I only had myself and my poor time management to blame that I missed the deadline for Random Recipe challenge last month. To avoid any more disappointments, I cooked and ate my entry pretty early this time. It is the challenge's first birthday this month and participants are asked to choose a random recipe from that first random book this time a year ago. Mine was Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites by the beautiful Giada De Laurentiis. And the recipe I selected at random is the eggplant (or aubergines if you're in this side of the Atlantic) timbale.
I love aubergines with pasta and this recipe is exactly that, but presented in a form of a pie. The soft crust is made with thinly sliced then grilled aubergines. And the delicious pasta filling is flavoured with a combination of minced beef and pork sausage, tomatoes, onions, Marsala wine, peas, marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
I agree the making of the pie involves some 'faffing around' (yes, 'faffing around' is now a completely legit culinary technical term... in my kitchen, anyway) but rather fun. Though I was a bit nervous myself. How if the pie collapse?! what a disaster... But I held my breath and thankfully, it stood still until me and my friends demolish the whole thing.
Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis
For list of ingredients and instructions, click here.