This delicious cheesy casserole is made with the bounty from my garden. The dish includes a sunny medley of summer vegetables like eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes. It's so nice to cook with those abundant crops.
-Phyllis Hickey, Bedford, New Hampshire
1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Cut eggplant into 1/2-in. thick slices; sprinkle both sides with 3 teaspoons salt. Place in a deep dish; cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water; drain and dry on paper towels.
Cut eggplant into 1/2-in. cubes. Transfer to a large skillet; saute in oil until lightly browned. Add onions and zucchini; cook 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, celery, parsley, basil, pepper and remaining salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in Romano cheese.
Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Combine crumbs and butter; sprinkle on top. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.