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Eggplant Tomato Layered YUM! with Greek Oregano

There is oregano and then there’s Greek OREGANO!  The oregano in our spring box from Harmonian, straight from Greece, is so fragrant, so flavorful and unlike any store bought oregano you’ll find in grocery stores here. Now of course you can use this just like you would use oregano in any recipe, but I have 2 suggestions for it here, one with a nod to Greece using lemon, as my memories of Greece and Greek food always include lemon. The main recipe, Eggplant Tomato Layered Yum! is a go-to meal for us on our meatless nights. I have another version posted before, but since I have noticed that this is an often searched-for recipe, I thought I’d spice up your repertoire and add this version as well!Eggplant tomato layered yum ingredients

EGGPLANT TOMATO LAYERED YUM! with GREEK OREGANO – serves 6

4 small Italian eggplants, trimmed and cut into 1/4” slices
5 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 bunch of scallions (with large bulbs if you can find) or 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
2 tsp. Harmonium Greek oregano
1/2 of a ball of mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
8 slices of provolone cheese, torn to fit
6 plum tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/4”slices
Salt
Pepper
1 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 tbs. chopped chives

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slick a 15” x10” glass Pyrex pan with olive oil. Lay eggplant slices to cover the bottom. Eggplant tomato layered yum with eggplant and scallionsSprinkle on sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Spread out garlic and sliced scallions or shallots to cover. Eggplant tomato layered yum with Greek oregano onThen sprinkle on the Greek oregano and take a moment to breathe in the wonderful aroma. Lay on top any leftover extra eggplant slices. Swirl a little bit of olive oil all over the top. Eggplant tomato layered yum with mozzarella cheese layered on

Lay on the mozzarella, Eggplant tomato layered yum with provolone

then cover with the Provolone, tearing slices to make a nice even covering. Spread out tomatoes on the top. Lightly salt and pepper the tomatoes.

Eggplant tomato layered yum breadcrumbs in bowl

In a small bowl, mix together with a fork, the panko, olive oil, Pecorino Romano, chives and salt and pepper to taste. Eggplant tomato layered yum  ready for oven

Spread crumb mixture on top. Bake in the oven, uncovered, for 35 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting up to serve.

Eggplant tomato layered yum plated on ww pasta

Cut into 6 rectangles and serve on top of whole wheat pasta for a delicious vegetarian meal!!oregano lemon chicken on pasta w broccolli rabe

For this delicious LEMON OREGANO ROAST CHICKEN, refer to this recipe, but instead of shoving garlic and thyme sprigs under the skin, cover lemon slices with oregano and slide underneath the skin, oregano side down.lemon slices covered with Greek oregano

Use 2 slices for each breast and one slice for each back side of the thighs. Also use the parmesan cheese rinds in the cavity and you’ll have a delicious roast chicken!

I served this on top of fusilli with sautéed broccoli rabe.

 

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    • says

      Jovina, that is exactly why I made up this recipe – to replace eggplant parmesan with something cleaner, lighter, fresher tasting. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. You can also serve a smaller piece without the pasta as a first course. People LOVE it!

  1. says

    I had no idea about Greek oregano! unfortunately it’s probably too late to get some to plant this year. Great looking dishes – i especially love what you did with the lemon slices!
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