Roasted Eggplant Casserole
- 12 ounces (about 1 medium) eggplant cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 12 ounces (about 6 cups) broccoli florets cut smaller than 2 inches
- 8 ounces (about 3) roma tomatoes finely chopped
- 6 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 ounces (about 1/2 cup) drained sliced kalamata or black olives
- 1 large egg beaten
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spread out eggplant cubes and broccoli florets in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake at 400 F until the eggplant and broccoli are tender, about 20 minutes.
- In an 8x8 inch baking dish, add roasted eggplant and broccoli. Season with oregano and lightly toss to mix.
- Add chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, and two-thirds of the cheddar cheese to the baking dish. Carefully stir until well-mixed.
- Evenly scatter remaining cheddar cheese on top. Pour beaten egg over the cheese.
- Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before slicing into it.
|Makes 4 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving:|
|Total Fat 25g||39%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||45%|
|Net Carb 7g|
|Total Carb 14.5g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 7.5g||31%|
To make this eggplant casserole, chopped eggplant cubes and broccoli florets are spread out on a baking sheet and roasted, then mixed and assembled with all other ingredients in a casserole dish. Lastly, everything is baked together until heated through and combined.
- this casserole is vegetarian, whereas the lasagna has ground beef in it
- both dishes use eggplant, but this casserole uses chopped cubes and the lasagna uses thinly cut slices
- the lasagna has a meat sauce that needs to be separately prepared in a pan on the stovetop, whereas this casserole doesn’t
I recommend both dishes to anyone who loves eggplant; the lasagna is great for meat lovers but more complicated to make, and this casserole is great as an easy dinner.
Selecting And Preparing Ingredients
For the main ingredients in this casserole, I’ve provided both the weight (in ounces) and the approximate size or volume (in quantity or cups) in the recipe. I measure by weight when making this recipe, which I recommend for best results.
The eggplant, broccoli, and tomatoes are all fresh ingredients that you can find in the produce section of your grocery store, and not frozen or thawed. Pay attention to the chopped sizes for the eggplant and broccoli; otherwise, you’ll need to bake for a shorter (or longer) period of time if your chopped vegetables are smaller (or larger) than indicated.
I use cheddar cheese in pre-shredded form that’s packaged in plastic resealable bags. Either mild or sharp will work. For convenience, I use kalamata olives that are already pitted and sliced, and they’re packaged in liquid in jarred or canned form. You can use your favorite type of olive — kalamata olives are acidic and sharp in taste, whereas black olives are more mild. The measurements in the recipe are for drained olives (i.e., weight and volume after removing the accompanying liquid).
Assembling The Casserole
I mix ingredients directly in the casserole dish, which makes cleanup easier since there are fewer dishes. I use tongs to mix all of the vegetables together by inserting the tongs vertically into the casserole dish and making a rotating motion, allowing the ingredients to gracefully mix in place without being accidentally flung over the side.
If it’s easier for you, you can transfer all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl to toss together, and then transfer them all back to the casserole dish. Either way will work.