My newlywed sister Sarah invited us over for dinner last Wednesday. She was interested in making a Vegan Eggplant Pasta dish and sharing her recipe on my blog. I’m always excited to visit Sarah [except at her work, ha! inside joke], she is an excellent Chef and has recently become very vegan-friendly with her choice of dishes. I was also excited because there was going to be a little cooking lesson in it for me and I could always use the practice.
I was given the task of chopping vegetables. I peeled the eggplants and sliced them into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Sarah showed me the “Wet hand, dry hand” method of dipping the eggplant into Almond Milk with the left hand and Panko Breadcrumbs with the right. It’s simple, but I would easily forget and do it all with one hand and make everything messy. Luckily I was wearing one of her aprons, so I wouldn’t make a mess of my own :)
We breaded slices from two eggplants and put them into the freezer to set for about 15 minutes. Chilling the breaded eggplant helps to keep the bread crumbs and eggplant together when cooked. Then we heated a pan with enough Olive Oil for the eggplant slices to sit half submerged. Be sure to turn the heat up a little after you add the eggplant since it decreases the temperature. Cook evenly on both sides, allowing it to brown all over. Sarah placed the eggplant in a baking pan and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. While the eggplant was in the oven Sarah made a homemade pasta sauce. She allowed freshly chopped onion, garlic and tomato to sweat in a sauce pan over a medium heat and added salt, italian spices, white wine, and fresh basil to taste.
We served dinner with a fresh Salad of Romaine Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado with a Balsalmic dressing. Everything looked an tasted amazing, which is always the case at Sarah’s dinner table. Here I’am with my sister Sarah and her husband Travis. We apparently forgot to take off our aprons.
After dinner we spent some time together playing games and taking photos of their beloved cat Nermal. Isn’t he cute?
Thanks to Sarah and Travis for inviting us over, it’s always lots of fun.
Tomorrow my blog celebrates it’s 1 year anniversary! I’ll be sharing a special Anniversary post or two soon!