Nancy Silverton's Epic Eggplant Lasagna

Hello my little elves, I've been cooking so much lately, writing this newsletter feels more like an intervention than a celebration. But celebrate we shall, especially when I tell you about Nancy Silverton's epic eggplant lasagna! I made this a few Christmases ago for a large gathering (remember those?) and I always remembered the incredible scope of it: the saucy, zesty tomato eggplant layer with the surprising addition of za'atar; the incredible cheese sauce / Bechamel with mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmesan; and then the burnished top which you finish under the broiler. It's the kind of holiday dinner that doesn't even make you think of the V-word (that V-word being vegetarian) but if you have Vs in your family, this is a terrific option.

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