Eggplant Tomato and Mozzarella Stacks

I love eggplant, I love tomatoes and I love fresh mozzarella and this appetizer has all three!  I have seen several variations of this on Pinterest and I don’t know what took so long for me to try my own version.  It is really easy to make and great as a leftover, which is good because one eggplant makes a lot.  I served it as an appetizer, but I personally could eat this as a meal.

Eggplant Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella - LiveDineParty

Ingredients

  • Eggplant
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Directions

Cut the eggplant into 1/2 inch thick slices.  You can either peel or leave the skin on, whichever you prefer.  Salt the eggplant and thoroughly dry it.  Salting eggplant before cooking is an important step to getting the right taste and texture.  It also helps prevent the eggplant from absorbing too much oil when cooking.

Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil and add a little crushed black pepper.  I was planning on grilling the eggplant, but the weather did not cooperate so I decided to use my grill pan instead.  It came out great, but there is nothing like that real grill flavor so I will have to try it again when it is not pouring out.  Grill the eggplant on both sides until tender.

Eggplant Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella - LiveDineParty Eggplant Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella - LiveDineParty

In the meantime, slice the tomato and fresh mozzarella.  Once the eggplant is cooked, place the eggplant on a baking sheet and stack the tomato and mozzarella.  Adding a fresh basil leaf would also add to the dish, but unfortunately I made this before my basil was ready for picking.  Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is bubbling about 15-20 min.  Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy!

 

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Grilling with My In-laws

Trying to hold on to summer for one more weekend…my in-laws visited recently and with the weather being absolutely perfect, there is no better dinner to serve than something off the grill.  And with the nice weather coming to an end soon, I need to take advantage of grilling for as long as possible.  My husband is the grill master in our family so it also means cooking dinner is a little easier for me since I only have to worry about the side dishes and dessert.

Grilling with My In-laws

The Menu

Main Course: Grilled NY Strip Steaks, seasoned with olive oil and salt and pepper

Side Dishes:  Lemon Risotto and Grilled Vegetables

Dessert: Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries and Whipped Cream

**Check back for recipes for the above menu items.

The Table Setting

This dinner was just a visit and no special occasion so I decided to keep the table setting very casual.  I decided to serve dinner at our breakfast bar instead of doing a full table setting.  We are not fancy people so there is no need to go over the top for every dinner.  However, loving to entertain as much as I do, I had to dress up the breakfast bar just a little J.  I picked up some fresh summer flowers from our local farm stand for the centerpiece.  Adding a simple centerpiece is sometimes all you need to add a little excitement for a casual dinner party.

Summer Flowers