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Take my Tomatoes... please?

August 8, 2007 - 3:07 PM

Welp, due to some late blithe, we have had to be vigilant taking care of our tomato plants to survive and keep producing. As of right now, they are hanging in there and producing. However, since we have to spray them with stuff we have to harvest everything ready and then spray because we can't harvest for a few days after. In which case, we just did and I am here to say...


Anyone want any tomatoes?


I will deliver them to your IC home (all others will have to come to us, :)!) Oh!


And peppers too?


And eggplant (in a few more days)?


Easy Eggplant Parmesan for 5" round baking dish
(It is just like lasagna but the eggplant slices go where the lasagna noodles normally go.)

1 eggplant
2 roma tomatoes
3 large thin slices of zucchini
mozzarella (shredded)
parmesan (grated or shredded)
salt, pepper, garlic, basil
extra virgin olive oil

Peel eggplant and slice up eggplant into 3/8" slices.  Lay flat on plate and sprinkle with salt, tilt plate at a slight angle and let eggplant sweat off bitter juices.  (In about an hour.)  After an hour, pat dry eggplant and heat 1/8 to 3/16" oil in skillet on med-high.  Fry eggplant on each side until looks lightly browned and softened.  You can also place zucchini in skillet and saute after eggplant is done, just remove extra oil if you like. 

Then in your smallest baking dish, I used a 5" round one I had, spray with cooking spray then layer in however order you want depending on how much you have of each on hand... eggplant, parmesan, roma slices, salt, pepper, mozza, basil, zucchini, mozza, eggplant, tomatoes, salt, pepper, parmesan, zucchini*, etc... end with eggplant, then parmesan and mozza and basil.  Cover and bake at 375 for 20 minutes if you use a small dish.  Can bake 5 more minutes uncovered at end.

(If you make this in a large dish, it takes about 3 eggplants and then you can use actual marinara sauce as well or instead of roma slices.  Also, a bigger dish is for 45 minutes.)

Again, to this dish my husband said, "It was surprisingly amazing."  You can be the judge of that. 

*Also, when I lived in Italy, we made variations of this type of dish all the time.  We used whatever fresh veggies we had on hand, onions, peppers, carrots, etc and saute them up and put them in however.  We also used buffalo mozzarella (the soft stuff sold in water) and if you have the inkling try that for a layer, yummy!

Response to Take my Tomatoes... please?

  • Sarah said on August 9, 2007 - 10:36 AM

    Ohh..the Windhams will take some tomatoes and eggplants! Our big tomatoes are not fairing well anymore, so we would love some non-cherry sized tomatoes! We can come by before/after the picnic tonight. :) Thanks!

  • Alicia S. said on August 9, 2007 - 1:29 PM

    I would love some tomatoes! SANDWICH OF AWESOMENESS (in less than ten minutes): Slice tomatoes, marinade for a minute or two in a couple tablespoons olive oil and balsamic vinegar (to taste). Put slices on one slice of bread, sprinkle cracked black pepper, top with cheese. On another slice of bread, put mayo, sprinkle of herbs (basil, oregano, etc) and some more cheese. Put both slices face up under the broiler for five minutes or until cheese is golden. Mash together and consume immediately! I suspect this will also make a killer BLT, but is fabulous with just the T.

  • Wendy said on August 9, 2007 - 1:56 PM

    I would gladly accept any fresh produce too!! I could pick them up sometime if you aren't driving in my direction. If they are all claimed, no biggie though. Thanks!

  • Dana said on August 9, 2007 - 3:35 PM

    Thanks ladies! I was assuming everyone around here was getting there fill from elsewhere! I will bring a bunch to the picnic tonight and you can take what you like. Enjoy!

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