The versatile eggplant inspires a bit of menu magic because it is so compatible with a variety of food tastes, colors and textures. Eggplant Jarlsberg is a special variation on this theme, a zesty one-dish entree that will feed a crowd beautifully.
Vegetables, cheese and a tomato-based sauce are favorite flavor partners, and this combination is distinguished by the mild, nut-like flavor of Jarlsberg cheese. Prepared in one baking dish, a bed of marinara sauce is topped with alternate layers of golden brown eggplant slices, cheese, egg and a spinach mixture.
Advance preparation makes it easy to time the baking of Eggplant Jarlsberg for serving fresh from the oven. It looks good and it tastes terrific.
1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 medium clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon basil leaves, crushed