Hi, it’s Liz. Today has been a lazy day. I just feel very lazy and unmotivated today. I just haven’t had the gumption to do anything. I even did something I NEVER do – turned on the TV “for company”. Usually, I prefer the silence. Maggie must be feeling it, too, because she curled up on her blue velour blanket on the bed and slept the entire day.
One thing I did do, however, is make an eggplant parmesan. I sliced the eggplant, set them out on wire racks with paper towels underneath, and sprinkled the eggplant slices with kosher salt. I left them for several hours, letting the water leech out. I turned the slices over halfway through the waiting time (about 3 or 4 hours). If you omit this step, your eggplant will be very, very, mushy.
I heated the oil, and patted off the eggplant. I dipped the sliced vegetable in beaten egg, then flour, then Panko breadcrumbs (for crispness). Eggplant will soak up oil and get nasty if the oil isn’t heated enough. I browned the slices, then replaced them on the wire racks to let the oil drip out. They looked pretty crispy!
Once the eggplant was drained, I put a small amount of sauce in the bottom of a casserole. I placed four pieces of eggplant in the bottom, then added fresh basil leaves, mozzarella cheese, and sauce. I had sixteen pieces of eggplant and did these layers four times to use up all the vegetable. I then baked the eggplant at 350 degrees for about an hour, covered. Here is the result:
I made a side of pasta with marinara sauce to go with the eggplant.
Other than that…I think I made the bed around Maggie.
Hope everyone had a good Monday!
Your friend, Liz