This Italian-American casserole is a fantastic comfort food dish. With eggplants and tomatoes coming into season, now is the best time to make this crowd-pleaser.
1. Classic. With lightly fried eggplant, plenty of ooey-gooey mozzarella and a crispy bread crumb top, this recipe is the one to make when you’re craving the dish of your childhood. For the full experience, just add a checkered tablecloth, a bottle of Chianti and some Frank Sinatra.
2. Grilled. For a lightened take, grill the eggplant and tomatoes before baking them with a cheesy topping. (Bonus: this dish also comes together more quickly, because you don’t have to make a sauce.) Or, skip the final baking step, making a deconstructed version of the dish with the grilled vegetables and a sprinkling of cheesy bread crumbs.