Eggplant Stacks

Serves 4

(2 stacks per person)

Ingredients

  • 4 eggplants, thinly sliced rounds, about 2 pounds
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup store-bought pesto
  • 4-6 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup feta, crumbled fresh lemons for garnish
  • ½ c basil

Method

  1. Lay the eggplant slices on a sheet pan, lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice, and lightly brush the eggplant slices.
  3. Heat the broiler or grill pan, or low gas grill.  Grill or broil the eggplant, turning over occasionally, until eggplant is very tender, 6 to 10 minutes, do not let them burn. Cook low and slow for sweetness.  Remove and reserve.
  4. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. On baking pan, arrange 4 largest eggplant rounds side by side and spread each with thin layer of pesto, then top each with 1 of 4 largest tomato rounds. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper and top each with about 1 tablespoon feta and a pinch of chopped mint. Continue to layer, ending with cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven (or on the grill) until cheese begins to melt, about 3-4 minutes.

(Note if kids don’t like pesto or feta you can change it up to tomato sauce and mozzarella)