Author Jean Morrison
Cheap Recipe - Eggplant, Potato And Mushroom Bake
This is a very new recipe of mine. I wanted to create an easy, rustic dish that was very hearty as a vegetarian meal in itself but would also be suitable to serve as a side vegie with meat dishes too. This recipe for Eggplant, Potato and Mushroom Bake was the delicious end result. My family loved it and the left overs were re heated and devoured the next day for lunch.
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Quantity: Serves 5 - 6
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I kg potatoes
500 gm eggplant (aubergine)
Small amount of oil to cook eggplant
300 gm mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
500 gm tin Rosella tomato soup
Salt and Pepper
150 ml cream
2 rounded tablespoons SR flour
good pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Extra 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Boil or microwave the potatoes until cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Then cut into 1 cm (1/2") slices. Pre heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile cut the eggplant vertically into quarters. Cut each quarter into 1 cm (1/2") thick slices. Cook eggplant pieces in minimal oil in the frying pan oil until golden brown, turn and repeat on the other side. You will have to do this in at least two batches. Add a little extra oil where necessary. Remove from pan and keep warm.
Toss the mushroom slices into the frying pan and cook briefly for a couple of minutes. You shouldn't need any more oil to cook them in.
Grease a large lasagne dish (about 34 cm x 25 cm). Spray oil can be used if you prefer. Roughly place the potatoes in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese over the potatoes and a shake or two of salt and pepper. Dollop half the tin of soup over the potato layer. This is best done using a teaspoon and dropping little blobs all over. You don't need to spread the soup around. This is a rustic dish so it needs to look a bit casual and haphazard. Repeat the above step, this time using the eggplant in lieu of the potato slices. As before, sprinkle on the cheese, seasonings and the second half of the soup. Scatter the cooked mushrooms over the top.
In a bowl beat together the cream, eggs, flour, salt, nutmeg and extra Parmesan Pour over the vegetables. Bake for 45 minutes by which time the egg layer will have set and turned golden brown.
Serves 5 - 6 as a vegetarian main meal or can serve 10 - 12 as a side dish.
I try to be health conscious and use as little oil as possible in which to fry the eggplant. In a dish such as this I would purposely not use whole circles of eggplant. Cutting the eggplant into smaller pieces will enable the dish to be served more easily. I always buy Rosella soup in their 500 gm tins as they are bigger than the other brands. If necessary cook the potatoes earlier in the day to save time. The recipe is meant to have a rustic appearance so you can slap this recipe together very quickly especially if the potatoes are pre cooked.
There are literally thousands of potato varieties. Potatoes include both protein and fibre and are high in complex carbohydrates. They contain vitamins B, C iron and potassium.
There are more than 2,000 varieties of edible mushrooms but only a few of these are readily available. Mushrooms have no cholesterol and are are virtually free of fat and sodium. They contain vitamin B1, B2. potassium, selenium, iron and niacin. The Pharaohs of Egypt delighted in mushrooms so much that they decreed that mushrooms could not be eaten or even touched by common folk. They considered mushrooms the food of royalty and by stopping commoners eating them they then assured a larger supply for themselves.
Eggs are one of the most versatile forms of nourishment available. Nutritionists recommend we eat a maximum of four eggs per week, although a study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that there is no significant link between eating eggs and developing cardiovascular disease in healthy individuals. However, the important Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study have found that people with existing heart and diabetes problems should probably not eat more than 3 eggs per week. Most eggs sold today are infertile because there are no roosters housed with the laying hens. There are no nutritional differences between fertile and infertile eggs. Eggs contain all nine essential amino acids, making them a complete protein food. An egg shell has as many as seventeen thousand pores. Apparently hens turn over their eggs as many as fifty times daily; the purpose of this being that the yolk then doesn't adhere to the inside of the shell. A fresh egg will sink in water, but a stale one will float.
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