Eggplant Tower

Sent in by Beth Hilleke

Eggplant - not the little kind
Arugula or spinach or other greens, fresh and washed
Fresh basil
Tomato sauce or diced tomatoes or spaghetti sauce (if not using spaghetti sauce, you'll need to add LOTS more seasonings)
Ham slices
White cheese (Swiss, provolone, Gouda, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, etc.) in thin slices
Misc. vegetables - green peppers, celery, carrots, etc.
optional:Parmesan cheese

Wash and peel larger eggplants; smaller ones can be washed and left unpeeled. Slice into 1/2" circles. Set aside.
Grease glass baking dish, approx. 7x11 or size to hold however many "towers" you want to end up with.

Spread very thin layer of tomato sauce in dish. Place a single layer of eggplant slices, using the largest slices, in the pan, edges touching when possible.

On top of each eggplant slice, place a thin slice of ham, some greens, a slice of cheese, and some fresh basil. Spoon a dollop of tomato sauce on top of each tower. Ham and cheese slices should be smaller in diameter than the eggplant slice.

Put another slice of eggplant on top of each tower, using the next largest slices, and repeat the layers.

Put another slice of eggplant on top, using the smaller slices, and repeat the layers, omitting the last dollop of tomato sauce.

Finely chop any remaining eggplant and mix with the remaining tomato sauce. To the sauce also add any leftover greens (chop with scissors), and any other finely chopped veggies you want to add - green peppers are a nice addition.

Gently pour/spread sauce over the towers.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, or strew grated cheese over the top.

Spray a piece of aluminum foil with non-stick spray and place it spray side down over the pan. (Neat trick to keep the foil from sticking, huh?)

Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes; vent or remove foil after 30 minutes to help the juiciness evaporate just a bit.

This freezes well, though becomes even more juicy when thawed. And like most lasagna-ish dishes, it's even better as a leftover than it is the first time around.