And on and on and on – Part 2 of the Baked Garri-crusted Garden Eggs.
It involves a bake.
Ideally, I would have like this to feature the baked garden eggs, a spicy sauce and Wara, locally produced cheese.
Well, though I didn’t meet the ultimate test in my head, the end result was pretty awesome. So, I couldn’t find Wara but the Mozzarella I used created a luscious dish.
This is the Nigerian version of the Italian Eggplant Parmigiana (Eggplant Parmesan), using Nigerian Garden Eggs to create a three-component layered dish with Baked garden eggs, Sugo (tomato sauce) and Mozzarella Cheese.
Eggplant parmesan is one of those great Italian comfort foods—a layered casserole much like lasagna but with slices of globe eggplant taking the place of pasta; Elise, Simply Recipes
I quite enjoyed it -rich, creamy and filling.
To prevent your dish from being soggy, salt the garden eggs to get rid of the excess water – see Step 1.
Don’t overdo it with the oil – garden eggs soak up liquids
Baked Garden Egg
Ingredients1 portion Baked Garden Eggs/ Egg plant 2 (or more) cups Sugo, to taste 200g Mozzarella Cheese, sliced thickly Mix of Garri, Parmesan, Red Chili flakes, left over from Baked Garden Eggs/ Egg plant
Prepare the Baked Garden Egg rounds
Step 2 – Layer the dish
In a casserole dish, spread 1/2 cup of the sugo.
In a single layer, place half of the baked garden egg rounds over the sauce.
Follow with the cheese and about 3/4 cup of the sauce.
Rinse & repeat, (My new favourite phrase) till you’ve used up all the ingredients.
I formed 2 layers and finished with sauce before topping with what was left over from the garri-parmesan mix.
Step 3 – Bake
Bake in the centre of the oven at 180 degrees C uncovered for about half an hour – the sprinkled topping and the edges should be golden-brown.
Remove from the oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
Serve. With a green salad if you like. I had mine with quick-pickled cucumbers (salt, sugar, chili flakes) and lettuce.
It freezes and reheats beautifully.
I like to freeze mine in ‘individual/ dinner portions. Reheating can be done in the microwave or in the oven.
Enjoy your weekend.