TODAY   |  October 01, 2013

Layer up the veggies in this hot, healthy dish

Sal Scognamillo of Patsy’s Italian Restaurant cooks up a hearty vegetarian treat by layering eggplant, spinach, cheese, and just a touch of sauce for a meal that looks like a napoleon dessert pastry, but has all the nutrients for a balanced meal.

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>>> it's time to take you into today's kitchen and show you what's cookin'. on the menu, an italian-style vegetable main course .

>> then who knows italian cooking better than sal! from his italian restaurant right here in new york city .

>> glad to have you back.

>> thank you. i made this 20 years ago for people, vegetarians but it gives you a main course . staples with zucchini and eggplant. i sliced them up. i left the skin on. a little flour and egg.

>> egg after that.

>> yes. olive oil .

>> uh-huh, uh-huh.

>> very simple.

>> so far, we can do it.

>> you can do it.

>> how long do you cook those babies for?

>> a minute or two minutes on each side.

>> here we have spinach that we steamed already. i have olive oil and some garlic. i love the smell of that.

>> the idea is to try to keep this dry. the big part about this dish is to keep it as dry as you can so i wouldn't add any more water. salt and pepper .

>> that smells good.

>> smells good, tastes good. we move over here where we start to assemble. this is a baking pan . you put the butter and bread crumbs so when you unmold it, it's easy to do.

>> i already put the layer of eggplant.

>> i love eggplant.

>> you can hand me those?

>> yep.

>> going to make it like a little lasagna?

>> a little sauce. not too much. you want to keep it wet. not too much. a layer of vegetables. now i have the zucchini.

>> oh, gosh. awesome!

>> i can't even fake it.

>> plop down that tomato sauce .

>> cheese. and on on. the layer of spinach now.

>> oh.

>> nice and dry. pat it down. come around this side. come around this side here. . we bake this in the oven at 400 degrees for about --

>> oh, look at it.

>> it's napoleon because it looks like a napoleon.

>> it sure does. how long do you cook this?

>> about 35 to 45 minutes. you put it here in a dish, flip it over.

>> beautiful.

>> then we put some tomato sauce . parmesan cheese .

>> no cheese for me.

>> give it a shot.

>> tomorrow from the show "iron side" the very handsome blair underwood .

>> and you see that. look what happened with the mustard. gonzo!

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