Hotel Hassler Roma New Eggplant Parmigiana Express

Hotel Hassler Roma New Eggplant Parmigiana Express

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EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA EXPRESS AT IMÀGO,
HOTEL HASSLER ROMA’S PANORAMIC,

MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANT

New York – April 6, 2010: Hotel Hassler Roma, owned and managed by Roberto E. Wirth, is one of Italy’s most historic and venerated hotels, and is now offering the recipe, courtesy of its panoramic restaurant Imàgo, for one of Italian cuisine’s most classic dishes: eggplant parmigiana.  And while most eggplant parmigiana recipes can become rather time-consuming, Imago’s Executive Chef Francesco Apreda offers a quick and easy version that will rival any alternatives.

Eggplant Parmigiana Express (serves 6)

Ingredients:

2 Italian eggplants

4 tomatoes

10 ounces mozzarella di bufala

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Fresh basil leaves

1 cup flour

6 eggs

Salt and pepper

Peanut oil (or olive oil)
Preparation:

  • Cut eggplants into slices about 3/4 inch thick. Whisk eggs along with a pinch of salt in one bowl, and place flour in another bowl. Place eggplant slices in the bowl of flour, coating on all sides, and then in the bowl of whisked eggs.  Repeat this process once more. Heat peanut oil to medium-high heat and immediately fry eggplant slices until golden brown, turning once.
  • Place the fried eggplant slices on paper towels and sprinkle salt on both sides. Cut each tomato into four slices, taking out the seeds and juice, and then cut the mozzarella into slices.
  • Prepare “sandwiches” using the fried eggplants instead of bread. On each eggplant slice, place a layer of tomato, then a layer of mozzarella, and then some basil leaves, dusting between each layer with grated Parmesan cheese. Place in the oven, pre-heated to 180 degrees, for about 7 to 8 minutes, or until the mozzarella melts slightly.

Buon Appetito!

ABOUT IMÀGO:
With arguably the best panoramic view of the Eternal City, Hotel Hassler Roma’s rooftop restaurant Imàgo underwent a multi-million dollar redesign (the first since the original Rooftop Restaurant opened more than 50 years ago) in December 2006, and was awarded its first Michelin star in November 2008. Headed by Chef Francesco Apreda, whose international training includes five years both in Japan and London, Imàgo’s cuisine is an artful combination of traditional Italian ingredients and flavors with creative and innovative preparations.  The décor follows suit, blending modern and classic styles with pale grays and deep reds and custom-designed mirror tables that mesh beautifully with traditional touches of white marble flooring and antique-wood inlay.  Menus vary according to season, and Chef Apreda’s whimsy.
ABOUT HOTEL HASSLER ROMA:
Set atop the Spanish Steps and featuring a panoramic view of the entire city, Hotel Hassler Roma, owned and managed by Roberto E. Wirth, has been Rome’s five-star lodging of choice for the world’s elite for more than a century.  Each of the 82 rooms and 13 suites is individually designed and adorned in authentic Italian accents.  Highlights include the Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant, Imàgo, and the neighboring, Hassler-owned Il Palazzetto (www.ilpalazzettoroma.com), a charming 16-century, five-story palazzo that offers a restaurant and wine bar with panoramic terraces, four rooms, and the International Wine Academy of Roma on the ground floor (www.wineacademyroma.com), with various wine-tasting classes led by world-renowned sommeliers.

To know more about Hotel Hassler Roma, visit www.hotelhassler.com.

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