I don't know about you but at least once a week I crave Italian flavored food - the rich combination of cheese, herbs and tomatoes is a real winner in my book. I tried desperately to make last night's dinner meatless but failed miserably. Well at least one part of it was meatless and that's a start.
If imagination is the mother of invention, then it gave birth yesterday to a real tasty little dish. Grilled eggplant combined with grilled plum tomatoes and roasted red peppers, topped with basil, roasted garlic and lots of cheese...dusted with Italian flavored breadcrumbs and a touch of olive oil and heated under the broiler till the cheese melted and the casserole was a nice golden brown. Download Grilled Eggplant Gratin It was delicious on its own but that's not all.
Now this is where the meat comes in ...we had our eggplant gratin on top of a rich, spicy Italian sausage ragu. Well I'm not brave enough to give the big guy a slice of gratin and a salad for dinner so I had to add some meat to the equation, but not a lot of it. A mere half pound of ground hot Italian sausage went into this ragu along with a half a chopped onion and a jar of marinara sauce. It was just enough to satisfy my resident carnivore.
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