Eggplant Pattie Casserole
Eggplant Pattie Casserole
    Step 1:
    1. Bring 8 cups of water and salt to a boil in a large deep skillet or pot. Peel and slice each eggplant in 4 large slices. Boil for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Remove and place eggplant on paper towel to drain and cool.
    Step 2:
    1. In a frying pan over medium high heat, sauté onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft and ranslucent. Add meat and cook until done, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool. Set pan aside for browning patties.
    Step 3:
    1. In a mixing bowl, gently mash eggplant. Add eggs, cheese, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley and meat mixture. Mix and form into 12 patties, about 1 inch thick. Place some breadcrumbs in a bowl and coat patties in breadcrumbs.
    Step 4:
    1. In the frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter and one tablespoon oil. Add patties, a few at a time. Gently brown on both sides, about 4-5 minutes per side.
    Step 5:
    1. Butter a casserole dish (approximately 8 X 10 or 9 X11). Place patties on bottom of dish. Cover with pasta sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan, Romano or Mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve over pasta. Serves 6.