Monday, September 22, 2014

Eggplant and Tomato Salad

The CSA delivered some medium size eggplants and the neighbors have been showering us with tomatoes from their gardens.
A quick broil, with a little cheese, and a salad or appetizer for dinner is ready.

Eggplant and Tomato Salad
2 medium eggplants, sliced 1/2 inch
4 medium size tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
4 ounces feta cheese
salt and pepper
5 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 Tablespoons fresh basil, sliced
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Garnish: fresh basil leaves

Score the eggplant lightly and sprinkle with salt and let sit in colander for about 15 minutes.

Preheat broiler.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and brush with 1 Tablespoon of oil.
Broil the eggplant, turning until lightly browned.
Top each eggplant with shredded Parmesan, and broil until melted.
Top with tomato and feta cheese and broil again, until cheese is softened.
In a small bowl, combine 4 Tablespoons of olive oil, basil, garlic, and lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Place eggplant and tomato stacks on serving platter and drizzle with olive oil, basil mixture.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.

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