Friday, 13 March 2015

Eggplant Casserole: the BEST Eggplant Recipes #2

If you enjoyed last week's delicious Oven-baked Tomato and Cheese eggplant recipe, you'll love this one even more. This adapted recipe was handed down from my Italian mother in law and is definitely a family favorite.


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Ingredients:
2 large eggplants
350 gr. minced beef
1 carton of tomato sauce
1 table spoon of concentrated tomato paste
1 red pepper
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 beef stock cube
some basil
1- 1 1/2 cups of white sauce
300-400 gr. macaroni
200 grams of melting cheese (parmesan, mozzarella, etc.)

Instructions:

At least an hour before you start cooking, peel the eggplant

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then chop into thin strips

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 and place into a colander  with a plate underneath
to catch the juices. Sprinkle with salt  and allow to sit for at 
least one hour.

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Make a basic white sauce and flavor with garlic powder,
salt, white pepper and nutmeg.

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Finely chop the onion, garlic and pepper. 

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Fry with some olive oil and then add the meat and lightly fry.

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Add in the tomato sauce, concentrated tomato paste,
beef stock cube, 1/2 cup of water, salt, pepper and basil. Allow
to simmer for 1 hour. 

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In the mean time, drain the water from the egg plant and 
fry till soft in olive oil.  (This is not a time
for multitasking. Don't try to sweep the kitchen
and dining room floor during this time or you will burn
your eggplant like I did.)

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Once your meat sauce is done cooking, add about 1- 1 1/2 cups of 
white sauce. (The exact amount takes a little trial and error
but you want enough for it to enhance the tomato, but not enough
to overwhelm it.) 

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While you're busy juggling all these steps (I'll admit this 
isn't a simple meal), cook the macaroni.When that is
done you can start assembly. Start with the sauce, then place a
layer of macaroni and then some eggplant. Make at least
two layer sets. Top with cheese and place in the oven at
180 degrees C for about 15- 20 minutes.

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Remove from oven and enjoy the tasty goodness! 

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If you liked this recipe, these might whet your appetite:

oven roast turkey leg
creamy chicken risotto


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