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    3-Cheese Eggplant Casserole

    Get your daily dose of vitamins B6 and K with this scrumptious dish

    Cazuela de berenjena con tres quesos, receta de Denisse Oller.

    With three different cheeses, eggplant casserole has never tasted so good. — Marisa Zanganeh

    En Español | Yields 4-6 portions

    Ingredients:

    • 3 medium eggplants
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 Spanish onion, finely cut
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely cut
    • 3 fresh basil leaves
    • 120-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • ½ teaspoon paprika
    • ½ teaspoon salt and additional salt for the eggplants
    • ½ teaspoon sugar
    • 1 cup (8 ounces) ricotta cheese
    • 1 cup (8 ounces) low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • ½ cup (4 ounces) Parmesan cheese, grated

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    Topping:

    • ½ cup (4 ounces) bread crumbs
    • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely cut
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely cut

    Oven-safe pan:

    • 11” x 8.5” x2”

    Preparation:

    1. Heat oven to 325° F.
    2. Slice eggplants across into ½-inch slices. Place on a grill and sprinkle with salt. Set aside for at least 30 minutes to remove excess moisture.
    3. Dry well and place on a hot grill for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and set aside.
    4. Sauce preparation:  Heat pan to medium heat. Add oil and onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add basil, canned diced tomato, tomato paste, paprika, salt and sugar and cook covered for 10 minutes on medium-low heat. Adjust seasoning.
    5. Mix together all the cheeses and set aside. Mix together all the topping ingredients.
    6. Cover the bottom of the pan with a light layer of sauce. Add a layer of eggplant followed by a layer of cheese. Add more sauce, another layer of eggplant, cheeses and more sauce. Finish with a layer of eggplant and cover with bread crumbs.
    7. Bake at 325° F for 40 minutes. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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