This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is BUFFALO and EGGPLANT PARMESAN CASSEROLE. You can use Wild Idea Premium Ground Buffalo or Wild Idea Italian Buffalo Sausage to make this dish. You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Premium Ground Buffalo or Wild Idea Italian Buffalo Sausage on the Wild Idea Buffalo website. http://wildideabuffalo.com/
BUFFALO and EGGPLANT PARMESAN CASSEROLE
I have a new respect for eggplant… all it needed was a little boost of bison. This recipe gives you all the Eggplant Parmesan flavors you love, without all the steps. A new favorite, for your recipe box! (Serves 8)
3 – eggplants, sliced
2 – tablespoons olive oil
1 – pound Wild Idea Premium Ground Buffalo, or Wild Idea Italian Buffalo Sausage
3 – tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 – onion, chopped
2 – teaspoon salt
1 – tablespoon black pepper
1 – tablespoon oregano
28 – ounces Italian style stewed tomatoes, chopped
8 – ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 – cup fresh basil, julienned
4 – ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 – cup panko style bread crumbs *optional
1 – Pre-heat oven to broil, with top rack on second shelf.
2 – Arrange eggplants on a baking sheet and brush both sides with 1-tablespoon oil.
4 – Remove the roasted eggplant from oven and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°.
5 – In a sauté pan over medium high heat, heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil and crumble ground bison into pan.
6 -Brown the meat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, breaking larger pieces up.
7 – Add garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and oregano and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes.
8 – Add stewed tomatoes, mix together and bring to full heat.
9 – Reduce heat to simmer and allow sauce to reduce for 15 minutes.
10 – In a 9×13 pan place half of the eggplant on the bottom overlapping slightly. Layer with the bison tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, and remaining eggplant.
11 – Bake at 375° for 30 minutes.
12 – Mix the Parmesan cheese with the breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Continue baking for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
13 – Serve with a tossed green salad for a complete, deliciously easy meal.