Stuffed Eggplant with Ricotta and Spices

This dish is also known as Eggplant Sicilian. It freezes beautifully and is very delicious.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Medium


Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants, peeled, cut into 16 round slices (8 slices each) and salted
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Stack the salted eggplant slices on a plate and put another plate with a weight on top to press the brown liquid out of them. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Mix the flour and pepper and use it for dredging the eggplant slices.
  • Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic 1 minute, then remove garlic slices from the oil with a slotted spoon. Fry eggplant about 2 minutes per side, removing to paper towels as they are browned.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a 2-quart casserole dish or a 10" × 10" glass pan with nonstick spray and spread with a thin layer of tomato sauce.
  • In a large bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, ¼ cup Parmesan, egg, basil, and oregano. Place a tablespoon of the egg-cheese mixture on each slice of eggplant and roll, placing seam-side down in the baking dish.
  • Spread with remaining tomato sauce, sprinkle with the rest of the Parmesan cheese and the mozzarella cheese, and bake for 35 minutes.