A tasty and easy dish that's just about a meal all by itself. An equal amount of paprika may be substituted for the saffron.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

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  • Cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish with 1/2 the eggplant slices, and season with salt. In a bowl, toss together the bread crumbs and brown sugar, and sprinkle about 1/4 cup of the mixture over the layer of eggplant slices.

  • In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup bread crumb mixture, the onion, celery, tomato, red bell pepper, olives, and olive oil. Season with oregano and saffron. Spread over the layer of eggplant in the baking dish. Top with remaining eggplant. Sprinkle with remaining bread crumb mixture.

  • In a blender, blend the soy milk, heavy cream, and cashews until smooth. Pour over the top of the layered dish.

  • Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until crisp and golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

450 calories; 10.8 g protein; 43.7 g carbohydrates; 40.8 mg cholesterol; 424.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2007
I absoulutely loved this! I brought it to a vegetarian lunch and everyone raved about it. I used honey in place of the brown sugar and incorporated it into the tomato mixture as opposed to the bread crumbs. I used cottage cheese in place of the heavy cream and made 1 1/2 recipes of the cashew sauce. Topped with freshley grated parmigiano reggiano cheese during the last 10 minutes and let brown. Excellent. Read More
(14)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/05/2006
I was skeptical because 1/2 an hour in the oven didnt seem like enough time to cook everything but it sounded good and the other reviewers convinced me. It wasn't enough! After an hour (hour and a half?) we gave up. The bottom layer was soft and cooked the top was hard and raw...along with all the onions. If you attempt this be sure to cook everything thoroughly then put it in the oven to heat through. But I'm not sure it's worth the effort. Read More
(15)
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2007
I absoulutely loved this! I brought it to a vegetarian lunch and everyone raved about it. I used honey in place of the brown sugar and incorporated it into the tomato mixture as opposed to the bread crumbs. I used cottage cheese in place of the heavy cream and made 1 1/2 recipes of the cashew sauce. Topped with freshley grated parmigiano reggiano cheese during the last 10 minutes and let brown. Excellent. Read More
(14)
Rating: 1 stars
06/05/2006
I was skeptical because 1/2 an hour in the oven didnt seem like enough time to cook everything but it sounded good and the other reviewers convinced me. It wasn't enough! After an hour (hour and a half?) we gave up. The bottom layer was soft and cooked the top was hard and raw...along with all the onions. If you attempt this be sure to cook everything thoroughly then put it in the oven to heat through. But I'm not sure it's worth the effort. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2007
I absoulutely loved this! I brought it to a vegetarian lunch and everyone raved about it. I used honey in place of the brown sugar and incorporated it into the tomato mixture as opposed to the bread crumbs. I used cottage cheese in place of the heavy cream and made 1 1/2 recipes of the cashew sauce. Topped with freshley grated parmigiano reggiano cheese during the last 10 minutes and let brown. Excellent. Read More
(14)
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Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2009
Delicious! I just made it and my family loved it. I didn't have soy milk or heavy cream so I twisted the recipe a little putting ricotta cheese and cottage cheese instead and also didn't have cashews so I just added peanuts. in addition I made the mistake of pouring the cheese mix before the breadcrumb mixture so I added another layer of the cheese mix....very tasty.. Baked it for 45 mins instead. I recommend it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2004
We hosted a dinner with this recipe for our vegetarian guests from India - we all loved it. Don't miss the part where you can substitute the paparika! The saffron was pricey. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2008
i baked the eggplant for about 10minutes before hand and even the 30 minutes in the oven was not enough i added an additional 10-15. The mixture between the eggplant was a bit mushy (did not use the heavy cream since I am lactose intolerant) but it did taste pretty good despite expecting a different more crunchy consistency....the olives add a nice kick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2007
We made this with the extra chopped cashews one reviewer recommended and because another reviewer felt it took longer to cook I gave it just two minutes in the micro to help it along after the half your baking time. I thought it was wonderful and if it is a vegetarian dish non-vegetarians are missing a great dish! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
09/13/2006
This came out mushy and all-around not very good. I did make a few modifications to use what I had - used Italian bread crumbs instead of wheat green bell pepper instead of red omitted the olives and cow's milk instead of soy. I also took another reviewers recommendation and precooked all of the veggies before arranging them in the dish. It was more work than it's worth and we threw the left-overs away b/c neither of us could imagine eating it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2005
I brought this recipe to a potlock party. I added chopped cashews in the mixture and on top. It was a great addition. Everyone loved it even the non-vegetarians. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/07/2010
Edible but a very strange combination of flavors that didn't blend and turned out very bland. Read More
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