1 large eggplant, cut lengthwise into 8 slices
salt & pepper
4 large eggs (I used 4 "eggs" of Ener-G Egg Replacer)
3/4 C. store-bought pesto (I made this recipe)
2 1/2 C. bread crumbs
6 T. EVOO
3/4 C. ricotta cheese (I used this instead)
1/3 C. grated pecorino-romano cheese (I used nutritional yeast)
1 C. store-bought marinara sauce (I made it from scratch)
Season the eggplant with salt and pepper. In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and 4 T. of the pesto. Pour the bread crumbs onto a large plate. Dip each eggplant slice into the egg mixture, then coat with the breadcrumbs.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 T. olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the eggplant until golden, 2 minutes on each side, using the remaining 4 T. olive oil if needed. Transfer the eggplant to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combine the ricotta and 3 T. grated cheese (or nutritional yeast); season with salt and pepper. Spread 1 T. of the remaining pesto on each eggplant slice and top with about 2 T. of the cheese mixture. Roll up each slice. Place them in a casserole dish and bake until the eggplant is tender when pierced with a toothpick, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan bring the marinara sauce to a simmer. Serve the roll-ups with the sauce and remaining grated cheese.
And lastly, here's Barbie's recipe for the marinara sauce.
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
2 T. oil
2 bay leaves
1 28-oz can Italian crushed tomatoes
1/2 t. oregano
Heat oil in a large sauce pan. Add the garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until onions are soft.
Pour in the tomatoes, oregano, and bay leaves. Cook, uncovered, at a low boil or simmer for 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove bay leaves before serving.
The eggplant was pretty good. I honestly couldn't taste the pesto very strongly. Maybe I didn't put enough on each slice. But it was a ton of work since I made everything from scratch. It took forever and the end result wasn't worth it. This recipe may be only worth it if you take short cuts. It did have a good taste and it was kinda fun to make.. Give it a try, do something different if you'd like. If nothing else, try this amazing marinara sauce. It obviously worked for Ken!;)