You can grill the eggplant rounds up to a day in advance, and then assemble the eggplant, tomato and mozzarella "stacks" at the last minute. To make the eggplant and tomato stacks look symmetrical, use eggplant and tomatoes with approximately the same diameter.
Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Stacks Recipe
Makes 6 servings.
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium eggplant (3/4-1 pound), cut into 6 rounds about 1/2 inch thick
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
6 teaspoons prepared pesto
2 large beefsteak tomatoes, each cut into 3 slices about 3/4 inch thick
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 6 thin slices
6 fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Preheat grill to medium-high or place a grill pan over medium-high heat until hot.
Use 2 teaspoons oil to brush both sides of eggplant slices; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Grill the eggplant slices for 5 minutes. Turn; continue grilling until tender and marked with grill lines, 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a large platter.
Spread each eggplant slice with 1 teaspoon pesto. Top with a slice of tomato, a slice of mozzarella and a basil leaf.
Drizzle vinegar and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over the towers; sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
To Make Ahead: Prepare through Step 2, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Per serving: 145 calories; 11 g fat (4 g sat, 6 g mono); 17 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 0 g added sugars; 6 g protein; 3 g fiber; 323 mg sodium; 309 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (15 percent daily value).
1/2 Carbohydrate Servings
Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 high fat meat, 1 fat
Grilled Eggplant, Tomato and Mozzarella Appetizer Recipe, Italian Cuisine