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Mar 29, 2011

EggPlant Parmigiana

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 Eggplant Parm, Rollatini, Rosa Bianca Eggplant and Zucchini.
Fresh from my garden, Italian Eggplant.  Use this type of Eggplant for Eggplant Parm and Rollatini.
  Breaded Eggplant:
Cut off ends of EggPlant, Peel  and Cut into 1/2 inch thick  Slices.
Needed
Non Stick Cookie Sheet
Put in separate bowls
4 cups Flour - with 1/4 tsp of Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
6 Eggs - with 1/4 tsp of Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder 
4 C Bread Crumb - with 1/4 cup grated cheese

Place and Pat down Eggplant in order of:
  1st:   in flour
       2nd:  in Egg mix
                  3rd: in breadcrumb mix





Add Olive Oil by squirting some on bottom of cookie tray and some on top of Eggplant

Eggplant will soak up Olive Oil when cooking
so put enough on there as picture shows.
I put my Olive Oil in a squirt bottle for easy applying.

Place in oven at 450 degrees
When it turns golden brown flip them over
Approx 12 mins each side.

When both sides are golden brown (as the left side)
they are done.  Note: there shouldn't be any olive oil on the bottom of the pan.
EggPlant will be crispy and not oily.  If cooked on lower temps the eggplant will be oily.


Sauce Recipes are on this Blog.
For Eggplant Parm: Use Cooking Sauce or Marinara Sauce.
For Eggplant Rollatini :  Use Marinara Sauce


EggPlant Parm:

  1. Place 1/2 inch of Sauce on bottom of  baking pan.   (you need this much so bottom won't burn.)
  2. Lay down Eggplant side by side. Over lap them by 1/2.
  3. Add Sauce 
  4. Mozzarella
  5. Eggplant
keep applying as above states until pan is full.  3 levels.
Mozzarella should be on the Top layer. .
Eggplant will soak in a lot of sauce so, put enough on their. Like
you would dip a piece in sauce. (as not to little and not too much)

Cover with Foil. 
Bake at 350 until cheese is melted then take off foil and bake until crispy.


You can prep EggPlant Parm the night before and then refrigate over night.  Just make sure before you put it in the oven that the
foil is lifted and not stuck to the cheese.


Eggplant Rollatini 
I will add pix soon.  Some people add ham or proscuitto with cheese. I add spinach.  It is delicious. This recipe was one of my most popular with my catering orders.  Even people who don't like spinach liked this recipe. 


Prepare Eggplant as above recipe.
 (Eggplant can be cooked up to a week prior to use.  Place in ziploc bag and refrigate for a few days or freeze until the day before needed)


Prepare Marinara Sauce - recipe on this blog under sauce

Ingredients needed:
1/2  large bag of chopped frozen Spinach
 3 gloves chopped garlic
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Grated Cheese,
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese,
Small container of Ricotta.


  1. Defrost spinach in microwave.
  2. In frying pan, with medium heat,  add Olive Oil and Sautee Garlic until lightly golden brown.  
  3. Place in defrosted Spinach.
  4. Add a dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  5. Keep Sauteeing and cooking spinach for about 4 minutes.
  6. Add in grated Cheese. for approx. 1 minute, You must keep stirring/flipping spinach and cheese very quickly otherwise it will burn. 
  7. Put into a bowl and refrigate so it won't be too hot to handle. about 10 minutes.You want spinach and cheese mixture to be cool enough so, it won't melt the mozzarella when you mix it together.
  8.  Add in Ricotta and Mozzarella Cheese and mix together.
  9. On Eggplant flaten a heaping Tbs of the mix
  10. Roll Eggplant or if too small then fold in half
  11. In a baking pan pour in 1/4 inch of sauce. More sauce on the bottom because Eggplant will drink it up.
  12. Add Eggplant side by side.
  13. Top each Eggplant with 1 Tbs of sauce and Mozzarella Cheese.
  14. Cover and bake on 400 degrees.  Once cheese is melted on the top then take off cover and cook until cheese is lightly golden brown.

 Eggplant Rosa Bianca -  Large Round light purple
Cut off top and bottom of Eggplant
Don't peel. Cut into 1/2 inch thick Slices.
Fry in Olive oil on med. heat.
Add a dash of Salt, pepper and Garlic powder on top of each Eggplant.
Turn over and cook until done.
Place in a flat collander so that extra oil can drain out.
In a corning ware platter
add Nonna Fina Sauce or Marinara Sauce to bottom of platter.
Add Eggplant to platter, by layering inbetween each Epplant
 a little bit of sauce and  grated cheese.
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You can also cook this by cutting Eggplant in cubes and then frying them in Olive oil. Drain and then add Sauce and grated cheese. Pour on top of your favorite Pasta.



Zucchini w/ Cheese Chunks

Zucchini over Pasta.
Peel, Slice, and dice 6 Zucchini into large chunks.
Sautee small Chopped Onions in deep pot.
When onions are lightly brown add zucchini
Cook for 4 minutes.
Add one 13 oz can non salted Chicken broth.
1 cup of water. Boil until zucchini is cooked.  transparent.
Add small chunks of Locatelli, Romano Peccorino cheese. (grated cheese that is not grated up yet.)
Place cooked pasta in deep family size platter and pour in zucchini.






Breaded Zucchini
Sweet flavor.

Zucchini are small. Peel and  Slice lengthwise. 
Use same recipe as I listed above for Breaded EggPlant.






 Questions:
Anthony, asked why I don't salt my Eggplants and have them sit for a while before I cook them.
Salting them take out some of the bitterness and the excess water.  Years ago I use to do that.  But, now they are producing Eggplant that is tasty non bitter and ripped.  The Eggplants come from different regions.  In April Eggplant is expensive b/c one region growing season ends and the next will start soon. Eggplant during this time is bitter, no matter what you do.  So, That's when I buy Zucchini. 



  



Mar 5, 2011

Penne Alla Stefana w/ Shrimp




Feeds 8 people

50 pcs Shrimp  Peeled and Cleaned 6-8 per person.
2 cans of TuttoRusso Peeled Plum shaped Tomatoes.               
  Cut off ends and Slice into chunks.  Keep the tomato juice
   separately.
 4 pcs of Garlic sliced
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Salt, pepper, garlic, sugar
Red pepper 1/4 cup chopped finely
16 oz of fresh mozzarella. cut up in small cubes
1 1/2 cups of cubed provoloni
1/4 cup grated Cheese
2 lbs penne cooked aldente








Sautee Shrimp in Olive Oil with a dash of Salt, Pepper and Garlic.  Cook both sides until pink. Move to another bowl until all have been cooked.  Add more Olive Oil as needed.

  
Slice tomatoes into chunks.   










 In the same frying Pan with the Oil used to fry the shrimp. (This way you get the flavor of shrimp that is in the oil.) Add more Olive  Oil if needed.
Sautee chopped garlic and chopped      Red pepper.
Once garlic is lightly golden brown
add whole chopped tomatoes, 1/4 tsp of Salt and garlic powder. a pinch of blk pepper and 1 tsp of sugar.

 
 
                                      

Add the tomato juice that was left in the cans.

Cook under Medium high heat until Tomatoes are cooked.
Approx 10 minutes. This is how the sauce looks when it is done.
Add Shrimp and cook for another 3 minutes. Use the same Oil and frying pan you sauteed the shrimp with. This way you get the flavor of shrimp that is in the oil.

Fresh Mozzarella Cut up into chunks.


Provoloni cut up into chunks


Put hot cooked Penne pasta in a large
serving Bowl.  Pour the shrimp and tomatoes
on top of the pasta and mix together. 
Add in the chunk of fresh mozzarella
 provoloni Add grated cheese and mix together.














Jay and Giuseppe Serving the meal.
NOT!! 
They served
themselves first to make sure they got their
allowed quantity of shrimp!