okay okay...i'm confused. when i saw this being made on the food network's itallian cookin' show, the chick said that this was called a timbale, which meant drum in itallian. i looked up timbale on google, and it's a term for a cone shaped mold in cooking and is derived from "thimble". i think it's itallian for "yummy veganized eggplant upside down casserole". this was really pretty and i didn't want to cut it, but we were all hungry. it all fell apart and didn't make neat pie-like slices like the food network lady, but oh well. i think to preserve the prettiness during presentation (sorry for the alliteration), i'll make mini timbales with cupcake tins. i'll let you know how it works out.
anyway, i'm not a recipe person so here's a loose interpretation
- cooked pasta (the recipe called for ziti, but i used macaroni because it was on sale. i used the fortified stuff that has lots o' protien and fiber)
- pasta sauce- i made some home made from tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil...you foodies know how to make sauce, right?
- smart ground seasoned with some sage and fennel seeds. or you can just buy gimme lean sausage
- follow your heart mozzarella
- grilled eggplant slices- (a couple large eggplants worth)
- basil for garnish
- round casserole pan (the recipe calls for a spring form pan, but us punks use what we can)
i hope that made sense.