Eggplant Creole

2 each eggplant (slice into 20 - ½" thick rounds)

2 cups all purpose flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons Cajun Spice Blend (see recipe)

2 cups breadcrumbs

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons salt

2 fluid ounces canola oil

10 slices provolone cheese

2 cups Creole Sauce (see recipe)

5 tablespoons grated Reggiano Parmesan cheese

Trim ends from eggplant and slice into ½" thick rounds.

Combine eggs, milk and 1 teaspoon Cajun Spice Blend.

Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and 1 teaspoon Cajun Spice Blend.

Set up a dredge station by placing the following items in three separate shallow pans:

1. flour, 2. egg/milk mix, 3. breadcrumb mix.

Run each slice of eggplant through the dredge station in the order listed and place on parchment paper.

Heat oil in skillet until hot. Brown eggplant slices on both sides over medium heat. Top each slice with ½

slice provolone cheese and allow to melt.

Sauce plate with Creole Sauce. Top sauce with slightly overlapping slices of eggplant.

Garnish with grated Reggiano Parmesan.

Serves 4-6

Creole Spice Blend

2 ½ tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

3 teaspoons black pepper

3 teaspoons onion powder

3 teaspoons cayenne pepper

3 teaspoons oregano leaves

3 teaspoons thyme leaves

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and combine with a whisk until spices are evenly distributed. Store in an air

tight container with lid.

Makes – ¾ cup

Creole Sauce

½ cup celery, diced ¼ inch

½ cup onions, diced ¼ inch

½ cup green bell pepper, diced ¼ inch

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

14 fl ounces canned crushed tomatoes

8 fl ounces canned chopped in puree tomatoes

6 fl ounces V-8 juice

2 teaspoons Creole Spice Blend

salt to taste

Add the oil to a sauce pot. Heat oil and then add celery, onions, peppers, garlic and Creole Spice Blend.

Sauté for 5-6 minutes, until garlic is golden and onions are translucent.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Makes – 1 quart

Disclaimer: All our recipes were originally designed for much larger batch size. This recipe has been reduced – but not tested at this scale. Please adjust as to your taste and portion size.