On The Ninth Day of Christmas My True Love Made For Me…

Polenta is made from corn.  Corn is high in carotenoids, which are great antioxidants.  Corn is also a good source of dietary fiber. Eggplant is high in a phytonutrient called nasunin. Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage. Eggplant also lowers cholesterol which is a good thing during the holiday season!

Eggplant and Polenta Casserole


  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds fresh plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped or 2- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1  medium eggplant, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 log polenta, sliced into thinly
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring, until soft and lightly golden, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes. Stir in vinegar, italian seasoning, basil and black pepper. Remove sauce from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large cast-iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat
  5. Lightly brush eggplant slices with the remaining tablespoon oil. Working in batches, lay slices in skillet in a single layer; cook until browned and they begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  6. In a large skillet, add enough oil to coat the bottom.  Add polenta slices and cook until slightly brown on both sides
  7. Spoon about 1/2 cup tomato sauce into a baking dish, spreading to coat evenly. Arrange eggplant slices snugly in a single layer. Spoon about 1 cup tomato sauce over eggplant, and arrange polenta rounds in slightly overlapping slices on top. Repeat with sauce and another layer of eggplant. Finish by dotting with remaining tomato sauce.
  8. Cover with foil and bake until bubbling, about 30 minutes
  9. Remove foil and continue baking about 15 minutes more
  10. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, and serve
Cook Time and Prep Time: 60 min
Serves: 4
Recipe Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living with adjustments made by me!

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