As you might have noticed, I use breadcrumbs a lot! They add flavor and crunchiness – which I love – to food. Plus, my kids love them so I add them to almost any vegetable to make them eat their veggies (sometimes it’s actually more breadcrumbs with veggies, but hey, if that does the trick…). Let’s see if I can convince some of you veggies-not-such-big-lovers to try them! I even convinced the most skeptical of all, il mio maritino, my hubby!
Today we’ll do cotolette di melanzane, eggplant cutlets.
When possible, I use a softer eggplants variety that in Italy are commonly called melanzane viola or melanzane di seta. That’s what they look like. Le conoscevate già, did you know them already?
For 4-5 people you’ll need one large eggplant (una melanzana bella grossa), two eggs (due uova), breadcrumbs (pangrattato), grated Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano grattugiato) and salt (sale).
Simply slice the eggplant in slices about 1/4 inche thick. Beat the eggs and add some salt. Una alla volta, one by one, toss the eggplant slices first in the egg mixture, then in the breadcrumbs previously mixed with some grated cheese. Now you can either sprinkle them with olive oil and grill them or fry them. Fritte o alla griglia? Let me know how you like them!!
Pillola d’italiano. Conoscere and sapere both translate as “to know” in English. However, conoscere means to know somebody or something, whereas sapere means to know how to do something or to be acquainted with. Chiaro, no?