eggplant down
and top with sauce

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Then top with a slice of mozzarella

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Place another piece of eggplant and repeat
with sauce and cheese

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I topped the final piece of cheese with the rest of the sauce

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I had crumb mixture leftover

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and I sprinkled some over top the entire dish
And bake at 385 degrees until brown 

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and cheese is melted and brown

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This was so good, most of the time I don’t measure anything so when
I cook unless I write it down it really just turns out to what I have 
in my pantry and such.  So when I am experimenting and it turns out good, I have to remember what I did so I can share in a blog, and then most the time I don’t take picture either 😛 LOL
The last time I made this (pictures below), I did the same except I didn’t have
any crumb mixture left, so I sprinkle the final layer with a little parmesan chesse

They both turned out delicious 😛 so as you make yours just make to what you like and
it will be just as Delicious!!

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Eggplant Parmesan

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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4 medium size eggplant, peeled, sliced a 1/2- 3/4 inch thick (6 slices from each)
3 cups of tomato sauce
3 Tbsp. Penzeys Sandwich Sprinkle or Italian seasonings, divided
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
Fresh Mozzarella sliced, 2 slices for each stack
(used 1 1/2 logs for 8 stacks, so 2 logs would work for 12 stacks)
PAM Olive Oil spray

Sprinkle each slice of eggplant both sides lightly with salt, place slice in colander in the sink,
let set for 30-40 mins.  Then pat each piece with a paper towel, doing this helps draw out the bitterness that some eggplants tend to have.

In a bowl add panko, Parmesan and 2 Tbsp. seasonings; mix together.  Place slices on a baking sheet and put about 1- 1 1/2 Tbsp. of mixture on top, press mixture down with hand then spray with olive oil spray.
Crumb mixture does fly around a little that is why I press down the mixture, you can drizzle tops with olive oil if you wish.  Bake at 385 degrees until tops are brown about 25 minutes or so. 

Meanwhile get your tomato sauce ready, mix in 1 Tbsp. seasoning, have mozzarella slices ready.
Spray a baking dish that will hold the amount you are making.

Once eggplant tops have browned, place half the slice in the baking dish, top with 1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp. sauce,
then a slice of cheese, repeat again, eggplant, sauce and cheese.
At this point you can top each stack with leftover sauce and sprinkle with any left over crumb mixture, or just sprinkle some a little Parmesan cheese over top.  Bake at 385 degrees until light brown and cheese is bubbly.  

You can really make this your own, you like more sauce use more sauce, or cheese even, if you want to stack 3 high then stack 3 high.  These a great meal served with a simple salad on the side.

Enjoy!!!

 

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One Lovely Blog Award!!

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Recently I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by Ka@My Uni Kitchen

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Ka has a terffic blog, he has amazing Recipes, How to Guides and Cooking Tips, so please go over to his
blog and check out all those good things he has to offer 🙂

There are few rules to accepting the award you must tell everyone 7 things about yourself and nominate 15 blogs
for the award.

So here we go 🙂

1. I worked on a cruise ship for 6 1/2 years

2. My first career was in Theater Costuming before going into Culinary

4. I love Hockey

5. I worked for our home town Hockey Team by sewing names and numbers on their jerseys

6.  During the baseball season, I am on call for the Cincinnati Reds and the away teams
      that come into town and play the Reds, to sew their uniforms (sewing names & numbers),
      for any last minute call ups.

7.  The most I was ever paid for sewing 1 single uniform for an away team was $100.00
and 
that was for 1 hour of work, that included the call, me driving to the ball park
(i live very close) 
getting in there sewing the name and number and then 
      back in my car.  🙂  

Bonus – here’s the picture 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed the few things that most of you did not know about me 🙂

 

Here are the blogs that I think are fantastic and I give the “One Lovely Blog Award” too

Suzanne@apuginthekitchen

Gretchen@Feeding My 3 Sons

Ginger@Ginger&Bread

Loretta@Safari of the Mind

Angie@The Novice Gardner

Julie@Hostess At Heart

Michelle@Giraffes Can Bake

Suzi@Beach Blanket Bacon

Jhuls@The Not So Creative Cook

Coco@Crafty Little Coco

Lili@Lili’s Cakes

Max@Dante’s Kitchen

Linda@La Petite Paniere

Ms. Frau@Frugal Hausfrau

Petra@Food Eat Love

Vidya and Chitra I added you as well
I know Ka added you to his blog
but I wanted to let you know I love
your blogs too, so you can consider mine
with his 🙂

Vidya@Traditionally Modern Food

Chitra@Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen

Thank you everyone for checking out my blog!!!

 

 

 

Super Bowl 2014!! Seahawks Win!!!!

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Congratulations Seattle Seahawks on your 2014 Super Bowl Win!!!!

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I must say I am happy that Seattle won, they really controlled the entire game, which was a lot easier to watch then sitting on the edge of your seat with the score going back and forward 🙂

So I was able to enjoy the commercial’s (which some fell short) and I do have my favorites 🙂

And talk about an AMAZING Halftime Show!! Bruno Mars is such an amazingly talented man, I have  always enjoyed seeing him preform on “Award” shows 🙂

But before we get to all of that, I did a Super Bowl snacking spot for one of our local news channels, guacamole and Bean and Corn salsa along with Endive Taco Boats.
Here is the link if you would like to watch the spot 🙂

http://www.local12.com/health/features/medical-edge-reports/stories/medical-edge-super-bowl-snacking-175.shtml

Bean and Corn Salsa recipes are a plenty as well as guacamole recipes but this is how I make mine 🙂

Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 can corn with peppers, drained
1 can chunky tomatoes with green chilies (mild or Hot you choose), drained
1 1/4 cup fresh pico de gallo (salsa) you mostly can find this in the produce dept. or you can just add 1/2 cup diced onion
1 tsp. garlic salt and black pepper
1 cup Zesty Italian dressing
zest of 1 – 2 limes

Mix all together, chill overnight for best flavor, you can also add and diced jalapeno for more heat.
Serve with Tortilla Chips and Endive leaves.  (can size 14.5 – 15.5)

Guacamole

3 ripe avocados
1/2 cup fresh pico de gallo or you can use your favorite salsa
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. garlic salt, to taste
juice from 1/2 or 1 lime, also to taste

Mix together and serve with Tortilla Chips and Endive leaves
You can add fresh cilantro or diced jalapeno, really you can make this your own.

Taco Endive Boats

Breast meat from 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
4-5 tsp. taco seasoning, from powder packet

Toss chicken and seasoning together
You can place chicken in a bowl, Salsa in a bowl and guacamole in a bowl have a platter of Endive Leaves and let your guest make their own Taco Boats, chicken then salsa topped with a little guacamole.

These recipes were a big hit with everyone back at the station along with everyone at the office that got to have all the leftovers 🙂

These were my favorite commercials 🙂 

1. Volkswagon (this one made me giggle)

2. Mcdonalds (this one was funny too)

They removed this one from youtube, but if you search around you’ll find it 🙂

3. Budweiser –  A Soldier’s return (this one so touching and I had tears)

– this link is the full story – get your tissues ready!!!

Below is the Commerical 🙂

4. Another cute Budweiser – Puppy Adoption

5. Audi – Doberhuahua – this one you just have to watch 😛

Of course there were more that were good but these were my top picks!! 🙂

And here is one of the BEST SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOWS EVER!!!  (not a fan of the RHCP, so I would have left them out and just kept more of Bruno!!!)  Turn your speakers up!!! and get ready to Dance!!!

Hope you enjoyed!!!!  Have a great day!!