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Grandma’s Eggplant Tomato Bake

Grandma sure knew a lot of things, but the thing she knew best was tasty, yet rustic home-cooked food. She could waltz into the kitchen and whip up something amazing for dinner without ever cracking open a cookbook. She used what she had on hand in combinations that seemed to always work and after dinner, there were only crumbs left to show for it. Every time she cooked, it was with a ton of knowledge and a whole lot of love.

In the height of summer, when garden produce was bountiful, she’d often fold it into casseroles and bakes like this one. She loved versatile recipes that could be used time and time again with different ingredients, and we do too. This bake is one of those, but the combination of eggplant, savory thyme, and cheese topped with sweet baked tomato slices is so good we doubt you’ll want to try another.

Cooking the cubed eggplant briefly keeps it from making the whole dish too watery, and sauteing the onions along with it gives them a chance to caramelize a bit and bring some nice savory-sweet flavor to the whole thing. We love a bit of fresh thyme mixed in, but any of your favorite herbs would do just fine.

In so many ways, Grandma is our inspiration in the kitchen. Simple, wholesome meals that don’t take a lot of fuss but bring a whole lot of happiness (and a whole lot of taste). This Eggplant Tomato Bake exemplifies everything about her cooking that we love so much!

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