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Serves 2

A CookTale

This was an evening when it all went right. At the Saugertie Farmer’s Market I found Eggplants that resembled bowling balls. I checked it out the type on Google, and if you’re ready the name is, LISTADA DE GANDIA EGGPLANT aka STRIPED GUADALUPE EGGPLANT. Whatever you call it it was a fine Eggplant. Oven roasted with EVOO, Salt and Pepper and layered with the other ingredients, it was a light and delightful accompaniment.


1 Large Eggplant (any round variety)
2 TB of EVOO (1 TB for each Napoleon)
Kosher Salt & Black Pepper
12 Basil Leaves
Fresh Mozzarella (in slices)
Marinara Sauce (homemade or a fine brand like Rao’s)


1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut the Eggplant into 3/4″ slices (as even as possible).
Place on a sheet pan in a single layer & sprinkle with Salt, Pepper, & the EVOO. Roast for about 10 minutes. You’ll know when to remove them. The skin will look shrinkled & the meat will have softened.

3. Allow to cool before assembling. At serving time place the Napoleons in the hot oven for a minute or so to melt the Mozzarella. Plate using a wide flat spatula, they can be quite fragile.

4. On the plate, spoon a puddle of tomato sauce, topping with the Napoleon and garnishing with Basil Leaves

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