always remember. [eggplant parmesan lasagna]

October 27th, 2011 by | comments

I’m going to keep this short today, as I honestly can’t think of anything to say. We lost a wonderful and genuine person yesterday who will be truly missed.

Rest in peace, Mikey, you’ll always be remembered. Love always, ‘Stegler.’

“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” – John Taylor


Olive oil

2-3 small eggplants, dried, peeled, and cut into 1-inch slices

1 cup all-purpose flour

4 tbsp. dried parsley

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 (10 oz.) package Trader Joe’s organic bread crumbs

Salt and pepper

4 eggs

1 (28 oz.) can San Marzano diced tomatoes

6 roma tomatoes, diced

1 cup sweet onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. dried oregano

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 (15 oz.) jar Trader Joe’s fresh Ricotta

1 lb. (16 oz.) Trader Joe’s part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place eggplant slices on cookie sheets lined with paper towels. Sprinkle lightly with salt; let stand 20 minutes.

Pour flour into a shallow bowl. In a separate large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Lightly beat the eggs in a third bowl.

Working with 1 slice at a time, lightly coat eggplant in flour, removing excess, then dredge in egg, letting excess drip off, then in bread crumb mixture until evenly coated.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; add olive oil. Fry eggplant 3-4 slices at a time, turning over once, until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per batch. Transfer with tongs to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Heat a small skillet over medium heat; add olive oil. Add onions and garlic and saute until translucent and aromatic.

Pour diced tomatoes into a large pot and bring to a boil. Add onions and garlic. Season with oregano, salt and pepper. Bring tomato sauce to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.

Mix ricotta cheese and shredded mozzarella in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Oil 13 x 9 glass baking dish. Spread 1/2 of the tomato sauce on the bottom of the dish. Arrange 2 rows of eggplant crosswise in single layer in dish. Spread half of ricotta mixture over eggplant. Spoon remaining sauce over the cheese layer. Repeat layering, ending with cheese.

Bake lasagna for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Tent dish with foil halfway through the cooking process if cheese begins to brown too much. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

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  • This lasagna looks fabulous! It doesn’t help that I’m starving right now.

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

  • A vegetarian friend of mine always makes and brings eggplant lasagna over when she comes over. Ricotta cheese rules! Oh and she adds slices of tofu too!

  • Your eggplant lasagna looks wonderful! I forgot that I had eggplant in my other refrigerator and had to throw them away! I have to go buy more eggplant to make this.
    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Hang in there!

  • So sorry for you loss – sending lots of hugs.
    The lasange is wonderful – thanks for another great recipe
    Mary x

  • I’m sorry to hear about Mikey. I think your lasagna, and this post, gives new meaning to the words comfort food.

  • I’m sorry to hear about your loss, Caroline. This has to be the most comforting parmesan lasagna I’ve ever seen! Gorgeous thickness and full of flavor.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the beautiful memories that your friend shared with you.

    Your lasagna looks divine. I could really go for a slice of this.

  • So sorry for your loss Caroline x

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Caroline. Beautiful recipe!
    Have a happy day.
    :-) Mandy

  • It’s so sad to read this today, I’m so sorry you lost such a good friend.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your friend! Wish there was something I could say to help.

  • You look after yourself and your other friends for a wee bit, we will be fine! take good care caroline, c

  • Sorry to hear of your loss, my sincere condolences. Love all the cooking that you have been doing while I have been away.

  • The lasagna looks grand! I love the use of eggplants!

  • egg me on

    So sorry, Caroline. :(
    But I totally agree with Greg. This lasagna is the perfect comfort food. (It’s so tall! I’m very impressed.)

  • Sorry for your loss Caroline. Be well and thanks for sharing another brilliant dish.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your friend Caroline :( *Hugs*

    On a lighter note, your lasagna is to die for. I really wish food could literally be shared through the internet…like emailed to me or something? Haha…I wish. Looks fab as usual though :)

  • So, so sorry, Caroline to hear about your friend. Hopefully he’s enjoying a big giant slice of this deliciousness from above. Hugs!

  • I’m sorry to hear about your loss Caroline. I hope the coming days go as well as possible under the circumstances. I love lasagna – who doesn’t? – and am always looking for ways of varying carbohydrate content so am appreciative of the eggplant. Great looking result! (bet it taste delicious too). xo

  • That a lovely piece of meal, I love the smell of eggplants frying.

  • Sorry, Caroline, to read of the loss of your friend, Mikey.

  • I’m truly sorry for your loss. Keep sharing your gift with the world girl, you’re amazing! xo

  • Awww…sorry to hear about your loss. Hope you feel better soon. PS San Marzano tomatoes are the way to go!!

  • Lovely recipe, I’m very sorry to hear about your loss

  • –Caroline,
    sorry for your loss. I understand.
    thinking of you and saying a prayer. Xxx

  • Ann

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend….you’re in my thoughts.

    The recipe looks incredible

  • blessings to you! May there be sunshine in your day today :)

  • I love your recipe – eggplant is a real favourite of mine!

    Sorry for your loss though, Caroline! :(

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Caroline. Know that you’re in my thoughts.


  • I am so sorry, Caroline.
    This lasagna looks comforting, homely and simply delicious.

  • Yum! This looks delicious.

  • Amy

    So sorry to hear about your loss :(

  • Caroline, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I’ll be thinking of you. Sometimes there are just no words…Hugs to you!

  • Sorry for your loss, Caroline. You are so loved; I hope you find comfort in the memories of Mikey and in those around you.

  • i am so sorry to hear about your friend. I will keep you all in my prayers. This is a great tribute to him though- the lasagna looks amazing

  • Oh eggplant parm… I can’t stop staring at your photo because I haven’t had this in so long. Thanks for reminding me about this dish Caroline. You did a wonderful job with this

  • Oh Caroline… my heart and prayers are with you right now. Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe in your time of loss. Lots of love to you – xx!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, everyone. I can’t express how much that means to me. Love each and every one of you! xx

  • So sorry to hear about your loss, Caroline. Thinking of you xx

  • Sorry for you loss Caroline, sending all my thoughts.

    The recipe looks delicious and has gorgeous photos – as per usual.


  • Beautiful lasagna and a beautiful quote, I feel for you, take care x

  • Lasagna is my all-time favorite! And this blog is inching higher with every post…

  • nom nom nom! i just love the laying style of food! its such an art!

  • I am so sorry that you someone you care about Caroline. Please take care. This eggplant lasagne is honestly the most beautiful slice of lasagne I have ever seen and it is making me so hungry at my desk. Lunch is not close enough.

  • So sorry to hear about your friend. This is a great lasagna to make in his memory.

  • I am so sorry for your loss, Caroline. Your lasagna looks lovely and I’m certain it was enjoyed by all.

  • So sorry about your loss – take good care of yourself.

  • Thank you so much everyone, you’re so sweet. I really appreciate it. xx

  • sorry for your lose, this is the life….
    As an eggplant lover, really liked your lazagna, will be saved to try it as soon as possible..

  • Those look ever so scrumptious! A bit like Moussaka…



  • I’ll have six helpings, please, with a short trip in an ambulance for dessert. :)

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