As the recipe is written, I'd probably give this 4 stars. However, I made some changes that we loved that made it a 5-star one for us. I used baby eggplants for the flavor and tenderness, used a whole pepper (orange because that's what I had on hand), added 2 cloves of minced garlic, used Italian seasoning instead of the separate spices, substituted 14 oz of crushed tomatoes for half the diced tomatoes, used precooked bacon that I sauteed for a couple of minutes to crisp up nicely, added a pinch of crushed red pepper and used aged provolone in place of the swiss cheese, which I feel is a bit too mild for the bold flavors of the dish. I baked until the dish was bubbly and the cheese was nicely browned. It was delicous and we'll definitely make again with the same revisions I made the first time. We loved it.
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As the recipe is written, I'd probably give this 4 stars. However, I made some changes that...