Salvaging A Plan Gone Awry

The most brilliant ideas and the most carefully laid plans can and will go awry despite the best intentions and the most valiant efforts. Today, for instance, the plan was to grill an eggplant (aubergine) for a dish. My George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine was too small and I didn’t feel like firing up the outdoor charcoal grill so I got the brilliant idea to use my stovetop Belgian waffle iron. Just out of curiosity I checked the internet to see if it had been done before. The answer was, yes of course, there is nothing new under the sun.

eggplant
eggplant


I cut the eggplant into thick slices (1 1/2 to 2 inches) to allow for shrinkage, brushed them on both sides with oil and seasoned them with salt and pepper. Several minutes of cooking resulted in a big mess, not at all the waffled aubergine steaks I was hoping for.

eggplant

eggplant


In an attempt to salvage the situation I mixed whole wheat sourdough bread crumbs with the cooked eggplant. Meanwhile the rest of the slices were cooked in the Cuisinart Oven Central.

eggplant

eggplant


I pressed the eggplant bread crumb mixture and the other cooked slices into the bottom of the cooking tray of the Oven Central.

eggplant


On top of the eggplant I spread a tomato, mushroom and spinach sauce.

eggplant


The sauce was made with canned Italian tomatoes to which I added dried basil and oregano.

eggplant

eggplant


Sliced mushrooms which had been cooked in a dry skillet were then added to the tomato sauce followed by chopped fresh spinach.

eggplant

eggplant

eggplant


Sliced black olives were scattered on top of the aubergine mixture and tomato sauce.

eggplant


Next was a layer of shredded Asiago cheese mixed with whole wheat sourdough bread crumbs. Lastly, a few artichokes were placed and topped with another sprinkling of shredded Asiago cheese.

eggplant

eggplant

eggplant


All this was baked in Oven Central for 30 minutes or more with top and bottom 450ºF heat.

eggplant


It wasn’t the way I envisioned assembling this dish but all is well that ends well. All the right flavors were there and we quite enjoyed it.

eggplant

eggplant


 


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