Dorian’s Marinara Sauce

recipe created by Dorian Lara especially for his Eggplant Parmesan

extra virgin olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
1/4 carrot, diced
1/3 large head garlic, peeled and diced
1 – 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 – 28 can diced tomatoes
1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
dried oregano
dried basil
dried thyme
dried marjoram
dried rosemary
black pepper
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
10 “twigs” fresh thyme, strip leaves from stems

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in large stock pot.
  2. Add onion and carrot and saute until onion is just barely caramelized.
  3. Reduce heat and add garlic (reserving 2 cloves). Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add all tomato products. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add dried herbs and pepper to taste.
  6. Add fresh basil and thyme leaves (discard the stems).
  7. Simmer for 1-2 hours partially covered. If it looks a little runny, remove lid and cook until thickened.
  8. Before serving, add the two reserved cloves of garlic – just smash and toss them in.
  • Yes, that’s 1/3 of a head of garlic, not 1/3 of a clove.
  • You can use an “Italian seasoning” blend to replace the dried herbs if you prefer.
  • You can make a double or triple batch and freeze the extra.

Dorian’s Eggplant Parmesan

recipe created by Dorian Lara

Dorian brought this yummy dish to one of our potlucks. It is one of the best that I have ever tasted – I think I had 2 servings.

2 large eggplants
lots of salt
flour
3 eggs
1 Tbsp milk
2 cups dry bread crumbs
1 Tbsp dry oregano
1 Tbsp dry thyme
pepper
7 cups Dorian’s Marinara Sauce
mozzarella cheese, sliced
Parmesan, freshly grated

Directions

  1. Slice the eggplant into 1/2″ thick rounds.
  2. Lay them on a cookie sheet (or other flat surface) that already has a layer of salt on the bottom. Cover the top of the slices with more salt. Let sit for 1 hour.
  3. After one hour, thoroughly rinse the eggplant in cool running water and pat dry.
  4. To bread the eggplant, set up a station using three different flat bowls leading up to the cookie sheet.
    • flour
    • eggs beaten with milk
    • breadcrumbs, oregano, thyme, and pepper (to taste)
  5. Dredge both sides of the eggplant slices in flour. Shake off any excess flour.
  6. Dip in egg mixture.
  7. Press into bread crumb mixture – really pack on the  bread crumbs.
  8. Place breaded slices on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
  9. Pour some of the marinara sauce into the bottom of a 13×9 dish.
  10. Place half of the breaded, cooked eggplant on the sauce.
  11. Spoon a small amount of sauce over the eggplant.
  12. Place a thin slice of mozzarella over each piece. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  13. Spoon more sauce on top.
  14. Repeat layers.
  15. Pour any remaining sauce over the top.
  16. Bake, covered, at 350 for 30 minutes.
  17. Remove the cover and continue to bake for another 30 minutes.
  • The salt will weep the bitter juices from the eggplant.  Dorian recommends using kosher salt.
  • Dorian designed the marinara recipe for this dish so it should make the proper amount of sauce.

Taco Seasoning Mix

adapted by Marissa Davis Hefner
from Bill Echols on Allrecipes.com

1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Store in an airtight container.
  • You can double, triple (or more) and store for later use.
  • Depending on how spicy you and your family like your dishes, use as little or as much as you want.

Carnitas Seasoning

adapted by Marissa Davis Hefner from Erin Parker on Allrecipes.com

1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 Tbsp crumbled dried oregano
1/2 Tbsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Store in airtight jar.
  3. This batch makes enough to season 8 pounds of pork roast. You can double, triple (or more) and store for later use.
Marissa tripled all of the ingredients, except the cinnamon and left out the bay leaf from Erin’s recipe. I decreased the amount of salt.