Simpler is often better, and that’s the case here. This recipe makes a quick, easy, and elegant meal. As usual, we recommend whole wheat or gluten-free pasta. Any shape will do, but we prefer this dish made with bow ties.
This lightened-up version of eggplant Parmesan is a lovely dish to serve at a party or luncheon. We also bring leftovers in our lunch bag to eat cold or heat up in a microwave or oven. Slice eggplant lengthwise to make luncheon-size servings, or slice across to form small, round pieces to serve as appetizers.
The first time I saw these at a party, I was afraid to try them. I’m not a big fan of jalapeños in the first place, and I don’t like extremely spicy food. Somehow I was convinced to take a tiny bite, then a bigger bite, and finally the whole delicious morsel! Cream cheese (or any dairy) neutralizes capsaicin compounds that are responsible for the heat, so you end up with creamy peppers that are surprisingly mild—most of the time.