Baked Eggplant Antipasto Recipe Reviews - (Pg. 1)
Reviewed: Nov. 21, 2013
This just didn’t work out exceptionally well. Made as written except for subbing dry for unavailable fresh oregano. It took about 15 minutes more bake time to soften the eggplant ‘rounds’ toward the center of casserole. I guess the 2 globe eggplants selected were x-large (vs. ‘large’ per recipe) as the casserole dish was filled to the brim with enough leftover to do another layer. With more than a dozen eggplant varieties in substantially different sizes and shapes, expressing in pounds rather than quantity would help yield more consistency in the end result. I’m giving this the best rating of several eaters which ranged from 2* - 4*. Two things to consider . . . eggplant releases water as it cooks, and following instructions to not drain liquid from the canned diced tomatoes and jar of marinated artichokes creates a wet casserole. Spooning in some liquid presumably yields more flavor but no need to have the eggplant swimming in it. Generally, we prefer leaving the skin on eggplant since it’s the most nutritious part of the fruit. In this recipe, I would skin them to get a more uniform texture across the entire casserole as the less cooked ‘rounds’ toward the center were a bit tough while the flesh of the ones around the edges were on the mushy side. Alternatively, breading and baking (or frying) the eggplant (like eggplant Parmesan) would yield uniform consistency and a more tasty casserole but represents a major change from the way this is written.
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