Eggplant Torte

eggplant-torte-before-slicing-2I’m always fascinated by layered tortes when the chefs press them into terrine pans on television cooking shows.  Thought I’d try it with eggplant last night for dinner.  I used a non-stick meatloaf pan that is extra long (12″ x 4″).  I debated on whether to use spaghetti sauce or a beaten egg-cream mixture and opted for the red this time.  I will be trying the other version soon though. :)  I used “Classico” brand Tomato & Basil spaghetti sauce (6 NC per ½ cup) and used VERY little of it between each layer of the torte to avoid it being “soupy”.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

VARIATIONS:  Omit the pound of ground beef for a more dominant eggplant-tasting dish.  Another variation would be to omit the red spaghetti sauce and use a sauce of 4 eggs beaten with 1/4 c. heavy cream spread between the layers.  You will need to recalculate carbs with these variations.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. eggplant, sliced thin 1/8″ thick (allow more time for thicker slicing)

1 lb. ground beef

1 c. low-carb  meatless spaghetti sauce of your choice

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

8 basil leaves, chopped

¼ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat oven to 350º.  Oil a terrine pan or meatloaf pan lightly and set aside.  Stem and cut the eggplant lengthwise into 1/8″ thin slices (for fastest cooking time).  Set aside.  In a skillet brown the ground beef.  Add the basil and stir until it is wilted.  Remove from heat.

To construct the torte, place a single layer of eggplant slices on the bottom of the oiled pan.  Dot with about 3 T. sauce and spread evenly with the back of your spoon. This is not much sauce, but you do not want this torte to come out soupy, so this is intentional. Top with about ¼ of the meat.  Sprinkle with ¼ c. mozzarella.  Place another layer of eggplant on the top.  Press all down firmly with your fingers to compact.  Repeat with the sauce, ¼ of the meat and cheese.  Place the third single layer of eggplant slices and again press down firmly.  Repeat with the sauce, ¼ of the meat, and cheese. Place the final layer of eggplant on top, the rest of the sauce, the last of the meat and the last of the mozzarella shreds. Press down again to compact the layers.

eggplant-torte-before-slicing-1If you should have any unused eggplant slices,  you can either decorate a final layer as shown (left) if serving to company, save the remaining eggplant for another day’s soup or chop it up for a future casserole.  Sprinkle the top of the torte with the ¼ c. Parmesan cheese and cover tightly with foil.    Bake at 350º for 45 minutes,then remove foil and bake another 10 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  If knife goes into center easily, it is completely done.  Thicker eggplant will require probably 15 more minutes cooking time.    Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before attempting to cut into four equal servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

445 calories, 31 g fat, 10.15 g carbs, 3.92 g fiber, 7.23 g NET CARBS, 30.6 g protein, 516 mg sodium

3 comments on “Eggplant Torte

  1. Converting to LC versions of traditional recipes can be done, but I always approach it as an “experiment”. 😉 The sweetener of choice when I’m converting is usually a blend of 50:50 Splenda and erythritol subbed one for one to the suger on the recipe. Converting with liquid sweeteners is much trickier and I often have to rebake several times to get liquid sweeteners just right. On the alternate flours, no, an even exchange doesn’t always work. But it’s a starting point. I like to measure out an equal amount of the “flours” I’m using (often blends of almond flour and a low carb bake mix) but I take care to add them to the bowl slowly and see how they impact the designated amounts of wet ingredients. Wet to dry balance is so crucial in baking. When I have achieved a typical cake batter or typical muffin batter consistency that I was used to getting with traditional recipes, I stop and note down how much went into the bowl. This is especially important if any coconut flour is used, which drinks up moisture like a sponge and usually requires more eggs and fat. Because of this I rarely use coconut flour. Don’t like that quality. I know none of that advice will help you all that much, but that’s how I go about converting a recipe until I get it right. Sometimes that approach works on first shot; sometimes it takes 2 or even three trials.

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  2. Peggy this sounds wonderful .. So easy and all good stuff!! Question. when baking , to convert a regular recipe to LC are the flour , sugar etc. evenly exchanged?? Someone just sent me a blueberry bundt cake and I’d like to make it LC.. Any chance of that?? Thanks for all your terrific recipes !! Love them🙂
    Ruth Mowry
    Fla.

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