Wednesday, January 25, 2012
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried parsley
Italian Seasoning or dried basil
salt to taste
1 cup (about) grated Parmesan cheese
1 eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 zucchini, sliced
1 large onion, sliced into rings
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 green bell pepper, sliced
4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup to 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat bottom and sides of a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
2.Peel and dice your eggplant. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add your garlic and saute 1 minute, then add your eggplant, saute 1 to 2 minutes; while it's cooking sprinkle a pinch of Italian seasoning and dried Parsley over it along with a sprinkle of Salt and pepper.
While your eggplant is cooking slice your zucchini.
3.Spread eggplant mixture evenly across bottom of prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.
Saute your zucchini for a couple of minutes sprinkling with a pinch of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper like you did the egg plant. While it's cooking slice your onion.
Spread zucchini in an even layer over top of the eggplant. Sprinkle with 1 more Tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Continue cooking and layering in this fashion, with onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, and tomatoes, covering each layer with 1 Tablespoon cheese. I cooked each veggie for a minute or two while I sliced the next one called for and seasoned each with a pinch of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper: the only veggie I didn't cook before layering was the Tomatoes... they cook enough while baking.
**This sauteing just gets the cooking process started I think.
4.Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes uncovered. When there is only about 5 minutes left on the baking time, sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese and let finish baking. Remove from oven and let rest for about 5 to 10 minutes for the juices to settle.
Serve with any grilled meat, or serve over noodles or rice. Enjoy!!