Eggplant Parmigiano and Shrimp Scampi over Cacio e Pepe
I took myself to the movies yesterday to see 'The Butler'. Though it is a great story, I did not think the movie was very good. Before I left, I made the boys dinner so they wouldn't starve while I was gone. They wouldn't actually starve if I didn't cook for them but they would eat junk. All I had was 1 eggplant and not much else so this is what I made.
First, I crushed up a bunch of ritz crackers then mixed them with a bit of flour and S&P.
I sauteed some diced garlic in a bit of butter with S&P.
I boiled 1 pound of spaghetti and mixed it with 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 C. of pasta water, S&P and fresh parsley. Make sure you use a good amount of freshly cracked black pepper. Toss it around to coat the pasta.
Set it aside and toss it again a few times.
Slice the eggplant into thick slices and dip them in a beaten egg and then into the cracker crumb mixture.
Then back in the egg again.
And back in the crumbs.
Coat both sides.
Fry them in a deep pot in about 1/4 inch of oil. If you use a deep pot it will catch the splatters.
Drain them on paper towels and place a slice of provolone cheese on each slice.
Heat the garlic butter and throw a couple handfuls of shrimp in it.
Place some of the spaghetti on a plate and top it with the eggplant. Drizzle some spaghetti sauce over the top. I had sauce that I had just made for the shelter so I used some of it.
Throw some fresh parsley on the shrimp and toss them until they turn pink.
Place the garlicky shrimp over the tomato sauce and top with a dab of pesto and more fresh parsley.