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Italian Sausage and Eggplant Casserole

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I love this easy crowd pleaser! The only hard part is keeping the critters from snatching the fried eggplant before I can load it up in the casserole!

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Large Eggplant
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ cups Olive Oil, For Frying
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1-½ pound Ground Italian Sausage
  • 5 cups Homemade Sauce (gravy)
  • 4 cups Mozzarella Cheese, Grated

Preparation

Peel the skin off the eggplant and slice in rounds about 1/4 inch thick. Place slices on a kitchen towel in a single layer. Moderately salt each slice. When the eggplant sweats (about 10 minutes), flip each slice over and repeat the process.

After the sweating is complete, heat up the olive oil (for frying) in a skillet on medium heat. Dip each slice in milk and then flour and fry until slightly brown. Drain on a paper towel. Continue to fry all the eggplant, adding new oil to the skillet when needed.

In a separate skillet, brown and drain the sausage. Add the gravy to the sausage. I make my gravy from scratch and it is different each time. A really good store bought brand is fine.

Now you are ready to assemble your casserole. Spray a good-sized casserole dish and spread about 2 tablespoons of gravy on the bottom. Place a layer of fried eggplant on the sauce. Next spread part of the sausage mixture on top of the eggplant. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the sausage. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used, ending with the cheese on top.

Bake covered at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until it bubbles. I usually take the cover off the last 10 minutes of cooking as I like my cheese a little crunchy on top! Serve it up with some salad and bread and you are good to go, my friends!

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terebarnett on 11.4.2010

Can’t wait to try this recipe out on my family it looks delish….

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leannwoo on 7.22.2010

I just want to be sure that by “gravy” and “sauce” you are referring to a tomato based type of sauce? The picture appears that way, but I want to be sure before I even attempt this recipe. :) Thanks.

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laurainthecountry on 9.22.2010

Made this as written – and it was sooooo good! My husband and I both loved it! Unfortunately, my children (3 & 6) wouldn’t eat it.

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allisonw on 8.18.2010

So easy (I used canned sauce) and good! Both of my boys and husband loved it and took leftovers for lunch today.

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drbec on 8.7.2010

Delicious! Both hubby and I agreed that this was an excellent use of eggplant, sausage, and homemade tomato sauce! Easy, too (would be even easier if we’d used canned sauce).

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