Thursday, August 9, 2018

1970s Hometown Cookbook: Dave Cooks All the Recipes. Part 7: Eggplant or Zucchini Parmesan.

Recipe Count: 6 of 156 Complete.

Can you name those vegetables? Corn, cabbage, freakishly large pea pod, 3 eyed screaming alien heads?...

Today we visit the (short) vegetable chapter of "Favorite Recipes." How do the ladies of St. Thomas Church treat the produce of this green earth?

Dorothy Barnao gives us "Eggplant or Zucchini Parmesan." I have "eggplant or zucchini" coming out of my ears from the garden so this was a good fit.

This type of "recipe" is common in church cookbooks. In substance it is more akin to instructions. I suppose one could find the idea of making zucchini parmesan novel...

The choice between eggplant and zucchini was stressful so I used both. A small "applegreen" eggplant and a small "Alexandria" squash/zuch from my garden. Both varieties are excellent and very productive if gardening is your thing. It is probable that Dorothy Barnao intended a single large vegetable. The use of two small vegetables does not seem to be out of bounds.

For the "spaghetti sauce" that is called for I chose Hunts "Traditional" canned sauce.

As I have already mentioned in past posts, I am trying to stay true to the subject matter. I think this is a good interpretation of what was intended by the prescribed "spaghetti sauce."

I spooned exactly 1.5 cups on top of the browned veg. I topped with exactly 8 slices of parmesan cheese. Isn't that funny? "8 slices parmesan cheese." When do you ever see slices of parmesan cheese called for in a recipe? You would expect grated.

The wife had small parmesan snack chunks in the fridge which were perfect for this purpose.

Notes on Taste:

What is there to say about "Eggplant or Zucchini Parmesan?" It is breaded eggplant (or zucchini). With sauce. And cheese... It will be as good as the ingredients that you put into it. I could have dialed this way in with a homemade sauce from garden tomatoes and high end parmesan, etc...

When the recipe spoke to me it spoke in the language of canned tomato sauce and cheap seasoned breadcrumbs. Perhaps it speaks a different language to you.

I believe tomorrow we will have our first **LEFTOVERS REVIEW** mashup. "Eggplant or Zucchini Parmesan" with a heaping side of "Rice Meatballs."

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