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Eggplant Parmesan Casserole 

So I’m back from vacation, I got one blog done but that is better than my past trips when I didn’t get any blogs done.   This was my last vacation of the year, at least my last planned vacation at this point.  The good news however is that I have TONS of new recipes that I want to try and will probably be adding some more vegan recipes in the near future, along with some healthy snacks.  This recipe is neither of those things, this recipe is good old fashioned comfort food that is perfect for a rainy day.  There is just something about eggplant parm. that makes me so happy inside, and I love reworking it and recreating it in different ways.  I have stuffed it inside a pepper, baked it in the oven, and now I’m adding this casserole version to the roll call.  Plus this gave me a chance to show off my new stoneware 🙂
Ingredients
2tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped finely
3 garlic cloves, chopped
14oz canned tomatoes
4 fresh basil leaves, shredded
3 eggplants, sliced thinly
1 1/2 cups mozz cheese, sliced
1 cup parm. cheese, grated
1 tbsp butter
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400F
2. Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on two baking sheets.  Brush w/olive oil and bake 15minutes.  Remove and turn oven to 375F
3. Meanwhile heat the oil over medium heat in a large sauce pan.  Add the onion and cook 5 minutes, until soft.  Add the garlic and cook 3 more minutes, then add the tomatoes breaking them up.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 10minutes,  Stir in the basil leaves and simmer an additional 10minutes. 
4. Arrange half of the eggplant in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Top w/one third of the mozz cheese and a third of the sauce. Top with half of the parm. cheese.  Create another layer omitting the parm. cheese and then a final layer topped with the remaining parm. cheese.  Cover and bake for 30minutes.  Remove the cover and bake for an additional 20 minutes, until the topping is golden brown.  

One of the best parts of this dish is the potential for leftover eggplant, those poor little guys that don’t fit into the casserole dish.  I love to take them add some sauce and cheese and EAT!  A little appetizer if you will 😀 

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