Happy Valentine's day (a little late, I grant you) I hope you all had a lovely day, I know these two Idiots did. Mr. Idiot even brought champagne so we could have mimosas. But, this is not where I rub your faces in how much breakfast food I ate yesterday. (It was a LOT by the way) But, I am here to talk about this awesome baked eggplant I made last night. (Don't panic guys, Valentine's day steak dinner photos are coming soon, but I am full of leftover steak and wine, so be happy I'm posting at all.)
Anyway, one of the things I realized was missing in my new paleo delicious lifestyle was some hearty Italian food. There's plenty of awesome recipes for Asian food and burgers and all kinds, but I think Italian is hard to fake because of all that cheese and pasta and...okay, I'm drooling.
But! If you've got a hankering like I did for hearty, meaty yummy Italian goodness, this is stuff for you. And it's pretty easy. And I got to use a new vegetable so score on the experience chart for me!
Anyway, I used ground turkey in this because we didn't have any other ground beef, but you can use beef too.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
You have to slice the eggplant up and "weep" it, which is something I had never heard of until the other night. Slice it, put it in a colander and salt it. Leave it for 20 minutes and it'll leak liquid. (Put a bowl under the colander fyi)
Squish it down a little after the 20 minutes to get any leftover liquid out.
Brush the slices of eggplant with olive oil on both sides and put the eggplant in the oven for 25 minutes.
The time it takes to get the eggplant done is different depending on your oven, so make sure it's crispy on the edges.
Turn the oven down to 350 and heat a pan over medium high heat. I diced up a couple of tomatoes and added a cup of tomato juice.
Let the meat cook through, the turkey only took about ten minutes.
You can layer this however you like, I know eggplant parm isn't usually layered like lasagna, but I only have a little oven dish, so I layered it.
Once the oven is down to 350, put the eggplant in for another fifteen minutes.
I sprinkled parmesan on top (SUE ME GUYS) because it's delicious and we had a little bit still leftover.
Plate, and ta-da! Awesome, filling, Italian amazingness. So satisfying.