Tortino Di Verdure

An Italian Vegetable Casserole

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1 medium eggplant
1 large potato
1 medium zucchini
4 fresh tomatoes
1 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons fresh basil (2 teaspoons dried), chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese (6 ounces), grated
1 cup parmesan cheese (2 1/2 ounces), freshly grated

Slice the eggplant crosswise into 1/2 inch rounds. Place the eggplant rounds on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake covered with foil at 400 until they are tender, about 45 minutes. Slice the potato and boil until just tender. Then drain and set aside. Slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch rounds, slice the tomatoes about 1/2 inch thick, and set aside.

Mix together the bread crumbs, basil, and parsley, In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs with the salt and pepper.

Oil a 9 X 13 inch baking pan and coat the bottom and sides of the pan with about a quarter of the bread crumb mixture.

To layer the casserole, begin with all the eggplant slices. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over them and sprinkle on a quarter of the bread crumbs and a quarter of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Pour a quarter of the beaten eggs on top of the cheese. Next layer all the potato slices. Repeat a layer of oil, crumbs, cheeses, and eggs. Layer all the zucchini, followed by oil, crumbs, cheeses, and eggs. Finally, layer the tomato slices topped with the remaining oil, crumbs, cheeses, and eggs.

Bake covered at 375 for 45 minutes. Allow the casserole to sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

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