Garden Casserole



12 servings



2 lbs. eggplant, peeled and sliced
1-2/3 tbsp. salt, divided
1/4 cup oil
2 md. onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 md. zucchini, sliced
5 md. tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup Romano cheese, grated
1 cup dry Italian bread crumbs
2 tbsp. butter or
margarine, melted
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded


Cut eggplant into 1/2 inch thick slices; sprinkle both sides with 3 teaspoons salt. Place in deep dish; cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water; drain and dry on paper towels. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes and sauté in oil until lightly browned; about 5 minutes. Add onions, garlic, and zucchini; cook 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, celery, parsley, basil, pepper, and remaining salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in romano cheese. Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Combine crumbs and butter; sprinkle on top. Bake, uncovered, at 375°F for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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