Okay... you bought the eggplants, but you don't have any meat in the house.
Not even the fake stuff.
How about cheese?
Yes, this is for an Italian recipe.
Mozzarella, not American.
In a pinch, the plastic wrapped slices will do.
It's gonna melt, so who's to know?
And some Romano.
That's what Carmela uses.
Hey, if you prefer Parmesan, I won't tell.
Maybe even Meadow prefers Parmesan, too.
No, Paulie won't pay a visit.
Don't even mention Mother's Day to him.
In the Welcome to the Family chapter of Carmela's Entertaining with The Sopranos, Carmela has a recipe for Eggplant Rollatini.
This must've been another recipe from Carm's early days with Tony.
I mean, no meat.
Not even ground hamburger, 40% fat.
Carmela says this serves eight.
Maybe it was a side dish.
Maybe there was a steak on the table.
She doesn't say.
have 2 plarge cookie sheets handy
grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish
preheat oven to 450º after the eggplant has drained
YOU'LL BE REDUCING IT TO 350º FOR THE MAIN BAKING
bake 20 + 25 minutes
Cut into 1/4 inch thick diagonal slices
Place in layers, sprinkling each layer with salt,
in a colander placed in a pot so the water can drain.
Cover the top layer with a weight.
Let stand 30 minutes to drain the excess liquid.
Rinse eggplant with cool water.
Pat dry with paper towels.
Brush slices on each side with
Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet
Bake 10 minutes, turn slices and
Bake 5 - 10 minutes, until tender.
Remove from oven and reduce heat to 350º.
Spoon into the 13 x 9 inch baking dish
1 Cup tomato sauce
Slice into 1/2 inch sticks
8 ounces mozzarella
Place a stick across the long end of a mozzarella slice
Roll up, place seam side down in baking dish and repeat.
Spoon over the slices
1 Cup tomato sauce
1/4 Cup grated Romano
Bake 25 minutes, until sauce is bubbling.
Serve hot with your favorite pasta.
Would I make Eggplant Rollatini again?
Eggplant Parmigiana is easier.
And Paul likes it better.
My Paul, not Paulie.
Another recipe down. Twenty-two more to go.