The Layered Look
In the past few years, I have developed a taste for eggplant and I have made it in several different ways. So far, I have always enjoyed it and I am much braver about using it. My favorite way is still crisped up rather than mushy but I also like it in vegetable stew dishes. I have come a long way since I started blogging and eat a lot more types of food. Variety is certainly more fun to both cook and eat.
here. I made a number of changes to accommodate the taste of the family. We don't enjoy mint in vegetable dishes. I love mint chocolate chip ice cream and that is where mint, should stay, in my opinion. Brownies with a mint filling are delicious. Mint chocolates are great. Gum with mint flavoring is the best. Mint has its place, yes indeed. I tried one time to include mint in a meat dish and that was the last time, I used it in anything than desserts. Do I need a more sophisticated palate or did I give up too quickly?
After many years in education, I have learned that elementary school kids, at least boys, do not like mint in their cookies or cakes. I also discovered that peanut butter is liked by only fifty percent of the guys. Marshmallow does better, coconut much worse. It is interesting to realize that their palates may not be fully developed.
Topped Baked Eggplant
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced in about 3/4 inch rounds.
salt and pepper to taste
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)
1/3 cup red onion, diced small
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Arrange eggplant rounds in a single layer and season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon oil, feta cheese, onion, green pepper, tomatoes, and vinegar.
Transfer eggplant to a serving platter. Top each round with a slice of tomato and then top with the cheese, onion and green pepper.
This recipe leaves itself to interpretation. You could use mozzarella on top and bake it until the cheese melts. You could cook the onions and green pepper first and then place them on top. You could certainly add garlic to the mix.