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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Muffin Tin Chef Cookbook and Giveaway

I love trying new recipes and changing it up in the kitchen. It keeps things fun and fresh for me and my family of hungry eaters!

Just recently, I started using my muffin tins for things other than muffins and cupcakes. Thanks to the Muffin Tin Chef, I have all kinds of great ideas for how to create meals using my muffin tins. This cookbook is full of 101 super creative recipes that you will help you break out of your recipes rut!

Some of my favorite recipes in this book are the Cheddar-Sage Biscuits, Mini Mac and Cheese, Lasagna Rolls, and Sweet Potato Brownie Bites. Hmmm...hmm...good! From breakfast foods and appetizers to main dishes, side dishes and desserts, you will love this cookbook!

I am excited to share a fantastic recipe to give you just a taste of the mouth-watering recipes this book offers!

Eggplant Parmesan

Try this recipe and you can bid adieu to heavy, greasy, uninspiring eggplant Parmesan.
Serves 6 - Vegetarian
1½ cups canned crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
⅓ cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
1 cup panko (Japanese-style) bread crumbs
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ cup grated Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 2 ounces), divided
2 medium eggplants (about 1 pound)
1½ cups shredded regular or part-skim mozzarella (about 6 ounces)
1 cup sliced rapini (broccoli rabe)
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a blender or food processor, puree the tomatoes, basil, garlic, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt to taste; set aside.

In a small bowl, lightly the beat egg with the water. In a shallow container, combine the panko bread crumbs, oregano, and ¼ cup of the Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Slice the eggplants into 18 rounds ¼ inch thick. If needed, trim the rounds so the slices fit into the jumbo muffin cups. One at a time, dip the eggplant rounds in the egg mixture, then dredge in the panko mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Place the eggplant on the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden, about 30 minutes, flipping the slices and rotating the baking sheet after 15 minutes.

To assemble, place a slice of toasted eggplant in each of 6 jumbo muffin cups. Top each with about 1½ tablespoons of the tomato sauce and 1½ tablespoons of the mozzarella. Top with a sprinkle of the rapini. Place another eggplant slice on top and top with about 1½ tablespoons of the tomato sauce and 1½ tablespoons of the mozzarella, and evenly sprinkle the remaining rapini among the cups. Place the remaining eggplant slices on top and evenly top with the remaining tomato sauce, remaining mozzarella, and the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Bake until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before unmolding. Serve garnished with fresh basil.

Now, that your mouth is watering, head over to Amazon and pick up a copy of this cookbook for yourself!

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*Cara was provided product to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% her own.* 


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