Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lasagna Layered Parmigiana di melanzane

I was introduced to "Parmigiana di melanzane" during a dinner party at friends place. How can eggplant recipe taste so yummy? I am tweaking it by adding lasagna sheets to make a complete meal. Parmigiana (a short form of Parmigiana di melanzane) is a Southern Italian dish made with a shallow-fried sliced filling, layered with cheese and tomato sauce, then baked. Parmigiana made with a filling of eggplant (also called aubergine) is the earliest version. The dish consists of a sliced filling pan fried in oil, layered with tomato sauce and cheese, and baked in an oven. In some versions, the sliced filling is first dipped in beaten eggs and dredged in flour or breadcrumbs before frying. Some recipes use hard grated cheeses such as Parmesan, while others use softer melting cheeses like Mozzarella, or a combination of these.

Ingredient:

Aubergine:               1 large ( Cut in 1 cm thick round slice)
Onion:                      1 medium ( finely chopped)
Tomato:                   4 large ( Finely chopped)
Tomato paste:          2 table spoon
Lasagna Sheet:         2 medium
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Bread crumb:            2 tablespoon
Dried Oregano
Garlic:                      2 cloves
Salt to taste
Black Pepper

Method:
1) Heat some oil in a grill pan and roast the aubergine slices, season it with salt and pepper. Keep aside
2) Boil the lasagna sheet and wash it with cold water.
3) Heat some oil and add dried oregano and minced garlic. Add onion, stir it for a minute and add tomato. Season it with salt and pepper. Cook it covered till the tomato are soft and juicy. Add tomato paste and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
4) Take a oven proof container and layer it with tomato sauce, a thin layer of parmesan cheese, grilled aubergine and lasagna sheet. Repeat the layers and top it up with tomato sauce some breadcrumb parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
5) Bake it in a pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes at 180 degree. Serve it sizzling hot with your choice of fresh bread.

BON APPETIT...




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