Thanks to Karen Nikitopoulos from the Georgia Cotton Commission for this recipe
- 1 regular eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 2 portabella mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 large green bell pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch wide slices
- 1 or 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Acala Farms Pure Cottonseed Oil with 1 or 2 drops of Acala Farms Hot Habanero Cottonseed Oil mixed in. Add a drop at a time and mix to suit your taste, if you like more heat. Just remember, the heat will increase a little after cooking and sitting overnight.
- 16-oz container of ricotta cheese
- 2 or more cups of fresh mozzarella cheese (fresh cut up for layering) or shredded mozzarella
- About 32 oz of store-bought or homemade pasta/marinara sauce (with or without meat)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Sauté over medium heat, the sliced vegetables in a large skillet using the oil until browned. Set aside on absorbent toweling until all vegetables are browned. Alternatively, brush a baking sheet with the oil and brush each side of the vegetable slices and brown under the broiler on each side – Careful not to burn.
- Lightly oil a 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan.
- Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom.
- Spread a layer of potatoes and top with another layer of sauce.
- Top with spoonfuls of ricotta and mozzarella. Lightly season with salt and fresh ground pepper (optional).
- Layer all of the other vegetables and repeat the process until all the ingredients are used.
- End with a layer of the sauce and cheeses.
- Bake uncovered for about 30 – 40 minutes or until top is bubbling.
NOTES: You can use any vegetables you like or add to the ones listed above. If fresh spinach is used, don’t brown it first. Wash it and spin the water out. Other vegetables you can use instead of the ones above or in addition are artichoke hearts, squashes, slices of onions, leeks (whatever you like). Ground meat or sausage can also be used. No cook lasagna noodles may be used in place of the potatoes. The possibilities are endless.
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