2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices
2 eggs, beaten to blend
1 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1 package chopped spinach, cooked and well drained, place between paper towels
to remove all of the moisture
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
4 cups Quick Tomato Sauce* or homemade sauce
Additional grated Mozzarella cheese
Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
Dip eggplant slice into eggs. Dip into breadcrumbs, coating thoroughly. Add to
skillet and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Drain thoroughly on
paper towels. Repeat with remaining eggplant.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the ricotta and the spinach together. Spread Ricotta mixture over each
eggplant slice. Sprinkle with Mozzarella. Roll up jelly roll fashion, starting
at one short end. Secure each with toothpick.
Spread 2 cups tomato sauce in bottom of 9 x 13 inch ovenproof glass baking dish.
Place rolls atop sauce. Pour remaining 2 cups sauce over. Sprinkle with
additional Mozzarella. Bake until cheese is golden, about 30 minutes.
*QUICK TOMATO SAUCE:
Makes about 4 cups
This tangy sauce is also delicious over freshly cooked pasta.
1 (16 oz.) can crushed plum tomatoes, undrained
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 tsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. dried basil, crumbled
1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled
Combine all ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring
occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally,
about 20 minutes. Serve hot. (Can be prepared 1 month ahead and frozen in