Eggplant Lasagna with a Kumato Salad
I have to get this out of the way before I go any further…You like potato and I like potahto. You like tomato and I like kumato! Potato, potahto…tomato, kumato…Let’s call the whole thing off! I must apologize for the insanity, but that little line was one of those kinds of things that gets in your head and just won’t go away. So, now that I have gotten that out of my system, I feel so much better and can continue with the post.
Anyway, it is getting wilder here at home. We are about to have a house full of guests and a wedding to go along with it. My hubby’s daughter is getting married, so it’s going to be
an incredibly stressful 10 days a really fun time! I always get into the “perfectionist” mode when it is time to entertain or have house guests. I start to clean and cook like crazy. Well, I still don’t know why we all clean before house guests. When they all pile in no one can see the dirt anyway. The place needs cleaning far more after they leave, but that is a topic for another post.
As I mentioned, I love to do do all sorts of cooking when we have guests so that
I can just have a nibble and everyone else can eat enjoy the fruits of my labor. Since we are having a wedding, I was thinking of all the good food and desserts that I could make. I knew that I had some dietary restrictions to work around as my hubby’s daughter is a vegetarian. Well then, I realized that I also have a niece who is on a gluten-free diet. Well, sakes alive! This is a toughie. No meat, chicken or fish is one thing, but no wheat products…what can I possibly make?! How about some reservations! all the fattening foods
Well, we will be going out to eat some just because it is easier and everyone can have whatever they want without all the stress in the kitchen. However, there is one wonderful dish that will satisfy all of those dietary restrictions (unless, of course, there is something else that no one has told me about…). Eggplant Lasagna. Now, my hubby is supposed to be on a low-fat diet, so he may be getting the short end of this stick, but at least everyone else can eat it. Just please don’t come here and tell me that somebody is lactose intolerant.
I saw this dish on the front cover of Bon Appetit and was excited to try it. I did make some changes (actually, lots of changes). I did not roll the eggplant as the recipe called for. I layered the eggplant slices just like you would lasagna noodles. I left out the mint (even though it made it in my picture). I just wasn’t feeling the love for the mint with the swiss chard. I also added a bit more cheese (it had to taste good) and I did not use plain tomato sauce as the recipe called for. I figured that would be rather bland, so I used a jar of my favorite marinara sauce from Del Grosso. Obviously, you can make you own sauce or use any other jarred sauce. The flavors from the sauce with all the eggplant and the three different types of cheeses were incredible! My hubby didn’t even notice that there was no pasta in the dish until I mentioned that is was eggplant (pretty cool, huh?)!
What a wonderful anniversary dinner! I love the idea of eggplant lasagna and kumatos are just so yummy, they are definitely now our favorite kind of tomatoes!
This was yummy and very cheesy! It was not our usual ultra fancy dinner, but it was so good.
This looks positively amazing, Gwen, and I love that it fit (almost) everyone’s dietary restrictions.
Thanks for the comment, Marie! As long as someone isn’t allergic to dairy, I am good to go! We really did not miss the pasta or the meat in this dish. It was truly delicious!
this lasagna is making my mouth water….growing up I never like eggplant, now I pass up on the chicken parm and eat eggplant instead!
I never thought of making it like lasagna, what a great idea!
I bet this may make an appearance in your kitchen with the girls! It is really healthy with the Swiss chard. I also substituted part-skim ricotta for the whole milk version.
Bunny, mmm this looks so good! I LOVE eggplant. And cheese. It’s like this dish was created just for me.
The entire menu looks amazing, what lucky guests to have you cook for them! I also love eggplant, it’s the best, way better then lasagne noodles!
Thank you! We really enjoyed the eggplant and no pasta in this. It was wonderful.
The BEST thing about this post — even better than the wonderful lasagne — is that your great sense of humor comes trhough in your writing! Have fun and drink lots of wine!
Thanks! Gotta have fun with it and definitely have some wine! 😉
great anniversary dineer, love lasagna but eggplant lasagna even better..beautful salad..
Thank you! I may be a convert after having this particular version. It was that good!
Your eggplant lasagna looks delicious but what really got me was the kumato caprese salad. That balsamic looks like honey! Never really occured to me to reduce it to mimic those 50 yr old balsamics that have that thick syrupy viscosity.
Thank you for the comment. The balsamic is really awesome reduced like this! I will usually reduce it for this salad and some other dishes if I have a few extra minutes. Reducing does make it taste richer and more expensive. I always use a pretty nice balsamic to start with for this process. The lower quality balsamic vinegars don’t taste very good (to start or reduced, unfortunately!).
Wow what a great dinner this is, love the layers of cheesey goodness…..fabulous lasagna`
Thank you! This is definitely a keeper recipe.
Oh, that looks delectable – fantastic idea to replace noodles with eggplant. Love the photos and agree with leaving out the mint, too, LOL! I am also having a love affair with the kumato and remain curious as to how widely available they are. (Here’s hoping everyone’s market gets these babies as soon as possible!) Great post! 🙂
Thanks for the comment! I am not sure where you can find kumatoes. I am in Atlanta and they are available at Whole Foods. I have a link to the kumato website on my blog. Maybe there is some info about availability on their site.
WHOA!!! I didn’t even know Kumatoes existed. How curiously brilliant!
Also, love anything eggplant and making it the “pasta” of the lasagna is awesome. What kinda sucks though is that Bob is not a fan of eggplant….. hmmm… well, maybe if I give it a go and don’t tell him, maybe he won’t figure it out… *giggles*
Hopefully things won’t get too crazy on your end 🙂
My hubby didn’t know it was eggplant at first, so maybe you can slip this one in! If you peel the eggplant it might not be so obvious. Everything is so good all together, you might just convert Bob!
I’m dairy intolerant… 🙂 but I can abuse it now and again…
It’s a challenge when having so many restrictions isn’t it?
My middle daughter is allergic since birth to fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, sesame, maize, bananas, peas, beans, and now we think soya….
I also have to content with husband-to-be hating lamb, mushrooms, scallops, offal, chicken legs/wings, eggs, streaky bacon…
oh it’s so much fun at my house…
Your lasagna looks good…reminds me of my friend’s aubergine dish where you rolled a slice of aubergine putting inside a basil leaf & slice of mozzarella and once you have lots of these little parcels you bake them in tomato sauce…
…if you had a dairy intolerant guest you’d be having a gluten-free vegan meal… 😉
You are brave to cook at all! Wow! You have some real challenges at you house. I just thought I had it tough…and only for a week!
Your lasagne looks delicious and I am now learning about these Kumatos! Thanks!
Thank you! I am not sure if there is a season for kumatoes, but I have only seen them recently. I hope you can find them. They are quite good!
That is tough, vegetarian and gluten free. The lasagne looks great though – perfect job.
Thanks Anita! I will definitely make this dish again no matter who is eating! 🙂
Dear Gwen – I am so sorry I have been absent these last few days and was not first in line to tell you how very delightful this looks. What beautiful flavors with the eggplant and all that fresh kumato & mozzarella.
You always use such fresh ingredients and it enhances the results in such a big way. Always a fan of your cooking!
What a beautiful lasagna and I am sure that your guests loved it and you for taking the trouble 🙂
Hugs, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
LOVE the salad photo. Makes me want some caprese, LIKERIGHTNOW!
Also, have I mentioned that I LOVE your photos! They’re all so gorgeous!!!! [K]
Thank you, Kim!
Kumatos with the salad were really awesome! I want some more myself!