Monday, May 25

Got GOOP.....Gwynnie hits the mark....

So case you are unfamiliar, this is Gwynnie Paltrow's weekly e-newsletter. (You can check out the newsletter archives or sign up HERE.)

GOOP and I have sort of a love/hate relationship. I find some of the newsletters downright ridiculous (ie. The $1000 dollar party dress every woman needs to own). But, I have had a lot of success with her recipes.

Her latest newsletter included a recipe for an absolutely amazing Eggplant Parmesan recipe that the DH and I tested over this Memorial Day weekend.


TIME: 1 hour
4 small eggplants (about 2 1/2" in diameter) or 3 regular eggplants
Coarse salt
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
Olive oil
2/3 cup of your favorite tomato sauce*
1 large ball fresh mozzarella (about 4 1/2 ounces)
Small handful of basil leaves, roughly torn
3/4 cup finely grated parmesan (about 2 ounces)
Slice the eggplants into about 1/3" discs. Sprinkle slices with a small pinch of coarse salt on each side and place in a single layer between two clean kitchen towels. Place a cookie sheet on top and weigh down with something heavy (a few cans of beans or tomatoes will do). Let the eggplant sit for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Lightly dredge the eggplant slices in the flour. Heat 1/4" of olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. When a pinch of flour sizzles on contact, add the eggplant slices in a single layer, turn the heat to medium-high and cook for about one and a half minutes on each side or until dark golden brown. Drain the eggplant on paper towels and repeat in batches until all of your eggplant is cooked, adding more oil as necessary.
In a 13" x 9" baking dish, arrange as many slices of eggplant as can fit snugly in a single layer. Top each slice with a small spoonful of tomato sauce, a few small pieces of torn mozzarella, a bit of basil and a dusting of parmesan. Continue the layers, evenly distributing all the ingredients, until everything is used up.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cheese is melting and bubbling and the house smells divine.
*For my simple homemade, never-fail tomato sauce that's always in my fridge...In a large saucepan, slowly cook six cloves of thinly sliced garlic in a couple tablespoons of olive oil for five minutes over low heat. Add two large, fresh basil leaves and stir for a minute. Add two 28-ounce cans of whole, peeled tomatoes along with their juice and two more whole basil leaves. Bring the sauce to a boil, turn down the heat, season with salt and pepper and let it bubble away on low heat for 45 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

I used some homemade marinara sauce that we had frozen. I added some shredded TriBlend Italian Cheese -- DH loves cheese.

This is a very nice alternative to some Eggplant Parm recipes that can be quite time consuming and the leftovers taste great! DH loved it and I would give this a double thumbs up!



  1. I subscribe to GOOP, too, and I agree with you - some of her stuff is really good, and some of it is really silly (remember the list of "affordable" presents?)

  2. Loving your blog sweet girl! Totally agree about GOOP! My husband would love this recipe, I will try it out on the weekend, thank you!


  3. JTS -- thanks for visiting my blog! I do remember the "affordable" gift list that was great...I LMAO!!

    mBr -- My husband enjoyed more of the leftovers tonight! Thanks for visiting...your so sweet. We are also so glad to have your blog back!!!