When you have zucchini growing in your garden like weeds that cannot be controlled, you get creative with ways to use up the zucchini. Michael’s family was in town visiting for a few days last week and we were so busy I neglected the garden for about four days.
Eggplant and Zucchini Napoleon
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1 (351 g) | Servings: 6 | Calories 432
- 1 large eggplants
- 3 medium zucchini
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme ( chopped)
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano ( chopped)
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic ( minced)
- 12 ounces mozzarella cheese ( sliced)
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- Preheat oven to 400F & cut eggplant + zucchini into lengthwise slices.
- Combine olive oil, thyme, organo + garlic & mix well. Lightly brush eggplant & zucchini slices w/oil mixture.
- Heat lrg non-stick skillet over med-heat. Cook vegetable slices 30 seconds on ea side.
- In an 11 x 7-in baking dish, layer eggplant, zucchini, 1 1/2 cups of the tomato sauce + the cheese. Repeat layering as needed.
- Bake 10-15 min or till heated through. Cut into 6 servings (approx 3×2 in) & serve immediately w/approx 1 tbsp of the remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce atop ea serving.
- NOTE: Feel free to sub for the marinara sauce w/another tomato-based & meatless spaghetti or lasagna sauce of choice.
The recipe seemed easy enough and I had all the ingredients needed except for the eggplant. I clipped some fresh herbs from my garden. I didn’t have thyme so I used rosemary and I added some fresh basil because I have sooo much of it!
I brushed the oil herb mixture on the slices of zucchini and eggplant. It was pretty messy.
It was kind of a mess. But it tasted all right. If I was going to make this recipe again I would change a few things: it needs more garlic. Maybe the slices of eggplant and zucchini need to be smaller so it’s easier to cut. And I thought a topping of bread crumbs might be a good addition too.
Do you ever change a recipe before making it? Or do you try it first and then figure out what needs to be improved?
QUESTION: What is your favorite zucchini recipe?