Eggplant Parmesan is rich, gooey, yummy and nutritious comfort food that can be used as a vegetarian main dish or a side dish to any meal. It is unclear where this dish originated. Both the Southern regions of Campania and Sicily, and the Northern province of Parma claim to have originated eggplant parmesan.
A rich healthy vegetarian dish that can be used as a main course or a side dish.
Saute onion and garlic in 1/4 cup oil till lightly golden. Add tomatoes, sauce, salt and herbs. Cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Combine bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Peel eggplant and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices. Dip each slice into egg then bread crumb mixture. Brown in remaining oil about 2 minutes on each side. Be sure to keep pan clean between additions of eggplant to eliminate burnt bits. Spoon sauce in the bottom of a shallow casserole pan to coat the bottom. Arrange eggplant over the sauce. Top with mozzerella cheese then more sauce. l Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Recipe Notes The onions add sweetness to the sauce. If you want to skip the onions, add a teaspoon of sugar to balance out the acidity in the tomatoes. To impress guests at a dinner party, purchase round molds and stack the eggplant, cheese and sauce in the individuals molds before baking. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved
Ragu bolognese originated in Belogna, Italy. This variation of the recipe uses ground lamb to really give the sauce a meaty flavor.
Ragu with ground lamb
Heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic. Season with salt. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the beef and lamb and cook on high until brown. Add the tomato paste and cook 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and half and half and cook for 10 minutes. Add the wine, nutmeg and parmesan cheese rind, reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 hours. Season with salt.
This is delicious with any shape pasta, however, traditionally it’s served with Tagliatelle. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved