Thursday, March 22, 2007

Melanzana Ripieni

I`m still trying to make my way through my links list and haven`t gotten very far yet.
Yesterday was the first official day of spring and the snow is still melting. Yahoo!
I pulled this old chair from the bedroom to add in the livingroom. It`s pink but will eventually get re-covered. Isobell likes it......

The other night I made some country style mixed grain bread........

And tried out a new recipe called Melanzana Ripieni......

It was quite good. Elvis agreed.....

Melanzana Ripieni for Two

1 firm eggplant
1/4 lb. or more of Mozzarella, sliced
1 small onion, finely sliced
Basil leaves
1 clove garlic, crushed
6 tbs. Parmigiano
1/4 cup olive oil
Flour
1 Ripe tomato
1/2 cup marinara sauce
Salt
Pepper
1 pinch of sugar
(for more zip, add 1/3 jalapino pepper and handful of olives chopped)

Wash the eggplant. Remove the stem, and cut length-wise into slices not thicker than 1/4-in. Place the slices on a large platter, slightly on an angle. Sprinkle it with salt, place a weight on top, and let stand for about one hour.
In the meantime, brown the onion and the garlic and pepper in oil over a very low flame, and then add the tomatoes, olives and sauce and let simmer for about 1/2 hour, stirring frequently. When this is done, pass through a sieve and add a pinch of salt.

Cut the Mozzarella into very thin slices and let them dry on a cloth. Chop the basil and mix it with Parmigiano.

Wash the salt off the eggplant and dry it. Dredge in flour and fry in very hot oil. Turn them to brown and when both side are done, lift them out and drain on a paper towel.

Pre-heat the oven to 375ºF. Coat a deep baking dish with olive oil and put in a layer of eggplant. Sprinkle with Parmigiano, pour on a layer of tomato sauce, and cover with slices of Mozzarella. Repeat this layering until all the ingredients have been used, and then cover with tomato sauce, sprinkle with more grated Parmigiano and bake for about 30 mins.

19 comments:

kate said...

oh that Melanzana Ripieni looked amazing! gosh and all that effort for just 2... well 3 if you count the pooch! hehehe

fun photos of the pets! I found you through Lux btw!

Cheers! Kate

Christine said...

Mmmmmmmm!

And the bread looks wonderful, too!
You, my dear, are an inspiration!

FarmgirlCyn said...

So this is kinda like an eggplant parmesan? Eggplant is one of my new favorite veggies, so I am sure to give this a try!

CJ said...

Oh boy, does that ever look scrumptious and the bread??? I'm green...I'm having some terrible bread flops since becoming the owner of a Rayburn...Oh well, your pics are so inspiring I'll just have to keep trying. I see the pets are looking all starving and stressed out (as usual)ROLF ;D

Daisy Lupin said...

I love the photograph of two of your cats each sleeping in a patch of sunlight on the settee.

UKBob said...

Hi Tea, just popped in for a visit, the food looks great, no wonder Elvis is looking so pleased with himself.

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

farmgirlCyn....yes :) That`s what it is.

carolyn said...

Happy Spring!

Jacran Cottage said...

I wouldn't mind trying this recipe since it looks tasty ... but DH doesn't like eggplant! The bread looks good as well. Love the photos you post of the animals who let you share their home ;o) Elvis has such an expressive face sometimes, and Isobell looks so comfy!!!

tash said...

If you like aubergine (eggplant) then I heartily recommend Nigella's Aubergine Involtini with tomato passata. That is indeed heaven! Your Melanzana Ripieni looks gorgeous - if only they made smell-o-vision!

Have a great weekend and enjoy your melting snow :)

Bodge said...

Looks delicious, my mouth is watering just looking at it!

Kahshe Cottager said...

Just where do you find time to do all that you do and still have time and energy to make bread? It all looks delish!

Marion said...

great yummy photos, Tea! Is there anything more relaxed looking than a cat in a spot in the sun?

Sheila said...

This looks delish. The bread is super, Im not fond of eggplant, but since I love everything else in your recipe, perhaps I should give it another try..!
Give Elvis a big hug...xx

Blue the Spa Girl said...

Mum! How ya doing?
Tea!!! How ya doing??? LOL
Love the sound of this recipe. You are turning into my all time favorite food blog. Keep up the good work! Yum!!!
xo

judypatooote said...

Boy does that bread look good.... my daughter lori made a dish with egg plate, and i loved it....but i can't remember what it was called... you either like it or you dont'......hi Elvis......just love him......

james higham said...

T&M, how can you do your links list if you're producing food like this?

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

Happy Spring!
It really is spring here, the dogwoods are blooming and the wisteria smells so...springy.

Rosa said...

Oh yum.