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Hearty and budget eggplant casserole: enough for the whole family

Kateryna YagovychFood
Delicious eggplant casserole. Source: thespruceeats.com

Eggplant is used to make a variety of appetizers and salads. And if you want a more substantial dish, you can make a casserole. You don't even have to add meat to it.

The idea of making a hearty eggplant casserole is published on the Instagram page of food blogger Natalia with the nickname nata.cooking. Add a lot of cheese.

Hearty and budget eggplant casserole: enough for the whole family

Ingredients:

  • eggplant - 2 pcs.
  • mozzarella - 2 balls
  • Parmesan cheese - 100 g
  • salt
  • oil for frying

Ingredients for tomato sauce:

  • tomatoes - 500 g
  • garlic - 1 clove
  • salt, pepper, Italian herbs
  • oil for frying

Cooking method:

Hearty and budget eggplant casserole: enough for the whole family

1. Cut eggplant into slices or lengthwise into 0.5 cm thick slices.

2. Put them in a bowl, season with salt and leave for 20-30 minutes. This is necessary to get rid of bitterness and excess liquid.

3. Pat dry with a paper towel and fry on both sides until golden brown.

Hearty and budget eggplant casserole: enough for the whole family

4. For the tomato sauce, fry chopped garlic clove for 1-2 minutes (you can also add finely chopped onion).

5. Add peeled and chopped tomatoes.

6. Season with spices to taste.

7. Simmer for 5-10 minutes over low/medium heat.

Hearty and budget eggplant casserole: enough for the whole family

8. The sauce should thicken slightly.

9. Put 2 tbsp of the tomato sauce on the bottom of the baking dish, then put the fried eggplants, which should also be covered with the sauce.

Hearty and budget eggplant casserole: enough for the whole family

10. Next, put mozzarella slices and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

11. Add basil leaves between the layers.

12. Continue layering in the same way: eggplant/sauce/cheese.

Hearty and budget eggplant casserole: enough for the whole family

13. Bake at 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

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