Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Italian Food & the Beach

Two of my favorite things. Work took me close to the beach today so after the icky "stuff" was done I grabbed a latte and watched the waves crash for a few hours. There is no better therapy. It was a beautiful day. Cloudy and not too hot.

I came home and made some Italian comfort food. This came together in minutes but tasted like it took hours. A cross between Eggplant Parmesan and Lasagna but pastaless of course ;) Layers of Eggplant, Meatballs, Cheese... super yummy.

Shelly's Eggplant and Meatball Bake

1 Eggplant, sliced
1 cup Tomato Sauce (I used that homemade sauce I made the other day)
6 Meatballs, sliced (I used Foster Farms Turkey Meatballs)
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 Tablespoon Parmesan
1 Egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, snipped
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1/3 cup Mozzarella, shredded
about a Tablespoon of Olive Oil for grilling

Brush eggplant slices with olive oil and BBQ for a few minutes on each side. Layer 1/2 the eggplant in a Pyrex casserole dish. Spoon 1/2 a cup of the tomato sauce over eggplant slices, arrange sliced meatball over sauce.

In a small bowl combine ricotta, Parmesan, egg, basil and seasonings.

Spoon over meatball layer. Top with remaining 1/2 of grilled eggplant.

Spoon remaining tomato sauce over and sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes till bubbly and golden.

Some pics from my afternoon at the beach...

I shared my super cool bento box snacks with this fuzzy guy

Err well I really didn't you know examine "things" so it quite possibly was a girl. Whatever it was it gave my snacks two paws up.


tailynn said...

Heading to da beach this weekend. Weather won't nothing like yours but hey I'll take what i can get!

Miss Soul said...

I literally can't wait to try this... sounds really tasty.

Robin said...

Yeah, that can be tricky, cuz I hear girl squirrels have nuts too!! ;) lol

Anonymous said...

OMG - This looks so good, I'm going to make it for dinner on Saturday night - Once again, Thanks Shelly, your the best - Kat

sundayshine said...

Made this today and hubby and I will definitely keep this recipe in our files. Awsome

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to make this. Can you substitute zucchini for eggplant?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Absolutely. Hope you enjoy it!

Kimberly said...

Just made this and it was incredible. I have only tried eggplant parmesan in my life and never need to go back...will be eating this for lunch and dinner all week..definetely a 10 star recipe......thanks again for a great meal.

Anonymous said...

love the beach as well my happy place and so enjoy your recipes i was having doubts as to how to make my old recipes again and you make it so so easy love it just wanted to say thanks