TOWER OF POWER
4 slices of eggplant or zucchini, sliced in 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
2 cups of arugula. drizzled with 1-2 Tbsp olive oil. salt and pepper
bread crumb for frying
1 cup plain bead crumbs
1 Tbs. each:
fresh parsley, chopped fine
fresh basil, chopped fine
1 Tsp each:
rosemary, chopped fine
thyme, chopped fine
oregano, chopped fine
sage, chopped fine
1/2 tsp salt
1/2tsp black pepper
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup flour with 1/4 tsp salt and black pepper
1 egg, beaten
Cover eggplant or zucchini in flour, then egg and cover with bread crumb mixture.
In a frying pan place 1/2 inch of olive oil. As you cook each slice the olive oil may get absorbed just keep adding more and reheating as needed.
Heat to high heat then back off to medium. Fry until browned on all sides.
Remove from pan.
Place on plate lined with paper towel.
2 Tomato slices from large tomato
2 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese sliced in 1/4 inch slices
2 slices of eggplant or zucchini fried from above
Layer tomato, sprinkle a little salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil.
Then a piece of the mozzarella
1 Tbs of fresh pesto*
Then a slice of fried eggplant or zucchini
Repeat creating 2 layers.
Top with 1 cup of the arugula
Then drizzle balsamic reduction over top and shaved parmesan.
Add 1/2 tbs of roasted pine nuts to finish.
* See Pesto Recipe