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Vegetarian Russian Eggplant

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This dish really surprised me. I, honestly, wasn’t expecting it to come out so good. This dish is all vegetable – eggplant, tomatoes and onions. When I stacked the ingredients casserole-style, I was convinced it would be suitable as just a side item…but then came the sour cream. Wow, did that that transform the dish.

I used fat fat free sour cream and it worked great. I’d almost think that the full fat version would overwhelm the dish and make you walk away from the table with an overly full stomach. (I hate it when that happens!) I also added a few extra steps from the original recipe which called for just adding raw sliced onions. I, instead, only used one onion instead of two but sauteed it in some olive oil and chopped herbs to add a little more depth to the flavor.

Finally, I was only able to taste one serving of eggplant as the rest was consumed heartily by my in-house taste tester. The next day, I was ready to eat the leftovers, and was faced only with the empty serving dish in the sink. I guess that was his implicit seal of approval.

Russian Eggplant

Adapted by Megabeth from AllRecipes [2]

In a bowl large enough to hold the sliced eggplant, combine the lemon juice and water. Place the eggplant slices into the lemon water to soak while you bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Drain and rinse the eggplant slices, then place them into the boiling water. Cook for 8 minutes, or until barely tender. Drain.

Saute onions in about a tablespoon of olive oil. Add chopped herbs and a sprinkle or two of paprika. Cook onions until tender.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish. Layer the eggplant slices, tomatoes and onion in the dish, sprinkling each layer with a little flour as you go.

In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper.

Spread this over the top of the casserole. Sprinkle generously with paprika.

Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is nicely browned and there is a bubbly sauce.