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Saucepot Tips – Eggplant Texture

Submitted by Ana


In order to improve the texture of eggplant & keep it from becoming spungey, cut it up, salt it on both sides, let it sit on a paper towel. Once it’s been about an hour, rinse it off, squeezing it out while doing so, then cook it according to the recipe you were using.

Eggplant Casserole

Serves 6
5.8 effective grams of net grams of carbohydrates per serving.

Ingredients

4 c. eggplant, sliced thin 10 oz. provolone cheese, sliced
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded 1lb. lean ground beef
½ c. chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 c. mushrooms, sliced ½ c. celery, chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning 16 oz. Low Carb Spaghetti sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Saute lean ground beef in frying pan with mushrooms, garlic, onion, celery & Italian seasonings. Fry until the meat is no longer pink. Drain any excess oil & remove. 
  3. Peel eggplant & slice it very thin.
  4. Grease bottom & sides of a 9″x13″ glass baking dish with olive oil on bottom & sides. Layer half the eggplant on bottom of pan. Sprinkle eggplant with additional Italian seasoning if desired. 
  5. Layer half of the meat mixture, half of the sauce & half of the provolone (lasagna style). Repeat layering with remaining eggplant, meat, sauce & provolone.
  6. Spread mozzarella over the top of the casserole, cover with foil & bake for approximately 45 minutes or until done, taking foil off last 5-10 minutes to brown.