Eggplant Napoleons

Eggplant Napoleons

We are having a heat wave in Ontario this week so I was planning for a meal that I could cook on the grill.  I was working on a ‘supper on a stick’ theme!  I experimented with various types of meatballs that I could skewer and then I hit on these little vegetable stacks.  They turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

I used Kirkland Basil Pesto sauce ready made. There are lots of awesome pesto recipes out there but I don’t always have enough basil to make my own.  And.. have you seen the price of pine nuts lately?  They are crazy expensive.. so I looked it up. Apparently pine nuts typically come from China or Russia.  The crops have not been up to par for the past 2 years while demand was going up as people became aware of them as an ingredient for pestos, sauces,  salads etc.  Add to that the process of extracting the nuts from the pine cones is very labour intensive… and here we are today…expensive pine nuts.

You may find that the large end of the eggplant is too big to use for this recipe,depending on the size and the  shape of the eggplant you use.  I only used the ‘neck’ portion to make 8 vegetable stacks.  I used up the fat end in another delicious Vegetable Strudel recipe.   Elegant and good for you too!

I also experimented with using mini Bocconcini cheese in the spirit of a Caprese salad on a stick but it melted as it cooked and was too bland.  The goat cheese was far better since the eggplant really only takes on whatever flavour you add to it.  You could use other dense, flavourful cheeses as well.  Just be sure they don’t melt too quickly and slide off the base.

 

Garlic Goat Cheese Souffle

Garlic Goat Cheese Souffle

This recipe is adapted from a recipe in The Dave Nichol Cookbook. The cookbook used to feature the President’s Choice Brand of various products.  They used to have hundreds and hundreds of products but it seems they have discontinued a large number of them and just kept the best selling items.  Too bad…they were quite adventurous and good quality products. Continue reading “Garlic Goat Cheese Souffle”

Quinoa with Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Pesto

Quinoa with Garlic Goat Cheese, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Pesto

 

Toasted quinoa with Mediterranean flair.
Toasted quinoa with Mediterranean flair.

This is my favourite way to eat quinoa!  It makes a perfect ‘meatless Monday’ kind of meal! The quinoa takes on a nutty toasted flavour after the casserole is baked in the over.  Although this combination of flavours is the one I like best you can vary the layers with other ingredients to tailor to your taste or what you have – example – try a layer of roasted peppers, or fried mushrooms and caramelized onions or replace goat cheese with ricotta, replace pesto with tomato sauce. You get the idea!