VE Turning 40 Celebration – Eggplant Parmigiana
Wondering what VE is? It’s the shortened title coined by author Anna Thomas for her cookbook, The Vegetarian Epicure. This year, upon the coaxing of David from David’s Table, I’ve been getting into celebrating one of my all time fave cookbooks that is turning 40 years old. I’ve entered my special photo and along with today’s post – an adapted recipe for eggplant parmigiana, a Happy Birthday article I wrote last month…this is turning into a stellar VE 40th birthday celebration! For this post I’m also including a cookbook giveaway for one of you lovelies to receive a gently-used copy of The Vegetarian Epicure, from me to you! (see info below)
Confession time! Prior to this attempt, I’d never made Eggplant Parmigiana before. I was a little bit leery only because everyone coming for the family brunch had their own food experiences to recall about good and bad recipes they had tried before. And from start to plate, to the “OMG! Mom this is sooo good” to “Honey you did it” with a wink and a thumbs up, I sorta, kinda knew Anna wouldn’t let me down. Enjoy my version, which isn’t too far off the original, and if you are the give-away winner I encourage you to turn to page 137 and give Anna’s recipe a try too!
What you’ll need…
- 1 medium eggplant; sliced about 1″ thick, give or take a skosh
- flour; I used white, whole wheat would be fine too
- egg with a splash or two of milk to use as a wash; beaten
- dried breadcrumbs; mix in some wheat germ (optional, although it adds nuttiness)
- olive oil (I added a few cubes of butter too…mmm!)
- thin slices of mozzarella cheese. (another option is Swiss cheese, which I’ve tried and loved it!)
- homemade or bottled pasta sauce; the thicker the better, I used Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic
- fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Anna Thomas wrote The Vegetarian Epicure back in 1972…with over a million copies sold, it’s a classic cookbook that I feel everyone should have for their kitchen.
That is about it for today. You are appreciated and loved!
UPDATE – The winner of a gently used copy of The Vegetarian Epicure was Faye! Putting the cookbook in the mail today!