Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Eggplant Lasagna with Tortilla

In August, my mother-in-law brought me a huge eggplant from the market, leaving me wondering what to do with it. Meredith is still off garlic, so a giant tub of baba ghannouj wasn't going to happen.

I also had a container of ricotta cheese I had bought on sale without any particular plans, so I started looking for eggplant lasagna recipes. The one that caught my eye used tortilla as well (to capture some of the moisture, I assume) and it looked like an appetizing base. In the original recipe, it was presented far nicer than anything I could do: baked in individual mini-lasagna pans with dainty layers of flavour presented quite nicely.

That's not my style (I'm lazy), so I opted for the casserole dish instead. It also helped use as much of that giant eggplant as I could. The pile of sliced eggplant was huge.

Eggplant Lasagna with Tortilla

1 container (400g) ricotta
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tbsp dried parsley
3 tbsp fresh basil, minced
1/4 tsp nutmeg
salt, pinch or to taste
1 medium eggplant, thinly sliced (optional: peel first)
3 tortillas sliced into 3” strips
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups tomato sauce
additional Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. In a, bowl mix the ricotta and Parmesan and fold in the egg, parsley, basil, nutmeg, and salt. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Assemble the lasagna as follows:
    1. tortilla
    2. cheese mixture
    3. shredded cheese
    4. sauce
    5. eggplant (gently press down on the eggplant)
    6. cheese mixture
    7. shredded cheese
    8. sauce
  4. Complete the cycle two more times for a total of 24 layers, ending with sauce.
  5. Sprinkle Parmesan on the final layer.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. Never heard a lasagna with a tortilla...very innovative.

  2. Nice! I'm lovin' the thought of the tortilla layered in the lasagna...I can almost taste it (I wish)!

  3. That's a cool recipe.innovative indeed!.Since my hubby is the biggest eggplantoholic ..I might just try it :)

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  4. very creative recipe love it thanks so much for visiting my blog Rebecca

  5. I love this Dan, a Mexican lasagna! :o) Great idea. I'm envious how creative you are. You either have that ability or you don't and I don't, lol! Have a good one!

  6. Creative enough to know which crazy ideas to steal! I saw a variation of this using mini lasagna pans (1/2 doz squares in a single baking pan). That looked like too much work, so I guess the creative part is my laziness :-)


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