Step 5: Slice Your Tomato

If you are using a simple grilled tomato like I did, slice it into hearty pieces. I had two tomatoes, and cut them into 5 big slices with a little bit extra.

If you are feeling more ambitious of having company over I would deffinately reccomend roasting your tomatoes using Canida's instructable. It would also work well with a fresh tomato sauce.
These turned out great. I have a couple questions 1. You said you served this as a side dish I thought this was a main dish. i am coming to eat at your house. 2. You said this is Grilled Eggplant "Parm"; what does Parm mean exactly? Because I don't see any Parmesan, I think I might have my definition wrong. Thank you, this is going into my favorites.
1. This could deffinately be a main dish, and I would eat it as one with pasta as a side. But my fiance loves to get chicken and eggplant parmesan at resturaunts, so the night we did this we had a grilled chicken cutlet and one of these and skipped the pasta side. So it was sort of like a co-main dish ;) 2. Well parmesan is kind of a misnomer, which is why I called it "parm-like". Parmigiana style (usually shortened to parmesan or parm) is technically chicken, veal, or eggplant, dipped in egg, coated with a mixture of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, and then fried, baked, or sauteed. After that is is topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella. But it's a misnomer because a lot of people leave out the parmesan all together and just do a bread coating (even though it's better with the parmesan in the coating). So typical eggplant parm is breaded eggplant, tomato sauce, and mozzarella. This version skips the breading, which is why there isn't any parmesan in my recipe, and switches out grilled or roasted tomatoes for sauce.
I hesitated to comment but I can't help it. Real items &quot;parmesan&quot; are dipped in egg then cheese (Parmaseano Reggiano only) a few crumbs and lightly fried to just cook the contents. <br><br>No sauce, no mozzarella. Most of my relatives are from Sicialy but a few from Parma and a number from north of Rome. <br><br>And to be fair if you made bread crums the way I do, there is plenty of cheese. Mixing cheese into the crumbs (maybe with a spoon of flour) makes them easier to use. Left over crumbs that are as spicey as mine are mixed in with a tinybit of egg and fried, or, saved in fridge till later on or next day and used to top a frittata or omlete Over eggs with potato and onions is simple and tasty and if you have left over marinara, oh boy. On a resh crusty Eyetalian bread look out!<br><br>We Americans had such bounty , that even though we all worked like slaves here, we could afford food , (usually) and a more flamboyant albiet richer (and to me) tastier &quot;Italian&quot; cuisine emerged.<br><br>Being of sound mind and mostly Sicilian ancestry , I would say no to parm and yes to Peccorino Romano, which is sheep cheese, not cow cheese. <br><br>All the Piasons agreed that &quot;pizza sauce&quot; is not a cooked sauce but merely ground tomato (or chunky if you like). It has garlic and basil and MAYBE a big pinch of oregano. No onions no peppers, nothing else. Some people will just used thin sliced fresh tomato.<br><br> Now, I do not do that I make an uncooked sauce with every ingredient in a meat sauce w/o the meat . This lends a nicer sauce and not a true marinara, it goes extremely well on pasta, or vegetables (broccoli, cooked spinach cauliflower zukes, cooked collards). Holds up well to shrimp and lobster tails). Add two tablespoons to a vinegrette made with EVOO and red wine vinegar beaten in for a very very tasty vinegrette.<br><br>When the pot is simmering you can drop in raw eggs (whole, un broken), from a saucer to make poached eggs. So too you could take left over cooked bird/cow/pig cold mashed potatoes and a little rice and flour and make dumplings just float'm up on the top. Anything you add o/t the raw eggs will flavor the sauce.<br><br>ciao bella's
That's great, thank you for all of the info I really didn't know that, I like eggplant also it is some what new to me but I wil try making it like yours.
Oh, and on sexing an egg plant? Is the veggie grown, or just growing? At what point in development will the differences show up? Wonderful tip. Now just to get one on sexing the plant itself, so no females&nbsp;are grown.
I love this idea, so much that I'd like to include it in my offerings at the farmers market I belong to. Buy an eggplant, get a receipe. However, I can't seem to get the receipe down to basics, one picture, one instruction, all on&nbsp;one, or two pages. Customers don't want a book with every purchase. Any ideas?
i just made some for dinner, it was awesome. going in the old repatua (sorry i cant spell)
To make a better infused oil, add herb(s) and garlic to EVOO in a small sauce pan place on med-low heat until you just see bubbles appear. Remove from heat and let sit for an hour or so<br />
want the better (not bitter) eggplant?? heres how. Eggplants are male or female. Female eggplants have more seeds, which makes the bitterer taste. Males have more meat w/o (or less) seeds.... To sex an eggplant, look at the indentation at bottom. If it's deep and shaped like a dash, it's a female. If it's shallow and round, it's a male. Smaller eggplants also tend to be less bitter.
&nbsp;Who knew!
Well, <em>who </em>knew?&nbsp; That's really helpful.&nbsp; Thanks so much!
&nbsp;For more eggplant cooking ideas, go to finecooking dotcom and put in How to Cook Eggplant (to silky perfection). &nbsp;It will shows various ways to cook eggplant including grilling. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> My advice, use Kosher salt (I use it for all my veg and meat cooking). &nbsp;Also, when grilling, keep a constant eye on it or it can catch fire from the oil dripping into the flames. &nbsp;Don't ask how I know this! &nbsp;Let's just say that blackened hockey pucks are simply not appetizing....<br /> <br /> You can also use similar method for cooking portabella mushroom tops. &nbsp;They make delicious sandwiches!<br />
Looks scrumptious.&nbsp; Thanks for sharing
Oh Lord that looks great!&nbsp; Thank you for posting, I&nbsp;will be trying this one.&nbsp; Two of my favorites - Egg Plant and grilling - finally put together!<br />
Very good! I used pizza sauce (kids version) and extra mozz cheese. They liked it and said to make it again! Gotta love that!
This is an excellent idea, and so simple. I am having guests tomorrow for a small pool party, and I am going to try this. Hubby wants to do Baby Back Ribs, I think Chicken along with it is great. The Eggplant on the grill should be something quite unexpected for my guests. Thanks for the great idea.
We served this yesterday to our guests, and it was well accepted. By the time the Baby Back Ribs were done the coals had died down alot. The eggplant remained somewhat firm with grill marks. I didn't remove moisture by salting, as we are watching our salt intake, but I drizzled and rubbed the slices with EV Olive Oil and sprinkled them with Italian Seasoning. I did the tomatoes by the Roasting method in the oven and they were delicious on the eggplant. I used chopped bottled garlic and used about 1/2 tsp per tomato slice drizzled on the olive oil (EVOO), and peppered them baked about 45 min to the browned edges stage. To the Grilled Eggplant,layed on 2 Roasted tomatoes (to cover the eggplant slice) Chopped fresh basil about 1tsp,sliced mozzerella. Left them on the grill until the cheesed melted nicely and served them up. These were differently delicious and I will do them again...Thanks for the idea and method.
I glad you liked it :) I like it when it's soft myself, so if I skipped the salt stage (it also makes it more tender), I might cook them a little longer.
Looks yummy! How about a bit more of the fresh basil on top after the cheese is melty?
I bet it would be good with extra basil! I even thought about adding some pesto on top!
I love the garlic & wine seasoning from the Melting Pot! I've tossed it on a plain cheese pizza to great result. I'll have to try this next. Thanks!
Try it in mashed potatoes sometime too! I melt a little in some butter and stir it into mashed potatoes as a secret ingredient sometimes. It's delicious!
Change a smallish percentage of the mozzarella to aged provolone.
Looks good!

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