The yearly dairy-palooza known as Shavuot is right around the corner. That super awesome two day mix of cheesecake and all night learnin’ is nothing short of a staple in the Jewish social event calendar. It’s like for one day a year the Jewish community does their best impression of a library at Harvard during finals season (without any asians. Not making fun of asians here, just making the point that there are like 6 asian Jews. tops.).
When it comes to Shavuot there is one issue that we all have to deal with and that is the lack of unique dining options. Sure, non-stop pizza and lasagna are good for the first day but how many sicilian slices can you eat before you start thinking “ok. I am done with Cheese and Bread combos. My arteries are more clogged than the NJ Turnpike south on Memorial day weekend!” (All my New Jersey readers know what’s up!) So the challenge every chef must face going into the holiday is how to do two days of dairy without everyone’s taste buds falling asleep from boredom. That is where the Eggplant comes in.
Yes, the eggplant. That weird looking purple squash that you sometimes get on your pizza when you are feeling adventurous. Let’s be honest, the thought of cooking an eggplant scares you. That is fine! We all have fears! (I fear roller coasters and the thought of Disney potentially ruining the Star Wars franchise.) I don’t blame you for being afraid of cooking an eggplant. Do you even cook it? do you fry it? is it meat? most guys have no idea. Sure, the eggplant is a scary veggie but I guarantee you, after reading my recipe you will reign supreme over this gourd. (Editors Note: It isn’t a gourd. Different family of veggie. Is it even a veggie? I honestly don’t know. Anyways, I was running out of other things to call the eggplant so I called it a gourd.)
Try this simple eggplant recipe to wow your guests and maybe even your future wife!
NOTE: Eggplants shrink dramatically in size when you cook them. Eggplants are huge vegetables but when you throw them into the oven or fryer they shrink to half their size. Make more than you think you will use to be safe. Safety first!
Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (these are standard bread crumbs that have hairy chests and “knows a guy”)
A Bunch of Mozzarella (really any cheese you want just no American cheese. American cheese on an eggplant parm? What mobile home village did you get that alcohol addiction in?)
A Bunch of Tomato Sauce
A Whole Lotta Attitude!
Cut the eggplant into 1 inch slices and place on a paper towel. Sprinkle kosher salt onto each slice and let sit for 20 mintues. During that time you are going to want to take a pan and put some oil in it to cook the eggplant. Crack open 6 eggs and scramble them in a bowl. Take each slice of eggplant and dunk it in the egg and then into the bread crumbs (which should also be in a bowl. I’m terrible at explaining stuff. It will be a miracle if these actually come out ok). Then do it again to get a second coat (bundle that sucker up like you it is winter in Russia and you are Anastasia running away from a mob of people who are pissed at your family).
Then fry until brown on both sides. Spray some cooking spray into an aluminum rectangle tin and place a layer of your eggplant down on the bottom. Then poor some tomato sauce (use your best judgment how much sauce. Unlike your girlfriend, I trust you) and then top with a crap ton of cheese. Really, a crap ton. Overdo it you stud! You deserve it! Feelin’ adventurous? Use different kinds of cheeses! It doesn’t matter at all. I guarantee whatever combo of cheese you use it will be totally fine. Remember, You’re a stud.
Repeat until there is no more room in the tray.
Put in oven and cook until the top becomes melty and somewhat brown in some places.
Serve. Receive a hi 5 from everyone in the room.
Remember! Act like it is no big deal when people compliment you. Practice lines like “Oh, This ol’ thing?” and “You should see how the other guy looks!” so that people know just how nonchalant you really are. You stud.
This duck came to our office today. Supposedly this duck is endangered. This is the picture I drew of this duck to make sure my children and children’s children have evidence that this beautiful creature once roamed this earth.