So this is it. Blogging. Such a weird concept. A weird concept that I shall take full advantage of. Well, it’s pretty obvious that no matter how many food blogs you follow, you won’t remember all the steps. For instance, taking photos of the process? Meh. I guess I should have kept that one in mind, because I definitely forgot until I had put together my entire meal. Whoopsie! So the photos are scarce this time, but I hope you’ll enjoy anyway.
Today’s recipe: Eggplant and Tofu Parmesan
You know those times when you look in your fridge and think, “Shit! I need to get rid of this tofu and use that eggplant by this weekend!!” Yeah, me neither. But today I decided to put together a little something using those two ingredients.
1 medium/large eggplant
1/3 package of extra firm tofu
Your favorite tomato sauce
12 oz bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
Finely grated parmesan cheese
Extra-virgin olive oil
Your favorite pasta (spaghetti is my favorite with this!)
1.) Peel a raw eggplant and cut slices about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch thick. Lightly salt each side and place on paper towels to soak up excess water from the eggplant.
2.) Slice up the tofu (same thickness) and dry out on paper towels.
3.) As your eggplant and tofu slices are draining, heat a generous amount of olive oil in a skillet (about 3/4 inch high). When hot, lightly fry the eggplant and tofu slices. The eggplant should take about 2 minutes on each side, until you can easily stick your fork in the slices. The tofu should only take about 1 minute per side, as it is soft to begin with. Layer the fried slices between paper towels to soak up the excess grease.
4.) Use a square oven-safe pan to prepare the dish. First, put a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Place a single layer of eggplant on top of the sauce. Then, top with a layer of sauce, then mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Next, layer the tofu on top and repeat the sauce/cheese step. Keep layering this way until you have used up the eggplant and tofu.
5.) Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the cheese on top is slightly browned.
6.) Let sit for about a half hour so that it will set and come out clean.
7.) While setting, cook your fave pasta to go on the side.
8.) Enjoy!! 🙂