• Seana Montalbano

Make Dinner With Me!

This past Wednesday it was my turn to cook family dinner. And because it was my first time cooking dinner since I've been home from college, I wanted to cook something special. When I was about nine years old, I started going to a cooking camp for a few years. At camp, we would prepare breakfast, cook each other lunch, and bring our parents home dinner. All done in a professional kitchen with an expert chef! I bring this up because my signature dish from camp was always eggplant rollatini. So, naturally, it's a sentimental dish for me. For this reason, I chose to cook it for my night's dinner.


And while I'm sure my recipe from camp is around the house somewhere, I found a new recipe to use online. I. also decided to pair the dish with a side of roasted potatoes. Here are the links to the recipes I followed:

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/eggplant-rollatini/

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/garlic-roasted-potatoes-recipe-1913067

And below are pictures and a video of me cooking step-by-step!



I first cut up the potatoes. This step isn't really necessary since they're small to begin with, but I like the taste of them chopped better. I then tossed them in the seasoning and laid them out to cook.


While the potatoes were cooking, I started on the rollatini. I first peeled and thinly sliced the eggplant. I added salt to the slices and set them aside while I combined the filling.

Next, I beat the eggs together in one shallow bowl and combined the ingredients for the coating in another. I dipped the eggplant slices into each and then started frying them on the stove, since I don't own an electric skillet.


After this, I followed the recipe to get them ready to bake. Here's the rollatini filled, rolled, and ready for the oven. There's a picture of my sous-chef too! (He's waiting for some more fallen potatoes).


Here's pictures of the final products. They were so yummy and my family loved them!


As mentioned above, here's a sped up video of me cooking!


I hope you feel inspired to try these recipes or to cook something different for your family!

xox,

Seana

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