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“Recipe from Mario Batali - Simple Suppers- Cooked on the grill and assembled quick and easy!”

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  1. Heat grill to medium or grill pan over high heat until very hot.
  2. Peel stem off the top of the eggplant,remove skin leaving stripes of skin to hold eggplant together as it grills. Cut eggplant, using bread knife, into 1/2 inch-thick slices.
  3. Place sliced eggplant on cookie sheet and brush with olive oil, pepper, Kosher salt on both sides. Place on grill and cook for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes on the first side. (For darker marks use bottle as a weight to press down on slices).
  4. Turn over slices and cook for about half as long as first side, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove eggplant from grill pan - cover with foil, eggplant will continue to cook a little.
  5. Oil baking sheet and assemble stacks, starting with the largest slices of eggplant as the bottom row. Spread 1/4 cup of basic tomato sauce over each slice and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon grated Parmigiano. Repeat the layering of eggplant, sauce and Parmigiano. End with a layer of eggplant, sauce and buffalo mozzarella, sprinkled with Parmigiano. Three layers in total.
  6. Place under the broiler for 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Transfer stacks to serving plates, using a metal spatula.
  7. Serving: Serve garnished with torn basil leaves strewn around, toasted breadcrumbs on top and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

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