Sunday, May 17, 2009

Parmigiana: Baked Eggplant with Tomato Sauce

For my twenty-two years of life in the Philippines, I have learned how the eggplants were cooked. The best that I like is the "tortang talong" or the eggplant grilled and peeled then soaked in egg after which, it is fried. This is the one I like so much. The other menu includes talong with other vegetables like the squash/pumpkin and eggplant in the "Pinakbet" (a Filipino delicious vegetable mix). Other ways to have it cooked it is in "adobo"-similar style of cooking, sauted eggplant or eggplant salad (my second fave). I once tasted one menu of eggplant as an appetizer at Buto't Balat Restaurant in Iloilo City (Philippines) and I liked it too. It was (seemed to me) a grated eggplant, formed and baked with oil... or so it seemed.

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parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe

Why I tell eggplanty things now? Because I have discovered a new way to make it and i tell you that it's really delicious. Of course per my palate! Do you know lasagna? This eggplant menu I'm telling you is purely Italian, prepared like how one prepares lasagna. Now you have a little clue.

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parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe
parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe
When I saw how it was prepared, it seemed weired to me. But after I ate this "Parmiggiana" (this is how it is calle) it suddenly became one of my favorites. It is a layer of grilled eggplants sprinkled with formaggio (an Italian cheese) and thickened with "scamorza" (another Italian cheese but just a little harder than mozzarella). It is then mixed with boiled tomato sauce and then placed in the oven to let it ready. I'll just share with you how it was prepared and you may experiment on it if you get interested. But for me, it is really healthy and delicious. Why? Because it's all vegetable and so much calcium from cheese. Good for those who watch their cholesterol from fats and for those diet conscious. Of course it's good for vegetarians as well.

See realted posting on How Good
Cheese/Milkand TomatoesAre.

See the rest of the descriptive images below:

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parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe
parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe
parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe


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parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe
parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe
parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe
parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe
parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe
parmigina, eggplant recipe, yummy eggplant, italian cuisine, italian recipe

13 comments:

Noemi "Mica" Watson said...

yummy! you make me hungry, anyway, thanks for droppingby...you care xlinks?let me know, thanks!

idealpinkrose said...

hi sis, i like your blog so i linked you up! hope you can link me up, too! thanks a lot!

idealpinkrose said...

ooppsss...i linked you up here on my food blog sis!

ginabeloved said...

uhm! yummy kakagutom
wish to taste 'em all

Mummy Sheng said...

those are yummy food!

just dropping by here.

idealpinkrose said...

hi sis, thanks for linking my food blog.

yes, i eat hot and spicy food...i can eat even the one that is still boiling in the pot...hehehe...

Anino said...

Napakasarap naman niyan!!!Sayang wala ako nung kesong imported.

Ito pa ang isang recipe na hindi ko alam kung ako ang orihinal.

Paghaluin lang ang steamed eggplant,kamatis,paminta,suka,sibuyas at asin.

Subukan mo.

I Love Philippines! said...

Hi Mica! We are linked to each other by now and I thank you for your constant visits. You do have a great page and I hope to be a member of your ads soon too.. My blog is too young for anything.

Mica said:
"yummy! you make me hungry, anyway, thanks for droppingby...you care xlinks?let me know, thanks!"

I Love Philippines! said...

Hi Idealpinkrose..wow! Very girlyfloweryname you got here! hehehe.. Thnaks.. I like your Korean food blog too.. So bad, I cannot find any Korean (even noodles) here in our grocery stores.. I have added your link already and thank you so much.

idealpinkrose said the following:
"hi sis, i like your blog so i linked you up! hope you can link me up, too! thanks a lot!" and

"ooppsss...i linked you up here on my food blog sis!"

I Love Philippines! said...

Hi George and Sheng! Thanks for coming over. Will see your current posts soon. Yup, indeed looks yummy.. wish to have some of them again.

Sheng said:
"those are yummy food!

just dropping by here."

George (Gina) said:
"uhm! yummy kakagutom
wish to taste 'em all"

I Love Philippines! said...

Hi Anino! Hmmph! Yan na yata ang insaladang sinasabi ko? I have tsted them back in puerto galera.. really masarap.. I do like spicy and sour food so much! Above Italian food...hehehe

And about the imported keso...well, i guess there are lots of mozzarella in ph? You can always sub...

Anino said:
"Napakasarap naman niyan!!!Sayang wala ako nung kesong imported.

Ito pa ang isang recipe na hindi ko alam kung ako ang orihinal.

Paghaluin lang ang steamed eggplant,kamatis,paminta,suka,sibuyas at asin."

Liza said...

These photos are making me hungry. I love eggplant too and tortang talong is also my favorite, but I think I should give the parmiggiano (did i spell it right?) a try.

Another great recipe for eggplant is to stir fry it with chili garlic and oyster sauce. ;)

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Liza said...

By the way, I hope you don't mind but I'm adding you to my links.

Cheers!