I had NO idea what to call this dish so I’ll blame my creativity lapse on my lack of brain power thanks to finally finishing the Family Cookbook, therefore; all I could come up with was Roasted Eggplant Stacks, which is admittedly a lame name but it does the job. The dish tasted super yummy so that’s all that really matters, right? What’s the Shakespeare line? “What’s in a name…”
Just this morning I was inspired to make this breakfast/brunch thanks to the abundance of eggplant that I received from our CSA and with an effort to do something different with our bounty; besides again throwing them into a tomato sauce on top of zucchini noodles, this is what I did!
WAIT – before I give away the goods, please be creative with this one – it’s not so much a recipe as an idea, and the sky is the limit – literally. It all really depends on how high you stack your eggplant slices! Now go have some fun!!
Roasted Eggplant Stacks
1 Italian eggplant cut into 1/4 inch rounds
1 tomato, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
Fresh ground pork sausage or other ground meat of your choice formed into patties about the same size as your eggplant rounds
Finely diced sun dried tomatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1. Brush both sides of your eggplant rounds with coconut oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
2. Broil the eggplant rounds under you broiler on high heat for 4-5 minutes on one side, flip and broil for 3-4 minutes on the other side or until they are tender and start to brown.
3. In the meantime, pan fry your sausage patties until done all the way through.
4. Poach some eggs, slice the tomatoes, dice the sun dried tomatoes, and mince the parsely.
5. Now you stack. Place a roasted eggplant round on a plate, top with a tomato slice, a sausage patty, some diced sun dried tomatoes, and a little bit of parsley.
6. Finish it all with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper to taste.
My boys wanted nothing to do with the eggplant so we did a tame version of the stack for them with just the sausage and the poached egg and then they all decided to have some olive oil and balsamic drizzled on as well and everyone was happy!
Have fun stacking and as always, enjoy!!!!