Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Eggplant with Creme Fraiche and Tomato Sauce
This may be the beginning of an end. I started this blog as a way of cataloguing the new things I was trying and learning and trying to learn. And then, maybe a year or two in, I started to write to an audience of others. And to make things and share them on behalf of those posited peoples. And then-then, life came in, we moved (twice), and time was different. And I began to write here, again, mostly as a way of fixing the memory of some thing that I had cooked and wanted to cook again. And my audience became my future self and I became that future self who came here for recipes that my past self had kindly recorded.
In other words, I think this blog isn't for you anymore. So, it might not be for being anymore at all.
It's been good, though, you know? So good. And I have learned. And I'm still learning. And I'm thankful to you for eating and cooking with me all these years.
So, here's one last recipe, that fits the cool weather that keeps hanging on. My friend Liz made a version of this a few weeks ago and I don't even usually like eggplant but this. This, I love. That's something I've only just learned.
1 large eggplant
8 ounces creme fraiche
1/2 teaspoon finely minced rosemary
2 tablespoons minced chives
about 28 ounces of your favorite tomato sauce
Preheat your oven to 375° F.
Slice the eggplant very thinly crosswise (on a mandoline, perhaps). Sprinkle it generously with salt and set it in a bowl while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Stir together the creme fraiche, chives, and rosemary (or maybe you have some other herbs around? Use those!)
Pour a little tomato sauce in the bottom of a wide baking dish. Arrange half the eggplant slices on top. Drop rough teaspoon-fulls of the creme fraiche mixture on top and then kind of spread it around. Cover with more tomato sauce. Repeat this process with the rest of the eggplant, finally grating lots of parmesan cheese all over the very top-top.
Bake for, oh, about 30 minutes until browning and bubbling.
(& see you around, ok?)